This study provides data from an existing review of secondary data and a survey of dual enrollment managers on the topic of Mississippi community and junior colleges' dual enrollment collaborations with secondary schools and parents of home-schooled students. Dual enrollment, also known as dual credit, concurrent enrollment, and credit based transition, refers to the participation in college-level courses and the earning of college credits by high school students. Dual enrollment has been described as providing benefits such as increasing access to postsecondary education, increasing the rigor of the high school curriculum, savings in time and expenses toward earning a college degree, promoting more efficient use of states' educational resources, and enhancing students' admission to college and subsequent retention and success in college.
The Mississippi Education Reform Act (2006) offered secondary schools and community and junior colleges more autonomy to establish exemplary dual enrollment programs through forged local collaborations. The collaborations may serve to increase high school retention and completion and postsecondary enrollment, retention, and completion.
The primary intention of this mixed methods research is descriptive. Through the extant review of the literature the researcher examined the availability and the content of state dual enrollment policies and what experts in the field consider to be necessary inclusions. The researcher divided the study into two parts. Part I of the research involved a secondary analysis of existing State Board for Community and Junior College (SBCJC) Primary Enrollment data for Academic Years 2006, 2007, and 2008, to describe the extent of dual enrollment participation in Mississippi's 15 CJCs. Part II involved survey research to ascertain the extent of Mississippi community and junior colleges' dual enrollment collaboration practices with high schools and parents of home-schooled students that bridged the gap between secondary and postsecondary education, and dual enrollment managers' perceptions regarding Mississippi CJC's dual enrollment collaboration goals, benefits, and targets.
There was no need for a random sample because the entire population was the focus of the survey. The population was the dual enrollment managers of Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges identified by each college's Chief Academic Officer.
Key Words: dual enrollment, dual credit, collaboration, community and junior college, secondary school, home-school.
|Advisor:||Davis, James (Ed)|
|Commitee:||Campbell, Charles, Stonecypher, Wayne, Wiseman, William M.|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, Secondary education, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Collaboration, Community colleges, Dual credit, Dual enrollment, Home school, Junior college, Mississippi, Parents, Secondary schools|
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