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Strategic Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Bridge Programs

Transformation for students, schools and colleges to close access, equity, and achievement gaps.

Dual enrollment is an effective acceleration strategy for both high performing and underperforming students, resulting in benefits in high school and also well into college. Improved outcomes in high school include higher CAASPP Scores and College & Career Readiness rates; college outcomes include increased Course Pass Rates, College Persistence, and College Completion.


A strategic dual enrollment program transforms a high school by creating college-aligned academic programs through well-structured intersegmental communities of practice. The strategic alignment of the high school and college academic programs result in greater post-secondary pathways for students.

While strategic dual enrollment can be applied to all content areas, we recommend beginning with mathematics for several reasons. To name a few:

  • Achievement gaps are higher in math than any other subject,
  • Many students perceive themselves as “bad at math” and avoid the subject in 12th grade,
  • Many students pursuing STEM majors struggle with Calculus and change majors, and
  • Black and Hispanic students are underrepresented in both STEM majors and the STEM workforce.

Core Activities (mathematics example)

Activity
Outputs
*In-Person Recommended

Partnership & Strategy Development

College Strategy Sessions:
Strategic Planning with Leadership Team and Math Dept.
  • Set Strategic Planning Team
  • Set Goals: SLAM & BSTEM Math Throughput, Persistence, Completion, subgroup variations
  • Identify Human Resources for Program Activities
  • Select Dual Enrollment Courses
  • Alignment with AB1705 and related initiatives
High School Strategy Sessions Part I:
Strategic Planning with Leadership Team
  • Set Strategic Planning Team
  • Set Goals: CAASPP, College & Career Readiness Indicator, subgroup variations
  • Identify Human Resources for Program Activities
  • Alignment with related initiatives
Intersegmental Strategy Sessions
  • Goal Alignment
  • MOU/CCAP Agreement
  • Student Recruitment Strategy

Implementation Phase I – Student Recruitment*

High School Strategy Sessions Part II*
Strategic Planning with Math & Counseling Depts.
  • Student Recruitment Strategy
  • Math Program Revision (Courses)
  • Activities Calendar
Student Recruitment*
  • Program Applications

Implementation Phase II – Instructor Professional Development

Intersegmental Instructor PDs:
Course Planning
  • Scope & Sequence
  • Syllabus
  • Assessment Plan
  • Co-Teaching Plan (if applicable)
Intersegmental Instructor PDs:
Calibration & Team Grading
  • Test Grades & Final Course Grades
  • Data for Continuous Improvement

Evaluation & Revision

Outcomes Meeting
  • Program Revisions

Related Activities

Common Assessments

Team Grading Professional Development requires the use of common assessments and a rubric. In preparation, the following related PD activities are recommended:

  • Identifying Course Learning Targets
  • Developing Common Assessments & Rubrics

CT Bridge

Success in college requires preparation and planning. The College Transition Bridge (CT Bridge) program utilizes the senior year of high school to walk students through the planning process from choosing a major to timely completion of paperwork to developing a college completion plan.

Related Past Projects

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Dinuba Success Story

How did students at a rural high school in Central California not only acquire the necessary skills to become college ready, but also to pass college-level math classes, all in the span of their senior year?

Project Reports

College Bridge - M-PReP Final Report December 2021

Math Pipeline Readiness Project (M-PReP) Final Report

Executive Summary The most effective catalyst for school transformation is a strategic disruption. Our team spent the last four years embedded in a unique, innovative, roller-coaster of an experience called the Math Pipeline Readiness Project (M-PReP). We knew the project would be complicated given the lofty goal to create systemic

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College Bridge - SLAM Final Report

South Los Angeles Math (SLAM) Project

Executive Summary “My perception of being college-ready is way different from what I imagined in high school. Seeing the difference of how math is taught at a college level, there is no teacher to tell you to stay awake in class or what you are missing or need to turn

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