Research, Reports & Conferences
Helping Students Succeed
Research, Reports & Conferences
Helping Students Succeed
Research, Reports & Conferences
Dual Credit Students and their Transition to College
This research conducted by the Ontario College Application Service on behalf of SCWI provides an analysis of the application, offer and enrolment trends for dual credit college applications in Ontario. The report focuses on 2017-20 applicants with a college delivered dual credit on their transcript.
Dual Credit Data-at-a-Glance
The Ministry of Education prepares a brief annual overview of the Dual Credit program data which clearly highlights the successes of the students in the program.
Previous reports are available through the SCWI Archives.
Provincial Conference Presentations
Below are links to power point presentations given at provincial conferences including OSCA, OCEA and CESBA. These presentations may be of interest to RPT members, board and college administrators, dual credit teachers and others who work with dual credit students.
View the latest presentations:
OCEA (October 2019)
- Introduction to Dual Credits
- Dual Credit / SCWI Updates and Discussion
Leaders of Experiential Learning Webinar (March 2019)
Stepping Stones Forum (October 2018)
- Introduction to Dual Credits
- OCEA (October 2019) - Introduction to Dual Credits
- OCEA (October 2019) - Dual Credit / SCWI Updates and Discussion
- Leaders of Experiential Learning Webinar (March 2019)
- OCEA (October 2018) - Introduction to Dual Credits
- OCEA (October 2018) - Adult Dual Credits and After ADC
- OCEA (October 2018) - Dual Credits: An Update for Administrators
- RPT 2 Stepping Stones, Introduction to Dual Credits (October 2018)
- OCEA (Spring 2018) -- Introducing Dual Credits and the School College Work Initiative (pptx)
- OCEA (Spring 2018) -- Dual Credits: An Update for Administrators, Co-ordinators and Consultants (pptx)
- OCEA (Fall 2017) – Introducing Dual Credits and the School College Work Initiative (pptx)
- OSCA (Fall 2017) – How to get involved in Dual Credits, particularly if Dual Credits are new to you (pdf)
- OSCA (Fall 2017) – Pathways to Apprenticeship Revised: One Student at A Time (pdf)
- CESBA (Fall 2017) – SCWI CESBA Adult Dual (pptx)
Online Dual Credit Educator Forums Discussion
This September 16, 2020 webinar focused on the delivery of forums for Dual Credit Educators (Dual Credit Teachers and College Instructors/Professors). Along with guest speakers, participants shared their experiences, successes, and challenges.
Updated September 2020
- Online Dual Credit Educator Forums Discussion. Recorded on September 16, 2020 [link to follow]
- Online DC Educator Forums (pptx)
- Online DC Educator Forums Discussion Notes and Polls (pdf)
- RPT 13 Dual Credit Teacher Forum (pptx)
- RPT 13 Dual Credit Faculty Check-In (pptx)
- Resources DC Educator Forums (pdf)
After Adult Dual Credits (ADC)
Summaries of the Semester 1and 2 2018-19 After ADC reports submitted by Regional Planning Teams are available below. You will see that the report draws heavily on the feedback received from the college advisors who work with our adult dual credit students. Their suggestions, candor and insights from the field are particularly noteworthy.
After School Within a College (SWAC)
Available below are the Semester 1 and 2 2018-19 After SWAC report summaries submitted by Regional Planning Teams. You will see that the report draws heavily on the anecdotal feedback received from the college advisors who work with our SWAC students. Their suggestions, candor and insights from the field are particularly noteworthy.
Making the Connection: Growing Collegiality and Collaboration Between K–12 and PSE Educators
Conference Board of Canada, March 2018, by Elizabeth Martin.
Elizabeth Martin's research focuses on the need to improve the connectivity between Kindergarten to grade 12 education and postsecondary education in order to help students better transition into postsecondary education. In her article, Ms Martin highlights the impact of team-taught dual credits focusing on two educators in the Durham Region. This article also provides useful insights into the strengths and benefits of partnerships between secondary and postsecondary educators. Suggestions around professional development may be of interest to those planning dual credit teacher/faculty forums.
Available for download from the Conference Board of Canada's website:
Level 1 Apprenticeship April 2020 Webinar
This webinar provided an opportunity to bring together people involved in the delivery of Level 1 Apprenticeship Dual Credits in Semester 2, 2020. This webinar includes Updates on Ministries’ announcements that are relevant to Level 1 Dual Credits; information on reporting Level 1 Dual Credits on students’ report cards and transcripts, including the use of partial credits; and recommendations regarding program delivery and funding.
Along with the power point, a summary of the discussion and polls is also available.
Pathways to Apprenticeships: how can dual credits and School-College-Work Initiative Activities and Forums help?
Unlike applying to college or university which has specific processes, entrance requirements and deadlines, helping students interested in becoming journey persons can be complicated. Likely even more difficult is helping at risk students who have no career goal consider if an apprenticeship is right for them. Online workshops designed for new Regional Planning Team members, OYAP coordinators, guidance counsellors and experiential education coordinators were held in April, May, September and October 2019. Below you will find the Background information, the power points and resources shared during these sessions, along with the responses from participants.
Updated October 2019
- Background Information (pdf)
- April 2019 Webinar (pdf)
- April 17, 2019 Follow-up Conversation (pdf)
- May 2, 2019 11AM Follow-up Conversation (pdf)
- May 2, 2019 1PM Follow-up Conversation (pdf)
- May 2019 Summary of Participant Responses (pdf)
- Pathways to Apprenticeships: how can Dual Credits help? (PPTX)
- Fall 2019 Webinar (pdf) Recording
- September 26, 2019 Follow-up Conversation (pdf)
- September 26, 2019 Follow-up Conversation Recording
- October 3, 2019 Follow-up Conversation (pdf)
- October 3, 2019 Follow-up Conversatio Recording
Level 1 Apprenticeship In-school Training with College Oversight
Typically, apprenticeship in-school training is delivered at a college site. However, Level 1 training may also be delivered by a secondary school teacher in a secondary school, using the Ontario curriculum. In such cases, there is an oversight protocol that must be followed. Resources shared at the November 2019 webinar are available including: The Power Point presentation, the Q’s and A’s from the webinar, a recording of the webinar, and the Oversight background document.
Setting Up a New School Within a College Program
School Within a College programs have been a successful way to engage students to complete their OSSDs and to transition on to post-secondary education. This unique, made-in-Ontario model is worth exploring for your students.
Sue Hawkins (Manager, School College Work Initiative & Academic Upgrading, Durham College), Adriana McDonough (currently the ELTPT Financial Services Coordinator, previously Durham Catholic DSB representative on the ELRPT) Stephen Hughes (Student Success Coordinator, Durham Catholic DSB representative) and Tom Smith (South Western Ontario RPT Co-Chair and Thames Valley DSB representative ) will be sharing their extensive experiences with SWAC programs.
Updated June 2020.
School Within a College: Supporting Transitions from Secondary School to Higher Education
A recent Conference Board of Canada study honours SCWI success - April 2016, by Elizabeth Martin
Elizabeth Martin 's research illuminates the many ways in which Ontario is improving transition rates for students from high school to post-secondary. She recommends its adoption in other provinces, and in general, encourages the sharing of best practices among provinces to create and sustain pathways to student success. Follow the link below to this fascinating research:
Higher Education for Disengagers: New Zealand’s Tertiary High School
A recent Conference Board of Canada study honours SCWI success - March 2016, by Elizabeth Martin
This second document outlines similar programs and opportunities being developed throughout New Zealand. It's Four Step approach - identification, integration, one-on-one support, and academic and vocational learning to keep all learnings realistic, relevant, and career-focused mirrors much of what is done in Ontario, but with enough differences to provide interesting reading for all. Check it out at:
The Lasting Benefits of U.S. Early College High Schools
Considerations and Recommendations for Policymakers
American Institutes for Research, February 2020
Unlike dual enrolment programs in the U.S., there are similarities in terms of eligible students in "early college high schools". The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has conducted two rigorous impact studies and a cost-benefit study of Early Colleges in recent years and found:
- significantly higher rates of high school graduation, college enrollment, and college degree attainment for Early College students than for the control students.
- the positive impacts of Early Colleges on college enrollment and degree attainment continued for at least 6 years after expected high school graduation.
- per-student lifetime benefits of Early Colleges substantially exceeded the per-student cost.
A Research Update from Search Institute (September 2014)
Both researchers and practitioners have long embraced the idea that interaction with caring adults is central to young people’s development. New research being conducting at the Search Institute confirms that conviction, but we are also finding that both caring and adults are necessary but not sufficient strands in the broader web of relationships that kids need to succeed. In addition to expressing care, young people also need people in their lives who challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities. And while relationships with adults can do all of those things in powerful and positive ways, so can close connections with friends, siblings, and other peers.
Don’t Call Them Drop Outs: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation (May 20, 2014)
This report from America’s Promise Alliance and its Center for Promise at Tufts University with support from Target examines the reasons young people in sixteen American cities left school, the reasons they re-engaged in their educations, and the supports that helped them succeed. The research included over 200 interviews and 3,000 surveys, and captures these young people’s voices. The website also includes very powerful videos on the barriers some youth overcome in order to complete their education.
Gateway to College: Lessons from Implementing a Rigorous Academic Program for At-Risk Young People (September 2015)
Gateway to College, an American program similar to our SWAC program, provides a comprehensive alternative education program in which students work toward earning their high school diplomas while simultaneously earning credits toward an associate’s degree or postsecondary certificate. It provides struggling students with opportunities often reserved for the highest achievers, in the belief that high expectations and the right support can help more students to complete high school and transition to college. This report provides an in-depth account of the Gateway to College model and defines the youth population the program serves. The report also describes the implementation of the Gateway to College model at three sites, assesses the extent to which it is implemented as designed, and draws lessons for other Gateway to College sites. These lessons may have applications to our SWAC programs.
Special Report: Don't Quit on Me (September 2015)
What young people who left school say about the power of relationships.
This report offers new insights about how support from adults and peers can help to close the remaining gaps between those who graduate from high school on time and those who don’t.
Community College Research Centre
CCRC is a leading US independent authority on two-year colleges in the United States. They conduct research on the issues affecting community colleges and work with colleges and states to improve student success and institutional performance.
Dual Credit: Secondary to Post-Secondary Transitions (May 2017)
To improve secondary to post-secondary transitions British Columbia British Columbia along with secondary and post-secondary institutions has adopted a number of strategies intended to aid in successful student transition from one system to another. This paper looks at the policy and practice of dual credit.
The report surveys the academic literature on dual credit, examines current practices in North America by type and offers some directions to consider.
IJECT Policies & Resources
The posted material was prepared and presented by Frédéric Marchand and Luc Plante. It is a very good overview of the IJECT 'State of the Union' for school guidance counsellors.
- Codes de cour à utiliser dans Trillium pour les cours à DRC.docx
- Dépliant-DRC-automne2017 - Cité.pdf
- Dépliant-DRC-hiver2017 - Cité.pdf
- Formulaire Critères de sélection DRC - CSO.docx
- GUIDE DE L_ÉLÈVE.pdf
- GUIDE DE L_ENSEIGNANT DU SECONDAIRE.pdf
- Info DRC pour parents.pdf
- Itinéraires vers l_apprentissage 2017.pdf
- Politique DRC.pdf
- Présentation - Atelier DRC - ACOSO 2017.pptx
- Procédures d’inscription aux DRC (Nord et CSO).docx
- Proposition de cours DRC 2018-2019 - CSO et Nord - Collège Boréal.docx
- Propositon de cours à DRC 2018-2019 - CSO - La Cité.docx
- Responsabilités - DRC enseignée en équipe.docx
SCWI Opportunities for Indigenous Students
Online workshops for district school board indigenous education leads, Indigenous Support and Engagement staff, college indigenous centre staff and Regional Planning Team members were held in April 2019. Below you will find the Background Information, the webinar power point, and the follow-up conversation power point which includes the poll results.