ERIC Number: ED500968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 9
Dual Credit: Raising the Bar or Lowering the Standard? In Brief
Fontenot, Janet S.
Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Increasing numbers of high school students across the United States are enrolled in college courses while still attending high school, partly attributed to the explosion of dual credit or dual enrollment programs. It is the difference in location for the delivery of the course and the status of the faculty member that often elicits the question, "Are dual credit students who take courses in their high schools actually receiving credit for a college level course, or are they merely being awarded college credit for a component of the high school curriculum?" However, many believe that the location of the delivery of the coursework should be a minor consideration when questioning the integrity of a dual credit program. Of more serious concern should be the issues of student admissions criteria, faculty selection and the assessment of student performance and competency. If a program can withstand scrutiny in these areas, then the issue of location should be of little consequence. This brief examines these areas in detail and explains why schools and colleges continue to offer dual credit programs.
Descriptors: High School Students, College Attendance, Dual Enrollment, Acceleration (Education), College Credits, Integrity, Secondary School Curriculum, College Faculty, Admission Criteria, Teacher Qualifications, Educational Assessment
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign. Office of Community College Research and Leadership.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Georgia; Illinois; New York; Oklahoma; United States