John Hansen

2016 Rappaport Public Policy Doctoral Summer Fellow

May 31, 2016
John Hansen
Graduate Degree: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Undergraduate Degree: University of Puget Sound
Area of Interest: Education Issues
Mentors: Steph Hirsch, Consultant and Antoniya Owens, The Boston Foundation
Agency: MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Supervisor: Carrie Conaway, Director of Research and Policy
Project Description: John worked with the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. John analyzed dual enrollment in Massachusetts and found that approximately 7% of Massachusetts public high school students concurrently enroll in a postsecondary institution while in high school. He also found that dual enrollment at Massachusetts community colleges approximately doubled since 2008. The above-average student enrolling at a local college to earn college credit is the most common type of dual enroller, but other student profiles exist is substantial numbers. Examples include early enrollers in developmental coursework and students who are not on a traditional four-year graduation timeline. A key finding was that dual enrollment appears to be a more powerful lever for getting students on track for college success than it is for accelerating time to degree among high-achievers.