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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 Michelle Camacho Liu at 303-866-6596 or


Submit Feedback: Concurrent Enrollment Policy and Example Practices & ASCENT Guidelines

We are reaching out Concurrent Enrollment stakeholders to vet and provide feedback on a new resource, Concurrent Enrollment Policy and Example Practices. This overview of Concurrent Enrollment policy and example practices provide guidance, support, and ideas for districts, schools, and institutions of higher education looking to implement or grow their concurrent enrollment opportunities. This document is meant to provide clarification and does not supplant or supersede state law or rules for the implementation of concurrent enrollment programs. 

Feedback is also requested for the recently updated ASCENT Guidelines, approved by the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board.  These updates provide additional resources and clarification, and do not reflect any change in policy.  Please provide any feedback for either of these resources to Michelle Liu, by Friday, April 22.  


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. The recommendations for Work-Based Learning in Concurrent Enrollment include information on implementing these opportunities utilizing current practices, as well as recommendations for further consideration to expand and enhance these opportunities. Click here for a copy of the recommendations for Work-Based Learning in Concurrent Enrollment.   

The Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board (CEAB) worked with various stakeholders and vetted a draft with the field to completing these recommendations. Please note that these recommendations are a snapshot in time and are not inclusive of all work-based learning opportunities. The recommendations will remain a living document and as appropriate, stakeholders will make updates and incorporate additional guidance in other resources.


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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