Achieving College Readiness through a Dual Enrollment Course

“Strategies for Success”


  • Bridgette Cram Florida International University
  • Elizabeth Bejar Florida International University



preparedness, k-12, self-awareness, non-cognitive, access


To increase equitable postsecondary access and success outcomes it is critical to address the college preparedness gap. While Florida International University (FIU) continues to improve retention and graduation gaps for currently enrolled students, it became evident that the university could play a larger role in preparing high school students for college and university. In 2017, FIU developed a dual enrollment version of a currently offered course, SLS1510: Strategies for Success, to address this gap. The purpose of this article is to describe the context in which this decision occurred, the philosophy used to drive development of the course, and the steps taken to pilot the course. This article highlights the successes of the course, including enrollment of over 2,000 students over 4 semesters, along with areas of improvement for future iterations. The findings of the pilot can help to inform colleges and universities who are interested in addressing college preparedness in the k-12 pipeline.

Author Biographies

Bridgette Cram, Florida International University

Bridgette Cram is Director of Academic Programs and Partnerships at FIU, where she works to leverage internal and external partnerships for student success. Bridgette was the founding member of the Student Success Initiatives office and serves as the primary mentor for SLS1510. Bridgette earned her PhD in Public Affairs from FIU where she focused on the measurement and development of cultural competence in graduating Masters of Public Administration students.

Bridgette Cram, Ph.D.
Academic Programs and Partnerships
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St. PC 526
Miami, FL 33199

Elizabeth Bejar, Florida International University

Elizabeth Béjar is Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at FIU. Elizabeth serves as Principal Investigator for multiple grants focused on minority-serving institutions-models of success.  She serves on the board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, serves on the Florida Board of Governors Council of Academic Vice Presidents and is an advisory board member to Excelencia in Education. She received a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.

Elizabeth M. Béjar, Ph.D.
Academic and Student Affairs
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St. PC 526
Miami, FL 33199