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Utah Data Reveal Dual Enrollment Supports College Participation & Completion

Data published by the Utah System of Higher Education documents the positive impact of concurrent enrollment in the state. About one-third of Utah’s high school juniors and seniors were concurrently enrolled in high school and college courses during the 2013-2014 school year. Participating students were more than three times as likely to attend college within four years than those who didn’t participate, and participating low-income students were twice as likely to attend college than their peers who did not engage in concurrent enrollment. However, participation among low-income students is lagging. While half of all Utah high school seniors participate in concurrent enrollment courses, only 36 percent of low-income seniors participate. Students who completed between one and three college courses reduced their time needed to graduate by an average of almost two semesters. In 2013-2014, students earned a total 187,680 credits, which would have cost them more than $29 million in total tuition, generating a savings of between $1,300 and $13,500 per student. Read more >