Dual Enrollment: Definition or Title of Program

Dual Enrollment: Definition or Title of Program

This database indicates the title of state programs in states in which statewide programs have been established.

  • Forty-six states have one or more common statewide dual enrollment policies.
  • Four states and the District of Columbia leave dual enrollment policies to the discretion of local districts and postsecondary institutions.

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.

Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

Last updated: December 4, 2008

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

Definition or title of program
Alabama Dual Enrollment – Postsecondary Institutions. High school students are allowed to take college courses for credit either at a high school or on a college campus.
Alaska While there is no statewide policy in Alaska, dual enrollment is offered on an institutional basis.
Arizona State has two programs: Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment. Dual Enrollment courses are offered either on a high school or postsecondary campus through an "intergovernmental agreement" between a local board and a community college district governing board. Concurrent Enrollment courses are offered on a college campus. Policies in this profile generally relate to dual enrollment provisions.
Arkansas State has two programs: Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment. Dual enrollment courses are offered by a postsecondary institution for college credit only. Concurrent enrollment are offered for both high school and college credit. Policies in this database generally refer to concurrent enrollment.
California Concurrent Enrollment
Colorado State has two programs: Postsecondary Enrollment Options and Fast Track. Postsecondary Enrollment Options allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses for both high school and college credit. Fast Track Program is for 12th-grade students who have fulfilled their high school graduation requirements and want to carry a full load of college courses and earn college credit their senior year.
Connecticut High school partnerships program. Community-technical colleges may enter into agreements with local districts, directors of regional vocational-technical high schools and parochial high school administrators to offer high school students community college courses.
Delaware Dual Enrollment/Awarding of Dual Credit
District of Columbia While there is no district-wide policy in the District of Columbia, dual enrollment is offered on an institutional basis.
Florida Dual Enrollment
Georgia State has three programs: ACCELDual Enrollment and Joint Enrollment. ACCEL is a lottery-funded dual enrollment program administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission that allows 11th and 12th grade students to take certain courses (not technical certificate courses) for high school and postsecondary credit. Dual Enrollment allows students to take courses at public or private institutions for high school and postsecondary credit. Joint Enrollment allows high school students to take courses at public or private institutions only for postsecondary credit.
Hawaii Running Start
Idaho Postsecondary Enrollment Options
Illinois No title. Administrative rule allows community colleges to admit high school students to college courses.
Indiana State has three programs: the Postsecondary Enrollment Program, Double Up for College, and Fast Track to College.
Iowa State has two programs: Postsecondary Enrollment Options and Concurrent Enrollment. Postsecondary Enrollment Options allows students to take college courses at a two- or four-year institution. The district will pay for the course if the course is not offered at the high school. Concurrent Enrollment courses, typically taught by a high school teacher at a high school, are offered through a contractual agreement between a community college and the school district.
Kansas Concurrent Enrollment
Kentucky State has two programs: Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment. Dual Credit is defined as "a college-level course of study ... in which a high school student receives credit from both the high school and postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled upon completion of a single class or designated program of study." Dual Enrollment means "a college-level course of study ... in which a student is enrolled in a high school and postsecondary institution" at the same time. Participating in the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky can be defined as "dual credit" or "dual enrollment."
Louisiana State has two programs: TOPS-Tech Early Start Award, and Early Start. TOPS-Tech Early Start Award provides scholarships for 11th and 12th graders to pursue an industry-based occupational or vocational education credential at a public postsecondary institution. Early Start provides tuition assistance for students to enroll in college-level, enrichment/development and/or work skills courses for dual credit. (Students in enrichment/developmental courses will receive postsecondary institutional credit but not degree credit).

In addition, voluntary agreements between high schools and postsecondary partners are referred to here as Traditional Dual Enrollment, in which a student may enroll in a public two- or four-year institution, with most program parameters set by the postsecondary institution and high school. The database indicates where policy or state-level practice touch upon such agreements.
Maine No title. The state also has a smaller dual enrollment program not generated by policy, Early College for ME, targeted at high school seniors with college potential but no plans for college. An ECS highlight offers a profile of the program.
Maryland No title. State allows high school students to be dually enrolled in a high school and an institution of higher education.
Massachusetts No title
Michigan State has two programs (no title for either program). One was established through the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (1996). The other was established through the Career and Technical Preparation Act (2000).
Minnesota Postsecondary Enrollment Options (the first state-level dual enrollment policy in the U.S.)
Mississippi State has three programs (no title for any program). One allows partnerships between local districts and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). Another allows partnerships between local districts and the Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges (SBCJC). A third allows partnerships among local districts, the IHL and the SBCJC (repealed effective June 30, 2009). The programs are fairly similar — differences are noted where they exist.
Missouri No title. High schools may "offer postsecondary course options to high school students."
Montana State has two programs: Running Start and Class 8 Alternative License. Running Start allows high school students to take courses for dual credit or college credit at a postsecondary institution. This model has expanded in recent years and now describes only a portion of dual enrollment courses offered in the state. Class 8 Alternative License requires college faculty teaching dual credit courses at the high school, postsecondary institutuion or online to demonstrate qualifications to teach high school students in the endorsement area. Courses for college credit only do not require the Class 8 Alternative License.
Nebraska State has two programs: Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment. Dual Credit students earn both high school and college credit. Concurrent Enrollment students earn college credit only. Students in both programs are counted in their high school's average daily attendance.
Nevada No title. Students in grades 11 and 12 who complete postsecondary courses must be allowed to apply the credit toward completion of high school graduation requirements.
New Hampshire While there is no statewide policy in New Hampshire, dual enrollment is offered on an institutional basis.
New Jersey No title. Districts and postsecondary institutions may create partnerships in which college courses are offered to high school students on postsecondary campuses and in high schools.
New Mexico Dual Credit
New York While there is no statewide policy in New York, dual enrollment is offered on an institutional basis.
North Carolina State has two programs: "Huskins Bill" and Concurrent Enrollment. The Huskins Bill program provides that an agreement between a district and community college will allow students in grades 9-12 to enroll in college courses for college credit. Concurrent Enrollment allows a high school student who is at least 16 years old to enroll in community college courses for college credit.
North Dakota Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program
Ohio Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program. High school students are allowed to take college courses for credit either at a high school or on a college campus. Also includes the Seniors to Sophomores program, which allows high school seniors to enroll full-time at a University System of Ohio campus their last year of high school.

In addition, 2005 H.B. 115 authorized 16 regions to receive grant funding and establish dual credit programs targeting courses in mathematics, science and foreign language. However, because this is not a statewide program, it is not referenced elsewhere in this database.
Oklahoma Concurrent Enrollment
Oregon Expanded Options Program
Pennsylvania Concurrent Enrollment
Rhode Island

While there is no statewide policy in Rhode Island, dual enrollment opportunities are being provided through locally and privately funded initiatives.

Notes/Citation: However, in the fall of 2007, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education developed a series of dual enrollment initiatives to focus on the state’s underserved students. A statewide dual enrollment coordinator was hired to oversee these initiatives which include a focus on informed practice, procedure, policy, and implementation as well as a statewide campaign to highlight dual enrollment opportunities across the state’s public and private institutions. The Governor’s PK-16 Council established a Dual Enrollment Subcommittee in the fall of 2007 and charged the subcommittee with developing policy, procedure and implementation plans for statewide dual enrollment initiatives that would target all students, in particular those who were underserved. The Dual Enrollment Subcommittee is developing a memorandum of understanding between the state’s higher education and K-12 commissioners to serve as a guarantee that high school students who enroll and complete a pre-approved college course will also earn credit towards high school completion. A procedure manual is being developed to streamline the documentation of dual enrollment paperwork. Additionally, policy is being crafted to address the issues of developing a statewide dual enrollment agenda. In order to develop informed practices for dual enrollment, the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education is sponsoring a statewide pilot with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The pilot is allowing the state to test a model for dual enrollment that reaches out to students from a low-income, predominantly minority, urban high school in Providence and provides college skills training and academic support as well as 15 transcripted credits. Additionally, five mini-pilots were developed from the larger statewide pilot to test the success of programs ranging from scholarship support for single dual enrollment courses, a partnership between the Community College of Rhode Island and The Met High School to develop an early high school pipeline, a partnership between the University of Rhode Island and Central Falls High School to provide students a "taste" of college coupled with academic support systems, and a three-credit college success course offered to students across the state.

South Carolina Dual Enrollment
South Dakota No title. A high school student may enroll in an institution of higher education or postsecondary vocational education institution.
Tennessee State has two programs: Dual Enrollment and Joint Enrollment. Dual enrollment is an arrangement between a high school and a postsecondary institution that allows a student to enroll in postsecondary classes for high school and college credit. Joint enrollment allows a student to receive only high school or postsecondary credit.
Texas Dual Credit
Utah Concurrent Enrollment
Vermont State has two programs: Vermont State Colleges [VSC] Dual Enrollment and No Title. VSC Dual Enrollment allows students who complete a gateway "College Studies" course to receive a voucher for free tuition in up to two college courses; non-VSC entities that sign a memorandum of understanding may also accept dual enrollment students. The second state program allows a secondary technical student to enroll in postsecondary technical courses at the expense of the district of residence if the enrollment is accepted by the postsecondary institution, approved by the district of residence, and approved for credit toward high school graduation requirements.
Virginia High school students may earn college credit in several ways. In addition to credits for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, students may earn dual enrollment and/or concurrent enrollment credits. Dual Enrollment agreements between schools and postsecondary institutions (usually community colleges) allow students to earn high school and postsecondary credit; courses are taught by postsecondary faculty, typically at the high school campus. Concurrent Enrollment allows high school students to enroll in a community college course. Such students may or may not receive high school credit, but are not taking the course as part of a contract between the school division and the college.
Washington Running Start
West Virginia While "Dual Enrollment" and "Dual Credit" are used in some passages of statute and regulations, procedural rules by the higher education policy commission and council for community and technical college education use neither term, referring instead to "guidelines for the offering of college courses for high school students."
Wisconsin Youth Options Program
Wyoming No title
Puerto Rico No information located

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