Defining Dual Enrollment: Dr. Jason Taylor, University of Utah

In this episode, Dr. Jason L. Taylor, Associate Professor, Director of Transfer Student Success, Office of Undergrad Studies at the University of Utah discusses what dual enrollment really means. He also addresses the meaning of the “greater share” and defines the silent pandemic facing today’s students with host Dr. Joe Sallustio, Senior Vice President-Global, Lindenwood University and Co-Host Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, Executive Vice President, Education, Labor, & Economy at Hager Sharp.

Dr. Taylor has several current and recent research projects and grants. He is currently collaborating with the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in Washington D.C. and leading the research agenda for the new Degrees When Due initiative that seeks to support current and former students with "some college, no degree." He is also currently examining college affordability and free college policies, including a partnership with Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) to study the SLCC Promise program. Between 2013 and 2017, he was the Co-PI on the research agenda for the Credit When It’s Due initiative, a 15-state effort to develop and implement reverse transfer programs and policies. Dr. Taylor has authored many research and evaluation reports, has published in journals such as American Behavioral Scientist, Community College Review, the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, The Review of Higher Education, Education Policy Analysis Archives, and a co-edited volume of New Directions for Community Colleges on dual enrollment. In 2016, he was awarded the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholars award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Dr. Taylor's research is informed by his experiences as a first-generation college graduate and his professional experience working in institutional and policy contexts. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Taylor was an academic advisor at Illinois State University where he advised new freshmen and transfer students. He was also the Registrar at Chaparral College in Tucson, Arizona. As a graduate student, he interned in the Institutional Research offices at Parkland College and the College of Lake County, both in Illinois. He also participated in a research internship at Lancaster University in the UK, and was selected as a research intern for the Higher Learning Commission. 

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