WEBINAR | Thinking Ahead: Designing State Dual Enrollment Funding Models Following COVID-19


06/10/2020 to 06/10/2020



Presented by: SHEEO, NACEP, and College in High School Alliance
June 10, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. EST

Thinking Ahead: Designing Dual Enrollment Funding Models Following COVID-19 webinar slides (PDF)

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, states are projecting significant budget shortfalls that are likely to lead to cuts to all kinds of programs and services, including education. These projected cuts may have implications for how states fund college in high school programs such as dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high schools. The decisions that states make moving forward about funding for these programs could have big consequences for efforts to improve equitable participation. Join the College in High School Alliance, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, and SHEEO for a conversation about funding dual enrollment in a post-COVID budget environment.


    • Denise Pearson, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Equity Initiatives, SHEEO
    • Amy Williams, Executive Director, NACEP and Steering Committee, CHSA
    • Jennifer Zinth, Principal, Zinth Consulting LLC
    • Brock Astle, Advanced Opportunities Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education
      Dana Kelly, Student Affairs Program Manager, Idaho State Board of Education

Denise Pearson
Denise Pearson joined SHEEO in February 2016. She serves as the vice president of academic affairs and equity initiatives. In this role, she works closely with chief academic officers on a wide range of policies and practices areas aligned with states’ higher education goals and priorities. Dr. Pearson’s portfolio of work includes a focus on minority serving institutions, teacher preparation, accreditation, and student learning. She also leads SHEEO’s work around equity and inclusion across organizational and state policy and practice areas. Prior to joining SHEEO, Dr. Pearson worked for five years at Winston-Salem State University as a tenured professor of education and in a variety of leadership positions, including dean of the faculty of education and assistant provost of faculty affairs. She previously worked for the University of Denver as associate academic dean in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies for eight years. Pearson holds a Ph.D. in administration and supervision of education from Marquette University, an M.A. in conflict resolution from University of Denver, an M.S. in education administration from Concordia University, and a B.A. in human services from Pace University. Outside of her work, Dr. Pearson enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the wonders of veganism.

Amy Williams
Mrs. Amy Williams joined the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) as its Executive Director in 2019. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the College in High School Alliance (CHSA). NACEP is the nation’s sole concurrent enrollment accrediting body and has a 20-year history of supporting programs, practitioners, and policy to advance early access to quality college courses for high school students. Previously, Mrs. Williams served as Montana’s Director of Career & Technical Education and Dual Enrollment working closely with Governor Bullock’s office to lead the state’s efforts to aggressively expand access and increase affordability in dual enrollment. Mrs. Williams has a background in research science and nearly two decades of experience in secondary and postsecondary education. She has a passion for exploring policy levers at all levels to build relevancy into education, ignite a passion for learning, and give students an early start on college and career.

Jennifer Zinth
Jennifer Zinth, a national expert on state dual enrollment policy, has supported many states in enhancing statute, regulation, and other policies to improve access to high-quality dual enrollment offerings. Her multitude of publications on the topic include the creation and several updates to Education Commission of the States’ 50-state comparison on dual/concurrent enrollment, as well as numerous policy briefs, most recently the Funding for Equity brief released by the College in High School Alliance and NACEP. After some 20 years at Education Commission of the States, Jennifer left ECS in early 2019 to establish Zinth Consulting, LLC, to support states and the private sector alike in making impactful improvements to policies surrounding dual enrollment and other postsecondary transition issues, STEM and computer science.

Brock Astle
Brock Astle is the Advanced Opportunities Coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education. He serves as the administrator of the Advanced Opportunities program, which is designed to provide access and funding to accelerate students into their future for specific courses/exams while in high school. Brock coordinates and provides support between higher education, career, and technical education, and workforce training to Idaho’s k-12 public school system through the program.

Dana Kelly
Dana Kelly, the Student Affairs Program Manager for the Idaho State Board of Education, provides leadership and support for a variety of initiatives related to educational access and student success. Over the last decade, she has acted as a primary point of contact for Idaho policies that address student affairs including residency, remediation, admissions, and dual credit. An active member of NACEP, she also presents regularly at national events and serves on the organization’s Conference Planning and State Policy Committees.