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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

Upcoming ASCENT Request Deadline - Submission Now Open!

Local Education Providers (LEPs) have until Feb 1, 2016 to submit a request for the number of ASCENT participants for the the 2016-17 school year.  Click here for more information on how to submit a request, including eligibility and determining number of slots to estimate for requests. Please contact Michelle Camacho Liu at or 303-866-6596 for any questions regarding the ASCENT request process.

House Bill 15-1275 Recommendations

House bill 15-1275 clarifies that career and technical education (CTE) course work related to apprenticeship programs and internship programs may be included in concurrent enrollment programs. The 1275 recommendations 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 1275 recommendations.   

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 will remain a “living document.” We will continue to explore any need for updates, as well as consider ways to align 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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