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Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Study Suggests Dual Enrollment Programs Help High School Students Excel

Georgian Court’s Step Ahead Program Provides Local H.S. Students Academic Benefits

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 2, 2007—High school students who take college courses are more likely to graduate from high school and do better in their college studies, says a new University of Minnesota study entitled, "The Postsecondary Achievement of Participants in Dual Enrollment: An Analysis of Student Outcomes in Two States." Georgian Court University’s dual enrollment Step Ahead program offers high-achieving high school students in Monmouth and Ocean Counties—those with a high school average of 82 or a B or higher—the opportunity to receive these benefits.

The study, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s National Research Center for Career and Technical Education in the state of Florida and in New York City, also found that college students who took college courses as high school students

  • were more likely to stay enrolled in college for a second semester and after two years;
  • had cumulative grade point averages that were statistically significantly higher than their non-participating peers;
  • had earned more college credits after three years;
  • were more likely to initially enroll in four-year institutions and pursue a bachelor’s degree; and
  • were likely to enroll in college full time.

GCU’s Step Ahead program is open to students who are at least 16 and in the 11th or 12th grade. Students take classes on the Georgian Court University campus and earn college credit, allowing them to possibly shorten the length of time that they spend in college or to gain greater flexibility in scheduling their college courses, providing a more enriching experience. Students benefit from early exposure to college life, gaining greater confidence for when they make the transition to the college campus.

The fee for each course is $563, one-third of the cost of a typical Georgian Court University course. No additional fees are charged to the student. Tuition is payable at the time of application, and is only refundable if the application is rejected. For each course that is completed successfully, the student will earn either 3 or 4 credits. The program is contingent on maintaining a 3.0 or better average in Georgian Court courses.

For more information about the Step Ahead program, contact Joe Molitoris, Ph.D., director, 732.987.2132 or Dorothy Lazarick, RSM, high school programs coordinator, at 732.987.2361 or visit

High school students interested in the Step Ahead program are also invited to attend GCU’s next University College Information Session on Thursday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus. To register, please contact University College at 732.987.2130 or send an e-mail to

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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