Dual enrollment and early college high schools have been shown to have a positive association with college completion rates. However, these programs are often among the first to be cut when state funding gets tight. This report outlines how performance-based funding that rewards outcomes such as graduation rates or annual student growth goals is a promising answer to state funding challenges. Through four state examples, this report considers the impact of different approaches to performance-based funding on policy priorities including low-income populations, dual enrollment versus early college high schools, and course areas that show the greatest association with college success. Three of these states participate in the Completion By Design initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rewarding Dual Enrollment in Performance-Based Funding Formulas
Jobs for the Future, Completion by Design