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Dual Enrollment: Statewide Policy in Place

This database indicates whether a state has a common statewide dual enrollment policy (or state policies governing more than one type of dual enrollment program), or if dual enrollment policies are left to the discretion of local districts and postsecondary institutions.

Why does it matter?
  • Policy helps institutionalize practice.
  • Differing dual enrollment programs may lead to confusion at the local level as to student eligibility requirements, funding mechanisms, and other components that may ultimately discourage student or school participation.


  • Highlights
  • Forty-six states have one or more common statewide dual enrollment policies.
  • Four states and the District of Columbia leave dual enrollment policies to the discretion of local districts and postsecondary institutions.


  • Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Last updated: December 1, 2008

    This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

    Statewide policy in place
    Alabama
  • Yes
  • Alaska
  • No
  • Arizona
  • Yes
  • Arkansas
  • Yes
  • California
  • Yes
  • Colorado
  • Yes
  • Connecticut
  • Yes
  • Delaware
  • Yes
  • District of Columbia
  • No
  • Florida
  • Yes
  • Georgia
  • Yes
  • Hawaii
  • Yes
  • Idaho
  • Yes
  • Illinois
  • Yes
  • Indiana
  • Yes
  • Iowa
  • Yes
  • Kansas
  • Yes
  • Kentucky
  • Yes
  • Louisiana
  • Yes
  • Maine
  • Yes
  • Maryland
  • Yes
  • Massachusetts
  • Yes
  • Michigan
  • Yes
  • Minnesota
  • Yes
  • Mississippi
  • Yes
  • Missouri
  • Yes
  • Montana
  • Yes
  • Nebraska
  • Yes
  • Nevada
  • Yes
  • New Hampshire
  • No
  • New Jersey
  • Yes
  • New Mexico
  • Yes
  • New York
  • No
  • North Carolina
  • Yes
  • North Dakota
  • Yes
  • Ohio
  • Yes
  • Oklahoma
  • Yes
  • Oregon
  • Yes
  • Pennsylvania
  • Yes
  • Rhode Island
  • No
    Notes/Citation: However, in the fall of 2007, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education developed a series of dual enrollment initiatives to focus on the state’s underserved students. A statewide dual enrollment coordinator was hired to oversee these initiatives which include a focus on informed practice, procedure, policy, and implementation as well as a statewide campaign to highlight dual enrollment opportunities across the state’s public and private institutions. The Governor’s PK-16 Council established a Dual Enrollment Subcommittee in the fall of 2007 and charged the subcommittee with developing policy, procedure and implementation plans for statewide dual enrollment initiatives that would target all students, in particular those who were underserved. The Dual Enrollment Subcommittee is developing a memorandum of understanding between the state’s higher education and K-12 commissioners to serve as a guarantee that high school students who enroll and complete a pre-approved college course will also earn credit towards high school completion. A procedure manual is being developed to streamline the documentation of dual enrollment paperwork. Additionally, policy is being crafted to address the issues of developing a statewide dual enrollment agenda. In order to develop informed practices for dual enrollment, the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education is sponsoring a statewide pilot with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The pilot is allowing the state to test a model for dual enrollment that reaches out to students from a low-income, predominantly minority, urban high school in Providence and provides college skills training and academic support as well as 15 transcripted credits. Additionally, five mini-pilots were developed from the larger statewide pilot to test the success of programs ranging from scholarship support for single dual enrollment courses, a partnership between the Community College of Rhode Island and The Met High School to develop an early high school pipeline, a partnership between the University of Rhode Island and Central Falls High School to provide students a "taste" of college coupled with academic support systems, and a three-credit college success course offered to students across the state.
  • South Carolina
  • Yes
  • South Dakota
  • Yes
  • Tennessee
  • Yes
  • Texas
  • Yes
  • Utah
  • Yes
  • Vermont
  • Yes
  • Virginia
  • Yes
  • Washington
  • Yes
  • West Virginia
  • Yes
  • Wisconsin
  • Yes
  • Wyoming
  • Yes


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