Following the progress made by the Concurrent Courses initiative in California, the Community College Resource Center found that those who participated in the dual high school/college credit program were more likely to:
- Graduate high school on time
- Attend a four year college
- Not take basic skill courses in high school
- Stay in school
- Earn more college credit
According to the report, “the Concurrent Courses initiative was created by The James Irvine Foundation in 2008 and concluded in 2011. Irvine invested $4.75 million to demonstrate, over the course of three years, the feasibility of using dual enrollment programs to enhance college and career pathways for low-income youth who are struggling academically or who are within populations historically underrepresented in higher education.” Sixty percent of the students involved in the program were students of color and 40 percent of students said English was not their first language.
Washington state students are able to receive high school and college credit through the Running Start program.