Condition of Higher Education Report Provides a
Statewide Context for Stark's Dual Credit Growth
Last week, the nine member Ohio Board of Regents released
its third annual report on the condition of higher education in Ohio.
Subtitled Meeting the State's Current and Future Needs Through a "Student Centered University System of Ohio,"
(2.4MB PDF) the report examines whether the
University System of Ohio has "student centered strategies and policies
capable of meeting the needs of a diverse and ever changing student population".
Statewide findings on dual enrollment/credit in the report
underscore the importance of Stark County's growth in this area.
The report noted that while "Ohio's dual enrollment/credit
options allow high school students to earn both high school and college credit
and streamline their paths to degrees" that "dual enrollments in Ohio have
lagged other states - about 2% of high school students participate compared
with 5% nationally."
From an initial 65 in 2006, dual credit enrollment in Stark surpassed
2,300 this year. These figures do not include the 250
students enrolled in Canton's Early College High School who also take
The Regents concluded that "Ohio must strengthen its dual
enrollment policies, and eliminate barriers to student participation, including
financial and communication."
The effort in Stark crosses all 17 school districts. The
Regents also found that economically disadvantaged students were under
represented in dual credit. Over 67% of Stark's enrollments are in districts
with over 30% free and reduced lunch rates.