Accelerating Opportunity: An Analysis of Dual Enrollment at South Dakota’s Technical Institutes

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The purpose of this analysis is to examine the relationship of dual enrollment and student retention, progression, and completion within the postsecondary technical education system in South Dakota. More specifically, three research questions were identified to guide the analysis:

  1. Which students are engaging in dual enrollment?
  2. What dual enrollment opportunities are students engaging in and to what extent?
  3. What is the relationship between dual enrollment and postsecondary retention, progression, and completion?

The population of this study represents first-time students who graduated from a South Dakota high school after 2014 and subsequently matriculated at one of the four technical institutes in 2015, 2016, or 2017. In total, 3,732 students.