When Florida high school students take “dual enrollment” classes at college campuses, they improve their chances of enrolling in college and earning a bachelor’s degree, concludes research by the Community College Research Center at Teachers’ College, Columbia. But students who take college classes taught on high school campuses don’t show gains.
It’s believed classes taught on college campuses are more rigorous.
Compared to Advanced Placement students, dual-enrollment students were more likely to start in community colleges but just as likely to complete a bachelor’s degree.
In a second study, high school seniors who passed a math placement test and enrolled in a rigorous college algebra class were 16% more likely to go to college and 23% more likely to earn a college degree than similar students who did not take the class.
However, marginal students — those who just met the minimum requirements for dual enrollment — were no more likely to enroll in or complete college than similar students who did not participate in dual enrollment.