The relationship between dual enrollment (de) and technical college enrollment, retention, and site of instruction
A credential beyond a high school diploma is increasingly a predictor of future economic success, career attainment and mobility, and quality of life. It is estimated that by 2020 approximately 30 percent of available jobs will require a skill set and knowledge base offered in college certificate, college diploma, or Associate Degree programs. Dual enrollment (DE) is one type of accelerated learning opportunity that offers high school students a head start on earning a postsecondary credential. This study used a quantitative research design with descriptive and inferential statistics to answer research questions on the relationship, if any, between DE participation as high school students and postsecondary enrollment, retention, and instructional site at the same technical college that administered college course work for students who earned DE credit and their non-DE peers who attended the same high schools. Binary logistic regression analyses predicted that DE participation did have a relationship on technical college enrollment but did not have a relationship on technical college retention. Dual enrollment instruction at the high school site was the most reliable predictor of technical college enrollment. Dual enrollment remains as one likely solution to help increase the number of students who pursue education and training beyond a high school diploma and to help students earn a college credential faster by earning college credits prior to high school graduation.