DUAL ENROLLMENT TASK FORCE RECOMMENDS
UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO COLLEGE IN HIGH SCHOOL
- All high schools shall provide access to dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and/or International Baccalaureate courses in all core academic content areas and in career/technical fields.
- The availability of dual enrollment courses in both technical and academic fields is critical to supporting the varied postsecondary pathways that students pursue. Therefore, courses must be accessible to Louisiana’s students in both areas, with opportunities provided for students to enroll in either or a combination of both.
- Expansion of dual enrollment opportunities should focus on increased access and equitable participation.
- Each high school student should be able to enroll before graduation in at least four dual enrollment courses for which they are eligible, with no tuition or fees charged to the student and minimized cost of attendance expenses such as textbook, testing, and transportation costs.
- Meaningful, predictive assessments administered in 10th grade or earlier will determine the college readiness of students and identify those in need of additional preparation.
- Institutions of higher education should emphasize consistent academic quality in the delivery of postsecondary courses offered for dual enrollment, regardless of course location, instructor type, or delivery modality.
- Existing state and federal funding streams should be utilized to their full extent to expand equitable participation in dual enrollment.
- With a focus on access and equity, the state’s K-12 Accountability System, overseen by BESE, should provide appropriate incentives for schools to increase successful student completion of dual enrollment courses and college-level assessments.
- Incentives for high school teachers to obtain graduate courses or technical certifications necessary to be credentialed as an instructor by a college or university;
- Incentives to increase student preparation and readiness, including but not limited to early predictive assessments, tutoring, test preparation and other effective interventions;
- Incentives for high school counselors to receive the training necessary to support students in their dual enrollment course selections and overall program participation
- Support for districts to establish and sustain intensive cohort-based pathway programs that increase the preparation of students for college and careers, including Early College High Schools and Career Academies; and
- Development and adoption of Open Educational Resources to reduce textbook and materials costs.