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College Now Program Data

Posted By: Stuart Cochran on April 24, 2008
This article which revises a model for the efficacy of dual enrollment programs in preparing students for college success is very welcome. CCRC and Drs. Karp and Hughes should be commended for the extent and quality of research they have focused on this area and the attention it has brought to this crucial educational effort.

I would like to make one additional comment about a few data issues the article raises in connection with the NYC site, which was part of the larger College Now program. Because the study narrative discusses the status of programs in 2003-2004, a reader may be left with a somewhat unclear view of the data we have on College Now students, most of which is maintained in a central not a campus data base. Not only do we have demographic and course outcomes data that can be disaggregated by participating school, but we have also since 2001-2002 determined where large numbers of College Now students go to college in CUNY when they enter as first-time freshman and how they fare at the postsecondary level. In fact, CCRC recently published a longitudinal study using such data ("The Postsecondary Achievement of Participants in Dual Enrollment: An Analysis of Student Outcomes in Two States" Oct 2007).

Stuart Cochran
Director of Research & Evaluation for Collaborative Programs
The City University of New York

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