Despite the major disruption the pandemic has caused for students, education leaders have an opportunity to re-imagine how strategies, like dual enrollment, can transform our systems and students’ lives. In Jumpstart: Setting Goals to Drive Equitable Dual Enrollment Participation in California’s Community Colleges, we analyze data from California’s community colleges to see if they are equitably serving Black, Native, and Latinx students through dual enrollment – and we find they are not yet doing so. This inequitable participation in dual enrollment is not just a challenge for community colleges to solve, this is also an opportunity for K-12 local education leaders to work to provide their students with more opportunities to graduate high school prepared to thrive in higher education.

In Jumpstart, we have shared a policy and practice agenda that we believe, both, K-12 and higher education leaders can and should implement. We take a look at the current landscape of dual enrollment to see who is participating in dual enrollment, especially Black, Latinx, and Native students. Fortunately, there are Community College districts that are equitably serving those students, and we take a closer look at their numbers.

Find a related collection of tools on The Education Trust—West website.