North Carolina is one state where eective practices in online dual en-rollment are making a real dierence. In act, North Carolina has beenidentied 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 gited 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 oEducation 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 benet 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 oGovernment. “Learn and Earn engages both public and private partnersin eorts 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 oreplication throughout the country.”“By providing students ree college while they are in high school and mak-ing a our-year degree more aordable, Learn and Earn gives children theopportunity to reach their ull potential and helps North Carolina build themost skilled workorce 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.
Director o Innovations in AmericanGovernment Awards, Harvard Kennedy School o Government