Study finds college classes underused by high school students

December 14th, 2005 by Key Magazine

High school students benefit from taking college classes while in high school. Dual-enrollment programs have grown in popularity amongst college-bound high school students. But a recent study found that despite the popularity, college classes are still underused by high school students.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Center for School Change would like to see more students taking advantage of the dual-enrollment program that gives high school students a realistic view of what college is like without the hefty price tag.

Center Director Joe Nathan and other staff members spent nine months creating the study, an analysis of Minnesota’s 20-year-old Post Secondary Enrollment Options program. The program allows high school juniors and seniors to take college-level courses at Minnesota institutions for college and high school credit. The state and school districts pick up the bill for tuition and books.

James Brandt, a guidance counselor at Denfeld High School, said most students who participate are overachievers who can handle added responsibility. But when taking on the stress of college life, students can become detached from what’s happening in their high school.

“We want to make sure they understand that they have to be mature enough to stop in and see what’s going on in school,” Brandt said.

Encouraging your high school juniors and seniors to participate in local dual-enrollment programs can help them prepare for college while working toward graduation for high school and accumulating needed credits for college graduation at the same time. It is like offering your students the best of both worlds. As a guidance counselor, you have the ability to recommend qualified students. Check into the programs in your area. Promote them to students ready to handle the responsibility.

If you have experience with the college credit while in high school programs, share your experience with the community of counselor companion. Other schools can benefit from your knowledge.

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