Students are flocking to dual-enrollment programs, hoping they’ll get a bigger academic challenge and maybe sock away some college credits, too..
That’s one of the findings of a new survey of school superintendents. Released last week, the survey was conducted in March by Hobsons, which makes the Naviance career-and-college-exploration program, and AASA, the School Superintendents Association. Its aim was to find out how superintendents are using dual-enrollment programs in their districts.
While nearly three-quarters of the 424 superintendents who responded to the survey “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that successful completion of a dual-credit course signifies college readiness, almost one quarter said they “disagreed” or were “neutral” on that statement.
Source: Hobsons and AASA, the School Superintendents Association
Among those who answered neutral, some respondents made the point that while completing a course for college credit might signify intellectual readiness for college, it doesn’t necessarily mean students have the emotional maturity necessary for college, according to a summary of the survey.
Another section of the survey explores the challenges and barriers to implementing dual-credit programs. Many superintendents cited costs for districts, colleges, students, or families as a problem. But they said the biggest challenge was finding qualified teachers for the courses, a struggle that’s cast shadows over some programs.
Eighty-four percent of the superintendents reported that dual-enrollment programs were part of their strategic plans, and 95 percent reported that their districts offer the programs.
A version of this article appeared in the October 05, 2016 edition of Education Week as Poll: Dual Enrollment Vs. College-Ready