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Effective Practices in Online Dual Enrollment: Spotlight North Carolina

Effective Practices in Online Dual Enrollment: Spotlight North Carolina

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Learn how North Carolina developed a cutting-edge online dual enrollment program to promote college going among at-risk students
Learn how North Carolina developed a cutting-edge online dual enrollment program to promote college going among at-risk students

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Efective Practicesin Online DualEnrollment: SpotlightNorth Carolina
Dual enrollment is dened as high school students taking college credits that count toward a diploma and degree. Highereducation institutions partner with K-12 school districts to oer higher-level course work or dual credit. As a result, it’s nosurprise that schools typically target high-achieving students or inclusion. Ater all, the results are easy to see in the ormo motivated students accelerating degree completion.But there’s clearly room or expansion. While dual enrollment programs are growing nationally – more than hal o all Ameri-can colleges and universities now enroll high school students or college credit – today’s dual enrollment programs are notreaching the greater risk students who are critical to increasing high school and college graduation rates. These studentsinclude economically or socially disadvantaged learners; would-be rst-generation college students; and academically-advanced students whose needs are not being met by current academic structures.
North Carolina is one state where eective practices in online dual en-rollment are making a real dierence. In act, North Carolina has beenidentied as one o eight cutting-edge states that are designing andimplementing statewide dual enrollment policies. In the process, they arewidening the range o high school students attaining college credit romstrictly the gited and talented. This report surveys the online dual enroll-ment landscape in North Carolina, highlights key actors that osteredNorth Carolina’s success and breaks down critical roles.
Learn and Earn
North Carolina launched Learn and Earn in 2004 as a collaborativesolution spearheaded by Governor Easley, with the support o NorthCarolina’s General Assembly, community college system, State Board oEducation and local school districts. The goal o Learn and Earn was toincrease the number o high school graduates in North Carolina and bet-ter prepare them or the demands o the 21st century global economy. It’sbased on the idea that students with more advanced levels o educationwill benet economically in the uture – the more a student learns, themore he or she will earn.“To compete in the global economy o today, higher education is becom-ing increasingly necessary,” says Stephen Goldsmith, director o the Inno-vations in American Government Awards at Harvard’s Kennedy School oGovernment. “Learn and Earn engages both public and private partnersin eorts to ensure educational opportunity or North Carolina students.The culture o cooperation and adoption o a dual approach—emphasiz-ing both academic achievement and college accessibility—is worthy oreplication throughout the country.”“By providing students ree college while they are in high school and mak-ing a our-year degree more aordable, Learn and Earn gives children theopportunity to reach their ull potential and helps North Carolina build themost skilled workorce in the nation,” says ormer Governor Mike Easley.
Learn and Earn Online (LEO)
The state also recognized a need to provide rural school districts with dualenrollment opportunities and/or early college high school partnerships.With this in mind, North Carolina started Learn and Earn Online (LEO) in2008 as part o the broader Learn and Earn initiative. Today, Learn andEarn Online brings dual credit opportunities to students across the stateand transcends traditional limitations o geography and demography.
The culture o cooperationand adoption o a dual approach – emphasizingboth academic achievementand college accessibility – is worthy o replicationthroughout the country.
Stephen Goldsmith
Director o Innovations in AmericanGovernment Awards, Harvard Kennedy School o Government
The state-unded LEO program enables public high school students to earn ree online college credit and allows quali-ed non-public high school students to do the same or only the cost o textbooks and supplies. The North CarolinaCommunity College System (NCCCS) and The University o North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), through iSchool,provide the college courses.Full-time Equivalent (FTE), a measure o student enrollment, and a per student technology ee are used to determinehow higher education institutions are paid. High schools continue to receive the same unding they would i a student wasnot enrolled in LEO. As a result, post-secondary institutions have an incentive or increasing student enrollment, and theirsecondary counterparts are not penalized.Textbooks or students taking LEO courses rom community colleges are paid or by the Local Education Agencies (LEAs).The LEAs receive a grant that unds the cost o books. Once the grant money is depleted, it is up to the LEAs to pay orthe books. Textbooks or students taking LEO courses rom UNCG’s iSchool are paid or by iSchool.
The organizations include:
Though the North Carolinagovernment set the stage orLEO through its legislation,the day-to-day success o theprogram came rom the ocuso all those involved and theirwillingness to partner with eachother. A number o organiza-tions actively work together ina coordinated, meaningul wayto break down the silos betweenthem and make LEO a success.
North Carolina’sLearn and EarnOnline
Course Offerings
NC Government-sanctioned program
(high schools)
NCVPSVirtual EarlyColleges
Student and Distance Learning Advisor Support provided by NCVPS

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