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Concurrent Enrollment


In May 2009, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 09-1319 and Senate Bill 09-285, the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act. The act created the concurrent enrollment program, defined as the simultaneous enrollment of a qualified student in a local education provider and in one or more postsecondary courses, including academic or career and technical education courses, which may include course work related to apprenticeship programs or internship programs, at an institution of higher education. The collective intent is to broaden access to and improve the quality of concurrent enrollment programs, improve coordination between institutions of secondary education and institutions of higher education and ensure financial transparency and accountability. Beyond coordinating and clarifying the existing concurrent enrollment programs, the bills also created the “5th year” ASCENT program for students to continue participating in concurrent enrollment for one year following their 12th grade year. For questions about Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT, please contact Mary Anne Hunter at 303-866-6596 or


Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment for 2014-15

In collaboration with the Department of Higher Education, CDE released the Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment in May 2016 with new data highlighting the enrollment and outcomes of Concurrent Enrollment students in the 2014-2015 school year. Highlights include:

  • Concurrent Enrollment continues to see sustained increases in participation, up 13% statewide with 23,127 students participating in 2014-15.
  • Statewide, 94% of districts and 84% of high schools offer Concurrent Enrollment programs.
  • The majority of concurrent enrollment hours taken by students - 93% - were passed in 2014-15 (up from 89% in the previous year).
  • More than 1,200 students in Concurrent Enrollment programs earned some type of postsecondary credential in 2014-15. 
  • More than half of students who participated in ASCENT in 2014-15 were Hispanic, a minority group that is historically underrepresented in postsecondary education.
  • Students who participated in dual enrollment programs in high school had higher first-year credit hour accumulation, grade point averages, and retention rates in college.



Concurrent Enrollment Policy and Example Practices

ASCENT Guidelines

  • Guidelines for the administration of  the ASCENT program, as established by the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board.

2016 October Count Resource Guide  (pages 49-52)

Frequently Asked Questions

Recommendations for Work-Based Learning in Concurrent Enrollment

  • House bill 15-1275 clarified that work-based learning opportunities, such as course work related to pre-apprenticeship programs and internship programs may be included in concurrent enrollment programs.

Concurrent Enrollment for Students with Disabilities

  • Technical assistance document from CDE's Exceptional Student Services Unit

Department of Higher Education Concurrent Enrollment Site


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