Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Alabama

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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

Data compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

Program Basics
Statewide policy in place Yes
Definition or title of program Dual Enrollment
Where courses provided
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Both
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program No
CTE component Yes. Students at two-year colleges may enroll in academic, career and technical or health courses.

Local boards may elect to participate in the Early College Enrollment Program (ECEP), a dual enrollment program for career and technical education students in grades 11 and 12.

Students who do not have a minimum "B" average but who have demonstrated ability to benefit as documented by successful completion and placement identification on assessments approved by the department of postsecondary education are limited to pursuing career/technical and health-related courses.
Unique characteristics Private school and homeschool students may also establish dual enrollment agreements with postsecondary institutions.

Students in grades 10-12 who do not meet the eligibility requirement of a "B" average in high school courses may be determined eligible to participate in dual enrollment "pending demonstrated ability to benefit as documented by successful completion and placement identification on assessments approved by the department of postsecondary education" (includes ASSET, WorkKeys, CPAT). Such students are limited to pursuing career/technical and health-related courses, and must have "a 'B' average in high school courses related to the occupational/technical studies, if applicable, which the student intends to pursue at the postsecondary level and" have an overall 2.5 grade point average.

The state department of education must work with districts with the lowest high school graduation rates to implement dropout prevention interventions. One of the interventions the department may implement is offering full course fee waivers to students eligible for free/reduced lunch who are enrolled in dual credit courses. The department must submit a written report to the legislature on the outcomes of dropout prevention strategies, and any planned modification of school system dropout prevention strategies and activities, based on the data compiled.

Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both
Student eligibility requirements
  • Student in grades 10-12
  • Minimum GPA
  • Written approval/recommendation
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution
Cap on number of credits students may earn Not set in state policy
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities No. However, standards for school counselors require that prospective school counselors demonstrate knowledge of secondary/postsecondary course articulation and dual enrollment.
Counseling/advising is made available to students Yes, at community colleges. The dual enrollment agreement between the local board and postsecondary institution must address methods for addressing student related issues, including admissions, procedures, and advisement.
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Local decision. Tuition is the responsibility of the student/parent, unless otherwise negotiated between the college and the local board of education. Tuition may be provided by alternative resources, including funds provided by Workforce Development.
How state funds participating high schools Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Not defined. Determined on institutional basis.
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes. A high school teacher teaching a dual enrollment course through a community college must be designated an adjunct faculty member of the college and must meet the state board and other accrediting agencies' credentialing requirements. Faculty must be under the college's control and supervision, and the college must provide for faculty orientation, supervision and evaluation.

For courses offered through four-year institutions, instructor and course quality provisions are determined at the institutional level.
Program reporting requirement Not set in state policy
Program evaluation component Yes, for partnerships between districts and community colleges. Each partnership must include a plan for annual program evaluation. At four-year institutions, addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits No

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