ERIC Number: ED361018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-9
Reference Count: N/A
Virginia Community College System Study of the Colleges' Operation of Dual Credit Agreements with Public High Schools, May 18 to September 8, 1992.
Roesler, Elmo D.
In September 1988, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) entered into an agreement with the Virginia Department of Education that formalized the offering of dual credit courses to Virginia high school students. In response to questions regarding compliance with provisions of the agreement, known as the Virginia Plan for Dual Enrollment (VPDE), the VCCS has undertaken a series of studies of the operation of the colleges' dual credit agreements. First, in a May 1992 report, the Chancellor of the VCCS identified three issues with respect to compliance: (1) changes were necessary in student codes to monitor dual enrollment; (2) a formal mechanism for evaluating the VPDE was needed; and (3) data on the performance of dual enrollment students must be collected by courses and disciplines to ensure accountability. This report also indicated that headcount enrollment in fall 1991 totaled 3,673 dual enrolled students taking courses related to 17 academic disciplines. A June 1992 study of compliance with provisions regarding course eligibility found that, with very few exceptions, students were appropriately enrolled in humanities, mathematics/sciences, and occupational-technical courses. A survey of college presidents, also in June 1992, revealed that at 12 of the 17 responding colleges only faculty who met the minimum requirements of the VPDE were hired, assessment procedures for students in dual credit courses were in place at 14 institutions, and administrators at only 7 of the colleges viewed the offering of dual credit as a separate "program." Data tables and the college president questionnaire are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Credits, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Compliance (Legal), Cooperative Programs, Dual Enrollment, Eligibility, High School Students, High Schools, Outcomes of Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Recordkeeping, State Programs, State Surveys, Student Evaluation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Community Colleges, Richmond.