Dual Enrollment: Measuring Factors for Rural High School Student Participation

Todd E. Johnson, Michael Brophy

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to explore the reasons 162 rural area high school students participate in the dual enrollment program. Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation with local school districts covering the cost of tuition. Participants in this study were recruited from two rural agricultural counties from Washington State attending a local college. Exploratory factor analysis revealed that dual enrollment participation was related to academics, financial, social, and choice reasons. Results showed no significant differences between 11th and 12th grade participants regarding financial and choice reasons to participate. However, statistically significant differences were found regarding academic and social reasons for participation. Implications for rural educators and recommendations for future research regarding dual enrollment programs are discussed.

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Science Center Partnership: Outreach to Students and Teachers

Linda E. James, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction – Raleigh, jamesl@ecu.edu

Shawn Laatsch, East Carolina University, laatschs@ecu.edu

Michael J. Boss Bossé, East Carolina University, bossem@ecu.edu

Robin Rider, East Carolina University

Tammy Lee, East Carolina University, leeta@ecu.edu

Cynthia J. Anderson, East Carolina University

A university, medical school, and science center along with numerous K-12 public schools, university departments, local businesses, funded grant projects, and federal, state and private grants all work in concert to produce a unique partnership focusing on outreach to public school teachers and students. This article shares the history, work, vision, and future expectations of this partnership and proposes this model as one which can be replicated elsewhere.

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