Dual enrollment students are more likely to finish high school, matriculate in a postsecondary institution, and experience greater postsecondary success. 

Consequently, states are increasingly viewing dual enrollment as a strategy to promote postsecondary attainment and workforce readiness and are taking steps to broaden student access to dual enrollment coursework. 

This brief published by Education Commission of the States proposes states: :

  • Broaden dual enrollment access to middle-achieving students, including students who are college-ready but uncertain about their post–high school plans, as well as students who are not college-ready but would succeed in a dual enrollment course with some support.
  • Provide pre-collegiate experiences to middle- and lower-achieving high school students that will either prepare them for dual enrollment by the final semester of their senior year or help them set their sights on enrolling in college after high school graduation.