For questions about Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT, please contact Mary Anne Hunter at 303-866-6596 or Hunter_Mary@cde.state.co.us
Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment for 2016-17
In collaboration with the Department of Higher Education, CDE released the 2016-17 Concurrent Enrollment Annual Report in April, 2018 with new data highlighting the enrollment and outcomes of Concurrent Enrollment students in the 2015-2016 school year. Highlights include:
Concurrent Enrollment continued to see sustained increases in participation in 2016-17, up more than 10 percent statewide (from 2015-16) with 28,290 students participating.
Statewide, 96 percent of school districts (a 2 percentage-point increase from 2015-2016) and 86 percent of high schools (a 4 percentage-point increase from 2015-2016) offer Concurrent Enrollment programs.
Participation in Concurrent Enrollment increased 16 percent among Asian students, 8 percent among African American students, 8 percent among Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students, 21 percent among Hispanic students, 6 percent among White, non-Hispanic students and 12 percent among students identifying as more than one race compared to 2015-16.
High school students attempted a total of 242,728 Concurrent Enrollment credit hours. The average number of credit hours attempted per student was 8.6 with an average of 8 hours passed (averages of 8 credit hours attempted and 7.5 credit hours passed in 2015-2016).
A large majority of the Concurrent Enrollment hours taken by students—94 percent—was passed in 2016-2017. This is a 1 percentage-point increase from 2015-16.
For the second year, more students registered for courses in a specific credential-seeking program than in non-credential seeking programs. More than 83 percent of ASCENT students were enrolled in a credential-seeking program, and more than 52 percent of Concurrent Enrollment students were enrolled in a credential-seeking program.
2,017 students earned some type of postsecondary credential in 2016-2017 while still in high school through Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT programs. This is a 35 percent increase over the total credential-completion number of 1,491 in 2016-16.
Statute and Legislation
- Colorado Revised Statute, 22-35-101 et seq.
- Establishing Legislation:
Practice Sharing from our Districts /Charter Schools
This section provides examples of Concurrent Enrollment practices currently used in Colorado schools and districts. This collection provides school professionals with real-life examples of Concurrent Enrollment practices that can be downloaded and adapted for use in your setting.
- Student/Parent Communication - Windsor High School
- Student Guide - Adams County 50
- Parent Guide - Adams County 50
Submit a Promising Practice
If you would like to submit your Concurrent Enrollment practices and materials, please contact Mary Anne Hunter to post your resources.
Guidelines and Resources
- Concurrent Enrollment Policy and Example Practices :This overview of Concurrent Enrollment policy and example practices provide guidance, support, and ideas for districts, schools, and institutions of higher education looking to implement or grow their concurrent enrollment opportunities.
- Rules for the Concurrent Enrollment Program
- Concurrent Enrollment Specific FAQs
- Concurrent Enrollment Programs FAQS (applicable to both CE and ASCENT)
- Attendance Requirement – concurrent enrollment & ASCENT
- Student October Count Audit Resource Guide
- Concurrent Enrollment for Students with Disabilities
- Concurrent Enrollment Transparency Act (HB 16-1144) Sample Wording (Doc)
- CDHE Ensuring College Readiness and Applicability of Credits Earned
- Checklist for GT Pathways General Education Credit Earned While in High School
- Work-Based Learning in Concurrent Enrollment (Revised June, 2018)
- Comparison Chart (Concurrent Enrollment, ASCENT and Dual Enrollment) - Updated July 2018
Mary Anne Hunter