Project Abstract

This project, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), assesses evidence of promise for concurrent enrollment as a strategy for improving college attainment for all students in Colorado, with special attention to whether this strategy improves outcomes for students from low-income and minority families.

The goals of this project are to:

  • build the capacity of the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) for evaluating policies aiming to increase college attainment;
  • conduct a preliminary assessment of the student outcomes, costs, and economic benefits of concurrent enrollment in the state of Colorado; and
  • develop a robust, state-level research agenda for improving college outcomes.

The study follows five cohorts of 11th grade students who attended a Colorado secondary school, starting in the 2009-10 school year through the 2015-16 school year.

Agencies: 

Colorado Department of Higher Education

Research Partners: 

Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates Consulting

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems