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Improving IPEDS Data Collection on High School Students Enrolled in College Courses

Author(s): Jason L. Taylor, Brian P. An

Publisher: National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) 

Year: 2017


High school students enrolling in college courses (dual enrollment) is a growing phenomenon, but the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) has not evolved to adequately reflect this new reality. Existing IPEDS surveys do not accurately measure dual enrolled students nor the potential influence of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students who dual enrolled in high school. The purpose of this paper is to explore the growing phenomenon of dual enrollment and to identify how IPEDS can improve its enrollment data collection and reporting for this unique subset of students, including identifying what additional data should be collected related to dual enrollment students and courses.

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