The Maricopa Community Colleges hosted the first Arizona Dual Enrollment Statewide Meeting, Dual Enrollment in Arizona: Innovation and Trends, on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Rio Salado College Conference Center. The purpose of this initial meeting was to:
- Develop opportunities for statewide collaborations with Dual Enrollment professionals from across the state of Arizona
- Increase awareness among Dual Enrollment practitioners of statewide efforts in support of Dual Enrollment
- Share operational best practices, regarding both policies and programs, and encourage a unified effort and focus
Approximately 150 participants representing community colleges and high schools attended the event. Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges, served as the morning keynote speaker. She shared information on trends in dual enrollment, including the importance of addressing access and equity issues, new models of dual enrollment, and connections between dual enrollment and other Arizona education goals and initiatives.
Two nationally-recognized experts in dual and concurrent enrollment provided plenary speeches: Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Director, High School Policy Center and STEM Policy Center at the Education Commission of the States, and Adam Lowe, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). Jennifer spoke on the policy environment for dual enrollment in Arizona and how it compares to other model state policies. Adam spoke on the importance of standards and academic oversight for dual and concurrent enrollment programs.
A dynamic panel session explored the benefits of dual enrollment from a variety of perspectives, and eight breakout sessions included topics on student success, programs of study, outreach, research, and Higher Learning Commission requirements. Based on demand, the organizing committee agreed to hold the event on an annual basis, with Yavapai Community College committing to host next year's event.
Presentation materials are available at https://mcli.maricopa.edu/mcli-calendar/events/dual-enrollment-in-arizona-innovation-and-trends.