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COVID 19 and Concurrent Enrollment
As local education providers (LEPs) consider Concurrent Enrollment and higher education admissions for students in these exceptional times, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) provide this resource to support the local decision-making process.
Annual Report on Dual and Concurrent Enrollment
CDE collaborated with the Department of Higher Education to release the Annual Report on Dual and Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado with new data highlighting the enrollment and outcomes of Concurrent Enrollment students in the 2019-2020 school year.
- Concurrent Enrollment continues to see sustained increases in participation, with an annual growth rate of 16% percent statewide with 40,098 students participating in 2019-20.
- Statewide, 98 percent of school districts and 91 percent of high schools offer Concurrent Enrollment programs.
- Compared to the previous year, participation in Concurrent Enrollment increased 15.8% among American Indian or Alaska Native students, 27 percent among Asian students, 23.3 percent among African American students, 32.9% among Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students, 18.4 percent among Hispanic students, 18.6 percent among White, non-Hispanic students and 19.9 percent among students identifying as more than one race.
- High school students attempted a total of 340,181 Concurrent Enrollment credit hours with nearly 93 percent of all hours passed.
- 64 percent of Concurrent Enrollment students were enrolled in a credential-seeking program.
- Through Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT programs, 2,877 students earned some type of postsecondary credential in 2019-20 while still in high school. This is a nearly 8% decrease over last year’s total high school credential completion number (3,116). Credential completion increased among all credential types except less than 1-year certificates. Since this year’s report includes data from Spring 2020, impacts of COVID-19 and the disruption of the academic year could contribute to this drop.