Dual Enrollment: Where Courses Provided
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Dual Enrollment: Where Courses Provided

This database indicates whether state policy specifies where dual enrollment courses may be offered — at postsecondary institutions only, or also at high schools, online or at third-party locations.

"Not specified" indicates that state policy does not provide whether courses may be offered at the high school, at the high school and postsecondary institution, or at a third-party location. Some states with "not specified" status also provide online dual enrollment courses.

Why does it matter?
  • Programs on postsecondary campuses are good exposure, especially for students who would be the first in their family to attend college.
  • The opportunity to mix with more mature students on a college campus can be beneficial, as can the ability to be surrounded by students who want to learn, and aren't afraid to be smart.
  • Transportation to and from postsecondary campuses can be an issue.
  • Some express concern that dual enrollment courses taught in high schools by high school teachers may not meet the same level of rigor as courses taught by postsecondary faculty on postsecondary campuses.
Highlights
  • Twenty-five states allow students to access courses at either high schools or on postsecondary campuses.
  • In policy or practice, at least 32 states provide online courses through one or more dual enrollment programs.
  • Twelve states have multiple dual enrollment programs in which course location varies by program.
  • Policies in 15 states do not specify where dual enrollment courses through at least one dual enrollment program may be offered. In these states, determinations are jointly made by the high school/school district and postsecondary institution/system.
  • Ten states allow dual enrollment courses to be offered at "other" physical locations than the high school or postsecondary campus.
  • Three states and the District of Columbia permit dual enrollment courses to be offered only on postsecondary campuses.
Note: This database does not include information about Tech Prep or early/middle college high school programs. Information about such programs is included in the ECS career/technical education and early/middle college high school databases.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.

Last updated: December 2013

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.


Where courses provided
Alabama
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Alaska Not specified
Arizona
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
Arkansas Not specified. Concurrent courses are offered for high school students during the school day on the high school campus, the college campus, or by distance technology.
California
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
Colorado
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Connecticut
  • Not specified
  • Virtual program
Delaware
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Students must have multiple points of access for dual credit and dual enrollment course(s) including, but not limited to, course(s) offered on the high school campus, course(s) offered on the postsecondary institution campus, course(s) offered online, or a combination of the above.
District of Columbia
  • At postsecondary institution
Florida
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Georgia
  • At high school (Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment)
  • At postsecondary institution (Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment, Move on When Ready)
  • Virtual program (Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment, incl. Move on When Ready) The department may determine the manner in which a course included in the state’s online course clearing-house may be offered as a dual enrollment program.
Hawaii
  • At postsecondary institution
Idaho
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program. 2013 legislation permits up to $150,000 of the funds appropriated to the educational support program to be used for the development and maintenance of a portal of online K-12 or dual credit courses from the Idaho digital learning academy, Idaho school districts, charter schools, and public colleges and universities, accredited Idaho private colleges and universities, and any provider of online courses, provided that courses have been approved by the state department of education.
  • Other
Illinois
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
  • Other. At a career center.
Indiana
  • At high school (Postsecondary Enrollment Program)
  • At postsecondary institution (Postsecondary Enrollment Program)
  • Virtual program (any “dual credit” course)
  • Other (Postsecondary Enrollment Program) Based on demand for enrollment, an institution may offer a course through telecommunication, or a combination of onsite instruction and telecommunication, at on-campus or off-campus sites.
Iowa District-to-Community College Sharing or Concurrent Enrollment, Career Academy, and Project Lead the Way:
  • At high school
  • At community college
  • Virtual program (e.g., Iowa Communications Network (ICN) or internet)
Postsecondary Enrollment Options:
  • At postsecondary institution
Kansas
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
Kentucky Generally: Not specified

Dual Credit:
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
  • Other. Course may be delivered at another site other than the high school or postsecondary campus. Course may also be delivered in combination of delivery methods above.
Louisiana
  • At high school (Dual Enrollment)
  • At postsecondary institution (Dual Enrollment)
  • Not specified (TOPS – Tech Early Start Award)
  • Virtual program (Course Choice Program)
  • Other. An appropriate neutral setting
Maine Both programs: Not specified
Maryland Not specified
Massachusetts Not specified
Michigan
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program. The Michigan Virtual High School is authorized to offer college level equivalent courses and dual enrollment opportunities. In addition, there is allocated an amount not to exceed $9,387,500 for 2013-14 for the Michigan virtual university to operate the Michigan virtual learning research institute. One of the tasks of the institute is to create and maintain a public statewide catalog of online learning courses being offered by all public schools in the state. If the course offerings are included in the statewide catalog of online courses, the Michigan virtual school operated by the Michigan virtual university may offer online course offerings, including dual enrollment opportunities.
     
Minnesota
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Other (Course may be offered at another location according to an agreement between a public school board and the governing body of an eligible public postsecondary system or an eligible private postsecondary institution)
Mississippi
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program (may include eligible courses offered by the Mississippi On Line Learning Institute (MOLLI) or postsecondary institution such as the Mississippi Virtual Community College)
Missouri
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
Montana
  • At high school (Concurrent Enrollment)
  • At postsecondary institution (Running Start, Class 8 or Class B Alternative License)
  • Virtual program (Montana Digital Academy, through the University of Montana system)
Nebraska
  • Not specified
  • Virtual program. For purposes of the Educational Service Units Act, a distance education course includes a dual-enrollment course with at least one student who is in a different location than the teacher and taught by a high school or postsecondary instructor using either two-way interactive video or the Internet without two-way interactive video.
Nevada
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
New Hampshire Not specified
New Jersey
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
New Mexico
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
  • Other. At "off-campus centers"
New York Not specified
North Carolina
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
North Dakota
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Ohio
  • Not specified
  • Virtual program. The chancellor of the board of regents may determine the manner in which a course included in the board of regents’ clearinghouse of digital texts, interactive distance learning courses, and other distance learning courses may be offered as a dual enrollment program.
Oklahoma
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Oregon
  • At high school (Dual Credit program)
  • At postsecondary institution (Expanded Options program)
  • Virtual program (Both programs)
Pennsylvania
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Rhode Island
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
South Carolina
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
South Dakota
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Tennessee
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
  • Other.  At a facility owned or leased by an education partner, if any
Texas
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Utah
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institutio
  • Other (two options: videoconferencing and Technology-intensive concurrent enrollment (TICE). TICE courses are designed as either hybrid courses, having a blend of different learning activities available both in classrooms and online, or may be offered exclusively online. These courses must facilitate articulation, transfer of credit, and when possible, use open source materials available to all state institutions of higher education in order to reduce costs. Statute sets the course fee for an online concurrent enrollment in 2012-13 at $350, to be adjusted beginning with the 2013-14 school year in accordance with the percentage change in value of the weighted pupil unit from the previous school year.
Vermont
  • At high school (Dual Enrollment)
  • At postsecondary institution (Dual Enrollment)
  • Virtual program (may be but is not required to be offered) (Dual Enrollment)
  • Not specified (Technical)
Virginia
  • At high school (for some community college courses)
  • At postsecondary institution
Washington Dual Credit:
  • Not specified
Running Start:
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program. Students may take Running Start, University of Washington extension, Washington Online, and other online programs for college credit.
College in the High School:
  • Not specified
West Virginia
  • At high school (Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment and Early Enrollment)
  • At postsecondary institution (Early Enrollment)
Wisconsin Youth Options:
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution. Courses taught primarily at postsecondary institution.
Course Options and Section 118.15(1)(b): At postsecondary institution

Dual Enrollment: Not specified. In practice, courses are typically by high school teachers in the high school.

Section 118.55(7r): At postsecondary institution

UW Colleges Online offers courses for high school/college credit.
Wyoming
  • At high school (Concurrent Enrollment)
  • At postsecondary institution (Dual Enrollment)
  • Virtual program
  • Other. An off-campus center or at a site meeting safety and accessibility requirements under the instruction of a faculty member, or a higher education center that is part of a college outreach cooperative education services agreement entered into by one or more community college districts and one or more school districts, or a facility other than a high school maintained by the school district.

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