Although this news is promising, the report suggests that minority students are participating at much lower rates and, in some instances, not at all. In fact, many schools with high minority populations do not offer dual enrollment programs, suggesting an equity issue. But, as states continue to experience pressure to produce more college graduates, dual-enrollment programs can be used to improve participation among minority and low-income students.
"On Ramp to College" reviews trends in a growing number of states and shows how dual enrollment can serve as an "on ramp" to postsecondary education. It highlights successful statewide dual-enrollment efforts, provides a step-by-step plan for policymakers to create successful programs and assess current approaches and guides state officials in providing a wide range of students equal access to dual enrollment and making the strategy part of a continuous system for grades 9-16.