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Joining Forces with Higher Ed.

EEDW is fundamentally a research study to determine the efficacy of online learning in IT pathways within ECHSs through their partnerships with higher education institutions. With so many students taking online classes these days, we need to find out how it compares with face-to-face instruction.

Along the way, we can create new opportunities for student success, and we can provide our higher ed partners support, consulting, and resources to help all online students succeed.


Randomized Encouragement Design, designed by RAND, with 2,000+ ECHS students randomly assigned to the treatment or control group.

Students in treatment group will get…

  • Targeted text messages and other communications encouraging them to sign up for online IT courses
  • Information and resources to sign up for online IT courses
  • Direct access to business and industry professionals for mentoring, Q & As, and career experiences

Messaging and “encouragement” begins in April, in time for Fall 2023 registration.


What IT pathways do you offer?:   Information Technology, Computer Science,  Networking, Support, etc. Associates or Bachelors? Certificate of Completion? Which are offered online?

How are you promoting your IT programs to dual-credit students at your ECHS, and collaborating with ECHS leadership to increase student interest in those programs?

How can you partner with ECHSs to support your online dual-credit students? What does your online orientation look like and how does it prepare dual-credit students for online classes?


  • The expansion of marketing and exploitation of IT pathways and programs to dual-credit students at ECHSs
  • Build upon enrollment with off-site in person classes at the ECHS taught by adjuncts
  • Creating student success initiative for online dual-credit students
  • Allow for opportunities of job shadowing, networking, and graduation straight into a career work program
  • Student success in ALL pathways


No. Students will be enrolled by the ECHS Administration & Counseling Depts.

This will be based on the policies of the institution, but here are some options to consider:

Maybe provide an adjunct from the college - is there a teacher at the ECHS who has a Masters or 18+ graduate hours who could teach the course?
Perhaps contract a professor specifically for the ECHS to teach dual-credit students face-to-face.

Many of our Higher Ed partnerships are providing support structures. Here are some of the current practices that could be an option for your institution:

  • Dual-Credit students have the option to access your support areas on your campuses, for example: Student Success Center.
  • Providing increased communication with the ECHS by providing up to minute grades for student eligibility and progress.
  • Participation in college and career days to market programs and pathways to the dual-credit students at the ECHS.

Contact Eric R. Arpelar, EEDW Higher Education Coordinator at 972-217-6094 or

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