Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment for 2015-16
In collaboration with the Department of Higher Education, CDE released the 2015-16 Concurrent Enrollment Annual Report in April, 2017 with new data highlighting the enrollment and outcomes of Concurrent Enrollment students in the 2015-2016 school year. Highlights include:
Concurrent Enrollment continues to see sustained increases in participation, up 10 percent statewide with 25,534 students participating in 2015-2016.
Compared to the prior year, participation in Concurrent Enrollment program participation increased among Asian students (18 percent increase), Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students (21 percent increase), Hispanic students (7 percent increase), White, non-Hispanic students (8 percent increase), and students identifying as more than one race (12 percent increase).
In 2015-16, high school students attempted a total of 214,276 Concurrent Enrollment credit hours. The average number of credit hours attempted per student was 8, with an average of 7.5 hours passed (averages of 8.6 credit hours attempted and 7.5 credit hours passed in 2014-15).
A large majority of the Concurrent Enrollment hours taken by students—93 percent— were passed in 2015-16.
For the first time, more students are enrolled in credential-seeking programs than non-credential seeking programs. More than 79 percent of ASCENT students are enrolled in a credential-seeking program. Nearly 54 percent of Concurrent Enrollment students are enrolled in a credential-seeking program.
Through Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT programs, 1,491 students earned some type of postsecondary credential in 2015-16. This is a 21 percent increase over last year’s total credential completion number (1,231).
Participation in ASCENT increased by 5 percent from the previous year, with 485 students participating statewide in 2015-16.
Annual Legislative Reports
Statute, Legislation, and Rules
- This overview of Concurrent Enrollment policy and example practices provide guidance, support, and ideas for districts, schools, and institutions of higher education looking to implement or grow their concurrent enrollment opportunities.
- Concurrent Enrollment Transparency Act (HB 16-1144) Sample Wording (Doc)
- Guidelines for the administration of the ASCENT program, as established by the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board.
2016 October Count Resource Guide (pages 49-52)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Concurrent Enrollment Programs FAQS (applicable to both CE and ASCENT)
- House bill 15-1275 clarified that work-based learning opportunities, such as course work related to pre-apprenticeship programs and internship programs may be included in concurrent enrollment programs.
- Technical assistance document from CDE's Exceptional Student Services Unit