The Influence of Dual-Credit on College Enrollment, Persistence, and Degree Attainment

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Curriculum and Instruction

Date of Award

Spring 2016


The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship exists between dual-credit hours attempted and higher education enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment. The study used data generated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The Chi-Square test was used with SPSS to answer the research questions and to test the hypothesis concerning students who took at least one dual-credit course while in a Texas high school and subsequently enrolled in a Texas institution of higher education in 2004. Now that the study is complete, Texas students, high schools, and institutions of higher education have a clearer picture regarding the influence of dual-credit hours on students who enroll in higher education after high school, persistence after the student’s first year, and degree attainment. The results showed a statistically significant relationship between the dual-credit hours earned and where a student enrolled in higher education and how long a student takes to earn a bachelor's degree.


Jon Travis

Subject Categories

Education | Higher Education | Secondary Education