Sarah A. Deal, Ph.D., research affiliate at the Belk Center and 2020 graduate of the Educational Policy Leadership and Human Development Program, has written the final brief in a series that addresses the relationship between North Carolina’s dual enrollment program, Career and College Promise (CCP), and community college attainment in the state (read the first and second briefs).
The purpose of this study is to understand participation trends for one of the two pathways within CCP – the Career and Technical Education Pathway. This brief also presents observed outcomes for Career and Technical Education Pathway from an instrumental variables, quasi-experimental design.
- Compared to the College Transfer Pathway, the CTE pathway more closely reflects the diverse North Carolina high school population, indicating that CTE may be more effectively opening college access for historically underrepresented students.
- Outcomes are greater for CTE students compared to the CCP program at-large and the College Transfer Pathway, indicating that there are structural and policy lessons to learn from the CTE pathway that can inform future efforts to increase community college attainment.