More Colorado High Schoolers Enrolling In College Courses

More Colorado students are enrolling in college courses while they’re still in high school.

Nearly a third of Colorado’s 11th and 12th graders took "dual enrollment" classes last year, which is an increase of 15 percent over the previous year.

Research shows students in these programs are more likely to enroll in college than their peers. They’re also are less likely to need remedial classes once there.

The report from Colorado’s Department of Higher Education found that Arapahoe Community College served the most students at two-year colleges, and the University of Colorado Denver served the most at four-year institutions.

Participation over the prior year increased dramatically among African-American students – 30 percent – and Hispanic students – 26 percent. The number of students passing those courses has also gone up – to 93 percent from 89 percent over last year.