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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Thursday, June 18 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
RTD.07 - The impact of dual credit programs on Ontario college students

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Dual Credit Programs were introduced to the province of Ontario in 2005 as part of a broader educational reform initiative designed to help more students graduate high school and transition to college. The number of Ontario Dual Credit Programs has grown tremendously over the years but research has not kept pace with program expansion so I conducted a study to help fill the research gap. Specifically, I analyzed the college student records of 168 students who participated in dual credit courses and activities and subsequent postsecondary programs at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto. I also examined the records of a matched comparison group of 168 non-dual credit participants who attended postsecondary education at the same institution and at the same time as the dual credit participants. Data from the 236 college student records showed that students who completed Dual Credit Programs and comparators with no dual credit experience differed in college success but not college persistence. In this roundtable discussion, I will share the particulars of my findings as well as their implications for policy and practice. Participants will be encouraged to discuss these findings in view of their own research, experiences, and context. 

Armstrong, D., Desbiens, B., & Yeo, G. (2006). Report on the analytical review of phase 9 School/College/Work Initiative pilot B dual credit/dual program 2005-2006. Retrieved from http://cgtat.org/Resources%20CGTAT/SCWI%20Prov%20Review%20of%20Ph09%20Pilot%20Bs.pdf

Philpott-Skilton, L. (2013). High school/college transition: A case study examining the impact of a Dual Credit Program at Fleming College. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Toronto). Retrieved from https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/35928/3/Philpott-Skilton_Linda_201306_Phd_thesis.pdf

Whitaker, C. (2011). The impact of dual credit on college access and participation: An Ontario case study (Doctoral dissertation, University of Toronto). Retrieved from https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/29641/6/Whitaker_Christopher_201106_PhD_thesis.pdf


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Bayshore Salon ABC

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