Early College and Dual Enrollment Organizations Applaud the Announcement of a Dual Enrollment Experimental Site for Federal Pell Grants

The announcement is an important step toward increasing college completion rates nationwide

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ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY — Bard College applauds President Obama’s recent announcement of a dual enrollment experimental site for federal Pell grants. Across the country, 1.4 million students participate in dual enrollment, which enables high-school-age students to enroll in college courses. However, Pell grants—the most important source of federal financial aid for low-income students aspiring to a college education—are not available to students who are still in high school. This experiment will help identify new approaches to enrolling more low-income students in early college and other dual enrollment programs. Dual enrollment and early college models are proven to significantly increase low-income students’ chances of college enrollment and completion, providing an effective pathway to and through college.

At a time when postsecondary education is critical to the economy, but only 9 percent of those born in the lowest family income quartile attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25 (compared to 54 percent in the top quartile), we need to dramatically increase the numbers of low-income students gaining early exposure to college through dual enrollment.

“This announcement is an important first step toward investing higher education funds more effectively in pathways that are proven to improve students’ rates of college access and completion. Early college and dual enrollment programs rethink the traditional high school through college continuum and make college degrees an affordable and achievable goal for students,” said Clara Botstein, Director of Strategy for the Bard Early College network. “The Pell grant program has long provided essential support for low-income students pursuing higher education; the proposed experimental site can help us think through how to use Pell dollars to both increase the number of students on proven pathways to college degrees—specifically pathways that begin with earning college credits in high school—and to support the college education offered at low or no cost through early college and dual enrollment programs.

 

Bard College and partner organizations, including Jobs for the Future, EdWorks/KnowledgeWorks, Middle College National Consortium, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, and the Ohio Early College Association, are working to expand early college high schools and dual and concurrent enrollment options for students. Bard and its partner organizations have worked closely with over 10,400 dual and concurrent enrollment programs, early college high schools, and their postsecondary partners across the country, with many more currently in development across the nation.

 

“We and our partners strongly believe that the proposed experimental site has the potential to bring to bear smart and effective uses of Pell for dual enrollment that will result in persistence through college and credential completion for low-income students. We stand ready to work collaboratively with the Administration to ensure an effective and informative dual enrollment experimental site,” said Joel Vargas, Vice President at Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit working to improve the pathways leading from high school to college to family-supporting careers.


Founded in 1860, Bard College is an independent four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences located in Annandale, NY. Bard College joined the early college movement in 1979, when Simon’s Rock—the country’s first private, residential early college—merged with Bard. Since establishing the first Bard High School Early College in 2001, Bard has built a record of success in operating tuition-free, public-private early college partnerships. The network of Bard Early Colleges—with campuses in New York City (in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Long Island City, Queens, and the Harlem Children’s Zone); Newark, NJ; Cleveland, OH; New Orleans, LA; and, as of fall 2015, Baltimore, MD—offers students the opportunity to earn up to 60 transferable college credits and an Associate in Arts degree from Bard College, tuition-free, within the four years of traditional high school.

 

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Dual Enrollment Experiment for Pell Grants. (2016, January 13). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 05:15, November 25, 2017, from http://classbrain.net/teens/dual-enrollment-experiment-pell-grants/
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Cynthia Kirkeby, “Dual Enrollment Experiment for Pell Grants.” ClassBrain Teens. 13 January 2016, 13:30 UTC. . 25 Nov 2017 <http://classbrain.net/teens/dual-enrollment-experiment-pell-grants/>.
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Cynthia Kirkeby, “Dual Enrollment Experiment for Pell Grants.” ClassBrain Teens, http://classbrain.net/teens/dual-enrollment-experiment-pell-grants/ [accessed November 25, 2017].
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Cynthia Kirkeby, Dual Enrollment Experiment for Pell Grants [Internet]. ClassBrain Teens; 2016 January 13, 13:30 UTC [cited 2017 Nov 25]. Available from: http://classbrain.net/teens/dual-enrollment-experiment-pell-grants/.
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Cynthia Kirkeby, Dual Enrollment Experiment for Pell Grants. ClassBrain Teens. January 13, 2016, 13:30 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/dual-enrollment-experiment-pell-grants/. Accessed November 25, 2017.