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Dual Enrollment Continues to Provide Opportunity
By Dr. Christal M. Albrecht, ACC President
Thursday, October 11, 2018

As colleges throughout Texas work to reach a state mandate to increase the award of degrees and certificates, Dual Enrollment is an important component to meeting that goal.

Texas colleges and universities are trying to achieve the 60x30 goal set by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to have 60 percent of 25 to 34 year old Texans earn a certificate or degree by 2030.

I wanted to provide our community with information about Dual Enrollment and how it benefits our students and why it is important to our community and economy.

Dual Enrollment courses are college-level classes that meet standards for high school education as well as the rigor of college classes. It benefits students in many ways including giving them a jump start on completion of a college credential.

We have 2,069 students in our Dual Enrollment courses at 8 high school campuses with Alvin ISD, Danbury ISD and Pearland ISD, a number that has increased by 170 percent in the past 10 years.

Our Dual Degree program continues to grow every year. In 2018, we had 152 students graduate with their Associate Degree while at the same time receiving their high school diploma. Nearly 500 students have finished the Dual Degree program since we started it in 2008.

Besides providing a boost for students in their higher education career, Dual Enrollment makes college more affordable for everyone, including low-income families.

Costs for a Dual Enrollment three-hour course for an in-district student runs approximately $105. An out-of-district student pays approximately $168 per course. A similar course at a university can cost up to $2,000 at a university. At the University of Houston-Clear Lake, a three-hour course runs approximately $1,000. Each course completed in Dual Enrollment can save students and parents thousands of dollars in their college education.

Students in Dual Enrollment courses also perform well academically once they transfer to a university or other four-year institution. According to a study by the University of Texas System, Dual Enrollment students post higher GPA scores than students who have not taken Dual Enrollment and they are more likely to graduate with their degree.

To put it plainly: Dual Enrollment works both financially and academically for those who participate. As we move forward to meet the goal of the 60X30 plane, Dual Enrollment will remain our most important contributor to that goal.

If you would like any more information about Dual Enrollment, please visit our website:

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