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Concurrent Enrollment


Please find information about Concurrent Enrollment on the CDE website.

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Concurrent Enrollment (CE) provides high school students with the opportunity to enroll in postsecondary (or college-level) courses and earn credit in high school and college, at no cost to them for tuition. Depending on availability, students may take concurrent enrollment classes in their high school or on a college campus. Concurrent Enrollment also includes postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, enabling student to earn credit that can be applied toward a technical certificate or degree.

Students in 12th grade may concurrently enroll in basic skills, also known as developmental or remedial courses, only in the 12th grade. These courses are designed to help students successfully complete developmental education prior to college enrollment. This helps ensure students are able to immediately enter college-level, credit-bearing courses and continue on their way to earning a postsecondary credential once they have graduated high school.

The ASCENT program (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment) is a fifth year concurrent enrollment program which allows students to participate in Concurrent Enrollment the year directly following the student’s 12th grade year. Students who are eligible to participate in ASCENT must have completed twelve postsecondary credit hours prior to the completion of the twelfth-grade year, and cannot be in need of basic skills coursework in their selected pathway. ASCENT students must also be selected for participation by the principal and accepted into a postsecondary degree program.


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Concurrent Enrollment offers a unique opportunity for aligning high school and postsecondary courses and is widely available in Colorado. 94% of districts and 80% of high schools offer Concurrent Enrollment programs, and 89% of all students pass all Concurrent Enrollment courses in which they are enrolled.

Additionally 78% of all participating students enroll in college in the fall immediately following graduation. In their first year of college, compared to their peers who don’t participate, these students earn higher GPA’s and accumulate more credits.

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  • Districts should complete an audit of the concurrent enrollment programs that are currently available in your school(s), and consider ways in which they might increase access to and quality of these courses.
  • Districts may consider ways in which their high school teachers might become eligible to become adjunct faculty of their partner institution, in order to provide the opportunity to teach concurrent enrollment courses on the high school site, increasing access and exposure to these courses.
  • Partnership with Institution of Higher Education: Any district that wants to allow students to participate in concurrent enrollment must enter into a cooperative agreement with a qualified institution of higher education outlining how credits will be awarded, a negotiated tuition rate and establishment of an academic plan of study for the students to support ongoing counseling and career planning. While the district is responsible for determining the eligibility of students to participate in concurrent enrollment and assist in determining the appropriate courses aligned to the students’ pathway, the institution of higher education is responsible for the course content, determining placement requirements for the course and the quality of instruction.
  • Districts must also create a standard concurrent enrollment application for use by a qualified student. This application is used by the student to apply to the district for approval of participation in concurrent enrollment.

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Districts may utilize per pupil revenue to pay the tuition for the postsecondary courses at the resident community college rate directly to the institution on behalf of the student. Districts and their partner institutions are encouraged to negotiate terms for payment of tuition and other financial provisions in their cooperative agreement.

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