Dual Credit Research Project

In light of concerns about the rapid expansion of dual-credit programs across the state, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) have partnered on a targeted dual-credit research agenda that includes two main objectives. The first is to examine how dual-credit programs benefit Texas high school students and the State of Texas. The second is to determine where possible improvements in the quality and the efficiency of academic and career and technical dual-credit programs can be made to ensure that education in Texas remains affordable, accessible, and of high quality.

The project aims to develop targeted guidance on how to reform dual-credit policies and practices to better support students in Texas in order to reach the goals of 60x30TX, the State’s strategic plan for higher education. This research will also offer insights into how other states might develop effective and efficient dual-credit programs, and contribute to scholarly research on dual-credit education.

The research team’s approach will utilize a combination of qualitative and quantitative analytic methods and will draw on a wide range of data sources, including: administrative data from the THECB and the Texas Education Agency, test data assessing college readiness, transcripts from interviews and focus groups, classroom observations, course syllabi, graded assignments, and state funding records, among others. A final report, tentatively scheduled for release in December 2018, will disseminate findings from the study as a whole.