“Letting a thousand flowers bloom” is a frequently used phrase among funders allowing grantees the flexibility to innovate. However, a diversity of approaches can make it difficult to determine whether the funding has impacted the desired outcomes. This collaboration with the Colorado Department of Higher Education focuses on balancing the need for flexibility among recipients of COSI funding with the General Assembly’s need for accountability in improving student outcomes.
Nearly 75% of jobs in Colorado require some education beyond high school but only 66% of the state’s adult population has such qualifications. This study investigates the potential of the state’s Concurrent Enrollment program to increase the number of adults with postsecondary experience. It examines the costs, college outcomes (matriculation, credit accumulation, and persistence), and return on investment of Concurrent Enrollment within Colorado’s public education system.