- Saves money for taxpayers by allowing students to take those
core college courses which are also required for high school
graduation only once.
- Allows high school students to advance more quickly through the
pipeline and graduate from college (i.e., enter the workforce)
- Provides students greater flexibility and choice (dual credit
vs. AP.) by expanding options for college-bound high students.
- Rigorous, challenging, and engaging pedagogy is a good way to
keep seniors from taking "easy" electives and losing their academic
"edge." (Recall the "math gap" noted in colleges before the 4x4
model was implemented.)
- "Studies show that dual credit increases the likelihood that a
student will complete high school, and enroll in and persist in
- "Contributes to the goals of Closing the Gaps through greater
participation and increased academic success." (THECB)
- Significantly reduces the cost of higher education. GC tuition
and fees are a fraction of the cost at four year schools.
- Dual Credit courses allow students to better transition to the
college life while still close to home.
A recent study by the Community College Research Center shows
that once in college, students who had taken dual enrollment
courses received higher grade point averages (GPA) and persisted in
completing a college credential at a rate greater than their peers.
Unlike advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs,
dual enrollment classes carry college credit and are not dependent
on a particular score on a standardized testing instrument before a
college will grant credit for the various courses taken in these