State policy related to dual/concurrent enrollment can be difficult to track across the 50 states, creating a challenge for state policymakers to stay up-to-date with what is happening across the country. This resource, the only one of its kind, provides a national look at the number of states that have each of 20 policies in place regarding dual enrollment basics, as well as the four key dual enrollment policy areas of access, finance, ensuring course quality and transferability.

Some key takeaways from this resource:
 

  • Without a requirement that eligible students may participate, schools and districts may not be inclined to promote dual/concurrent enrollment for students.
  • Some express concern that dual enrollment courses taught by high school teachers may not meet the same level of rigor as courses taught by postsecondary faculty on postsecondary campuses.
  • How funding flows can either incentivize schools to participate or deter participation. If courses meet rigorous criteria yet students are denied transfer credit at another postsecondary institution, the value of dual enrollment as an option for students to save money and time to degree is negated.