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Twenty-five years ago, Minnesota’s Post Secondary Options program became the first state-funded effort allowing high-school students to earn credits at a college or university — at no charge to their families.
More than 100,000 Minnesotans have saved a bundle of money on tuition over the years, but critics say PSEO serves mostly white, middle-class students despite growing minorities and a troublesome achievement gap.
Meanwhile, the new generation of dual-enrollment programs sprouting across the nation is intensely focused on under-represented and at-risk students and seeing some encouraging results.
What’s next for Minnesota and other dual-credit programs?