Lone Star College is a public community college serving 85,000 students – many part-time, working adults and also very young learners, including an expanding high school dual enrollment cohort. Though united as a system, each college has its own goals, policies and practices.
After steady growth (3-4%) for decades, enrollment at Lone Star increased by 35% in a short period of time and, a new state policy dictating that dual-credit students could take as many college courses as they wanted, threatened to strain the institution’s resources. Lone Star had to quickly understand what these students brought, and their needs.
Illume disproved the long-held belief that dual-credit students persist at a higher rate if they take one class, and revealed that dual-credit students taking one class per semester persisted at 60%, those who took 2-3 courses persisted at 78%, and though a smaller population, those who took 4+ courses persisted at 86%.