The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) partnered to develop policy recommendations to expand equitable access to dual enrollment opportunities for high school students across Nevada. A Dual Enrollment Task Force (Task Force) made up of stakeholders from across K-12 and higher education met from December 2020 to October 2021.
Dual enrollment programs, which allow students to earn college credit while enrolled in high school, have proven highly effective in Increasing high school graduation and college enrollment rates. Despite broad opportunities for dual enrollment in Nevada, there are critical gaps in enrollment, specifically for students from low-income families, first generation college students, and students who are historically underserved.
The Task Force was charged with making specific recommendations to the NSHE Chancellor and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction that address the key challenges to broad implementation of dual enrollment with a focus on ensuring equitable access.
The Dual Enrollment Task Force delivered a report of recommendations to the NSHE Chancellor and State Superintendent in October 2020:
On December 2, 2021, the NSHE Board of Regents received a presentation and considered policy changes based on the Task Force's recommendations:
To inform the Task Force's goal of expanding equitable access to dual enrollment, NSHE developed a Dual Enrollment Data Dashboard which includes information for each academic year on the number of high school students (freshman through senior standing) who are enrolled in an NSHE dual and/or concurrent enrollment course; the number and percentage of high school students who graduate having had a dual and/or concurrent enrollment experience in high school, and the number and percent of Nevada high school graduates with a dual and/or concurrent enrollment experience that continue to NSHE and enroll immediately following high school graduation.