22 Mar 2023

Dual enrollment leaders from three colleges shared successes and challenges from their work to identify implementation issues and expand equitable dual enrollment on the March 14 webinar hosted by CLP in collaboration with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO). The three colleges featured—Mendocino College, Riverside City College, and Southwestern College—participate in a dual enrollment community of practice sponsored by the CCCCO and facilitated by CLP. Their presentations covered a range of topics including using different ways of looking at data to identify underrepresented or underserved student groups; outreach and engagement with their communities; expansive partnerships that cross regions; and innovative approaches to student supports (e.g., dual enrollment student ambassadors).

Participants heard first from CCCCO Dean of Academic Affairs, LeBaron Woodyard, who emphasized the importance of the work being done by the community of practice members. He noted that expanding dual enrollment is one of the top three priorities identified by the incoming California Community Colleges Chancellor, Dr. Sonya Christian.

During the Q&A session (begins at 49:52) at the end of the webinar, Dean Woodyard also helped clarify a frequently asked question about asynchronous online dual enrollment courses. He clarified that Title 5 allows for closed sections for cohorts. If a college district has a policy defining cohorts and the CCAP cohort conforms to that policy, then asynchronous instruction could be eligible for closed courses under CCAP.

An overview of the new state funding opportunities for dual enrollment and Golden State Pathways was provided by Dr. Naomi Castro and Laurencia Walker from CLP. These grant opportunities share a focus on equity, and the program goals and criteria have a number of common elements including partnerships, pathways in priority sectors, integration of college and career, integration of work-based learning, and quality standards for pathway design. In particular, CCAP dual enrollment offers a solid foundation for fulfilling the 12-unit early college credit requirement of Golden State Pathways, as CCAP calls for pathway design, embedded student supports, and a focus on equity.

Webinar participants also got a preview of a report summarizing the results of a recent statewide survey of practitioners about barriers to dual enrollment implementation and equitable access and success. Responses to the survey were received from over 300 practitioners representing 85 colleges and 22 college districts.

Access the webinar recording and slides.

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