Computer Science through Concurrent Enrollment: A Strategy to Broaden Participation

February 2020


Renee Fall

College of St. Scholastica

Seth Freeman

Capital Community College

Ronald I. Greenberg

Loyola University Chicago

Dan Kaiser

Southwest Minnesota State University

Nigamanth Sridhar

Cleveland State University

Most U.S. states support college-readiness and access through dual enrollment, in which high school students enroll in college courses. Concurrent enrollment (CE) allows students to take college courses in their own high school, taught by high school teachers approved by the partner college. CE has positive effects on students’ education, but rarely is CS available through CE. Unlike AP, CE provides college credit to students who are assessed throughout the course rather than by a single high-stakes exam/project. This panel will showcase four different types of post-secondary institutions’ experiences offering CS-through-CE and discuss its potential as an entry point into CS for students underrepresented in computing, including those in urban and rural settings. Panelists will share challenges (such as teacher credentialing) and benefits of CS-through-CE. The audience will understand supports and barriers to creating CS-through-CE courses, will be provided with resources, and will crowd-source possible next steps in implementing CE as a model for broadening participation.

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Renee Fall, Seth Freeman, Ronald I. Greenberg, Dan Kaiser, and Nigamanth Sridhar. Computer science through concurrent enrollment: A strategy to broaden participation. In Proceedings of the 51st SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, pages 805–806. Association for Computing Machinery, 2020.