Study: Location is key for dual enrollment
In a partnership with St. Petersburg College, Pinellas is putting a lot of effort into ramping up dual enrollment opportunities at Gibbs, Boca Ciega and other south county high schools. But if there's any merit to a couple of new studies involving Florida students, we should keep tabs on the long-term results.
Students who take dual enrollment classes on college campuses are more likely to go to college and earn bachelor's degrees than similar students who don't take such classes, according to one of two new studies by the National Center for Postsecondary Research. In fact, they're as likely to earn bachelor's degrees as students who take Advanced Placement classes. But there is no difference for students who take dual enrollment classes at high schools, concluded the study, which tracked Florida high school students who were seniors in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
In the second study, researchers found marginal students who took dual enrollment classes - those who were right above the 3.0 GPA needed to participate - didn't have better college enrollment and degree-earning rates than students who didn't do dual enrollment.
Gibbs offers eight or nine dual enrollment classes and Boca Ciega offers seven, according to information presented at a COQEBS meeting last month. The number of dual enrollment students in Pinellas has risen from 1,580 in the fall of 2009 to 1,768 this fall, with the number of black students doing dual enrollment rising from 58 to 118 over that same period, according to the district.