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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, 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 bill also creates 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 Michelle Camacho Liu at 303-866-6596 or


Nominations for Vacancy on Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board

CDE is seeking nominations for a vacancy on the CEAB with the term anticipated to begin in December 2015.  This CEAB position will be appointed by the Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education.  Per the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act, the appointee for this vacancy must represent a school district where a relatively low percentage of recent high school graduates have enrolled in institutions of higher education [C.R.S. 22-35-107 (2)]. Please click here for more information on the vacancy and the nomination process.


Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment for 2013-14

In collaboration with the Department of Higher Education, CDE released the Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment in May 2015 with new data highlighting the enrollment and outcomes of Concurrent Enrollment students in the 2013-2014 school year. Highlights include:

  • Concurrent Enrollment and ASCENT continue to see sustained increases in participation, up 15% and 43%, respectively.
  • Nearly half of students who participated in ASCENT in 2013-14 were Hispanic, a minority group that is historically underrepresented in postsecondary education.
  • Statewide, 94% of districts and 80% of high schools offer Concurrent Enrollment programs.
  • The majority of students - 89% - passed all of their Concurrent Enrollment courses (up from 84% in the previous year).
  • Over 950 students in Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT programs earned some type of postsecondary credential in 2013-14. 
  • 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

CDE worked closely with the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board (CEAB) to provide clarified guidance by updating these Frequently Asked Questions.


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