• Introduction

    Accelerated 
learning 
opportunities 
are
 becoming 
increasingly
 common 
strategies 
to
 promote
 high 
school
 graduation 
and
 encourage 
college 
enrollment.
Through
 mechanisms 
such 
as
 Dual
 Enrollment, 
Advanced
Placement
(AP), 
and
International
 Baccalaureate
(IB)
courses, 
students 
get 
a
 head 
start 
on 
earning 
college
 credit 
while 
still
 in 
high 
school. 
The 
goals 
for 
enrolling 
students 
in 
these 
courses 
are 
to 
provide 
them
 with 
more 
rigorous 
curricula 
and
prepare 
them
 for 
college 
coursework 
and
 expectations. 
In 
addition, 
accelerated 
learning 
gives 
them 
the 
motivation, 
financial
 incentive,
 and 
self‐confidence 
to 
continue 
on
to 
college. 
Earning
 college 
credits 
early
 can 
lessen 
the 
time 
and
 cost 
to 
obtaining 
a 
college 
degree.
 Dual 
Enrollment, 
in
particular, 
is 
a 
strategy 
that 
more 
and 
more 
districts 
and
 schools 
are
 using 
to 
advance 
the 
high
 school 
curriculum 
and
 promote 
college 
for 
a 
wide 
range 
of
 students. 
However, 
Dual 
Enrollment 
programs 
can 
be 
quite 
challenging 
to 
implement
 for 
practitioners,
 including 
high
 school 
or 
district 
program
directors ,
guidance
 counselors, 
and 
college 
staff 
and
 faculty. 
High
 school‐college
partnerships, 
articulation,
 funding, 
and 
student 
access 
and 
supports 
are 
all 
critical 
are as 
to 
address
 in 
order 
to
 successfully
implement 
these 
programs.