The Dual Enrollment (DE) Program
The Dual Enrollment (DE) initiative has at its core three main objectives. First, is to provide the opportunity for students across the ability spectrum to successfully engage in college courses and meet all expectations they would assume in those traditional college courses. These enactive mastery experiences are significant shapers of personal self-efficacy beliefs and also provide heightened outcome expectancies. In combination, these two constructs have been demonstrated to facilitate high levels of personal engagement as well as persistence, two traits clearly linked to academic success (Bandura,1997) and research is being designed to test this hypothesis.
Secondly, these courses are also offered at minimum expense, fulfilling a second objective of maximizing the exposure of college courses to students and controlling the costs associated with the program. By not having to rely on state subsidies or parental ability to pay, the impacted student population and the overall impact on human intellectual capital are both much larger. Secondary to the primary objective but still important is the ability of the participating college or university to actively recruit those students who demonstrate success in dual enrolled classes.
Finally, the courses offer a tangible means for the school to induce instructors to increase their own intellectual capital. Teachers of DE courses meet the minimum academic requirements for their courses, going beyond the course requirements necessary to teach at the high school level. Additionally, teachers of DE courses work closely with university faculty, creating a sense of collegiality and esprit-de-corps, significant contributors to high school faculty sense of professionalism.
This model introduced and piloted by the Lab School during the 2005-06 school year was used as the model which developed into the DE Program implemented across the state of Louisiana.