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Happy Together? The Peer Effects of Dual Enrollment Students on Community College Student Outcomes

Nationally, 15% of first-time community college students were high school dual enrollment (DE) students, which raises concerns about how high school peers might influence college enrollees. Using administrative data from a large state community college system, we examine whether being exposed to a higher percentage of DE peers in entry-level (gateway) math and English courses influences non-DE enrollees’ performance. Using a two-way fixed effects model, our results indicate that college enrollees exposed to a higher proportion of DE peers had lower pass rates and grades in gateway courses, and higher course repetition rates. Supplemental student-level analysis suggests that greater exposure to DE peers during a student’s initial semester in college reduces next-term college persistence.

Keywords
Dual enrollment; community college; student success
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Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/r3ef-hx93

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Liu, Vivian Yuen Ting, and Di Xu. (). Happy Together? The Peer Effects of Dual Enrollment Students on Community College Student Outcomes. (EdWorkingPaper: -301). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/r3ef-hx93

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