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Urban Studies Research
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 269685, 7 pages
Research Article

Dual Credit Enrollment: A Multiyear Study of Gender and Ethnic Differences

Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, Teacher Education Center, Sam Houston State University, Box 2119, Huntsville, TX 77341, USA

Received 10 May 2013; Revised 11 September 2013; Accepted 1 October 2013

Academic Editor: James Moore

Copyright © 2013 Robert D. Young et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this investigation, we ascertained the extent to which differences were present in dual credit enrollment by gender and by ethnicity for students ( ) enrolled in a Texas community college from the 2005-2006 through the 2011-2012 academic years. Statistical analyses revealed an increase in the numbers (i.e., from 3,069 to 3,664) and percentages (i.e., from 12.2% to 19.5%) of students who were enrolled in dual credit courses over the time period analyzed. Moreover, higher percentages of women (i.e., 20.8% in the most recent academic year) had enrolled in dual credit courses while in high school than men (i.e., 17.9% in the most recent academic year). Differences were also present as a function of ethnicity, with 33.1% Asian, 25.3% White, 17.4% Hispanic, and 7.5% Black students having been enrolled in dual credit in the most recent academic year. Differences were also revealed by gender for Hispanic and White students, but not for Asian and Black students. Implications of our findings are discussed.