In May 2009, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 09-1319 and Senate Bill 09-285, the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act. 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 bill also creates the “5th year” ASCENT program for students retained by the high school for instruction beyond the senior year. For questions about Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT, please contact Michelle Camacho Liu at 303-866-6596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment
In collaboration with the Department of Higher Education, CDE released the Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment with data highlighting the enrollment and outcomes of Concurrent Enrollment students in the 2012-2013 school year. Highlights include:
- Concurrent Enrollment participation increased by 28%, with 4,246 more students participating in the program than in the prior year.
- The number of Hispanic students - Colorado's largest minority group - participating in Concurrent Enrollment increased by 37.3% from 2011-12 to 2012-13.
- The majority of students - 84% - passed all of their Concurrent Enrollment courses.
- 775 students in Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT programs earned some type of postsecondary credential in 2013. This is a 60% increase over last year's credential completion total.
Requests for ASCENT Participation 2015/16
Districts now have until February 1, 2015 to submit a request for the number of ASCENT participants for the 2015/16 school year. This is a change from the September 1 deadline, which was updated during a past legislative session. Districts will then have until May 1 to submit an official affidavit with final ASCENT participant numbers for the 2015/16 school year, along with a list of participating students. After June 1, districts will receive notification of the number of ASCENT slots that have been allocated to their district.
- View more information on eligibility and determining number of slots to estimate and finalize your request.
If you have questions, please contact Michelle Camacho Liu at email@example.com or 303-866-6596.
- Concurrent Enrollment Fact Sheet
- Department of Higher Education Concurrent Enrollment Fact Sheet
- Dual Enrollment Learning Opportunities Matrix
- Guidelines for Providing Evidence of ASCENT Student Eligibility
Legislation and Rules
Frequently Asked Questions
CDE has been working closely with the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board (CEAB) to provide clarified guidance, beginning by updating these Frequently Asked Questions. These updated FAQs were reviewed and approved by the CEAB in January 2014.