Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Georgia

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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 State has multiple programs: Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment refers to coursework taken for high school and postsecondary credit. A few programs fall under the umbrella of dual credit/dual enrollment:

The Accel program is a non-need-based financial aid program to assist public and private high school students and home school students taking approved dual credit coursework leading toward an associate or baccalaureate degree (students cannot receive Accel program assistance for courses that are part of a technical certificate or diploma program of study.) Students must meet Accel requirements at the University System of Georgia (USG) or Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

The HOPE Grant program is a non-need-based grant program for public and private high school students taking technical certificate or diploma program courses from TCSG or USG institutions. Students must meet HOPE Grant requirements.

Through the Move on When Ready program, a public school student in grades 11 or 12 takes all of his/her coursework at an eligible postsecondary institution for dual credit.

Joint Enrollment refers to coursework taken only for postsecondary credit (i.e., student's high school has not agreed to accept the postsecondary coursework as credit toward the student's high school graduation requirements). A joint enrollment student is ineligible for Accel Program participation, but may participate in the HOPE Grant program.

Unless otherwise indicated, all policies refer to Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment or Move on When Ready.
Where courses provided
  • 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.
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned All programs but Joint Enrollment: Both

Joint Enrollment: Postsecondary
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program Yes. Students who fail to demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and/or math may enroll in a dual credit course if they concurrently enroll in specially designed courses to address their deficits in reading and writing and/or math, be awarded dual credit if they meet readiness standards before or at the point they successfully complete the dual credit course.
CTE component Yes. Students may enroll for dual credit at the Technical College System of Georgia’s institutions. In addition, students enrolled in the Georgia Youth Apprenticeship Program are eligible to earn dual credit upon completing a planned training experience, provided students meet postsecondary readiness established in reading, writing and math for the particular advanced training program or associate's degree.
Unique characteristics Beginning with the graduating high school class of 2015, in order to be eligible to receive a HOPE scholarship, students must complete at least two advanced courses from any of seven categories, including dual credit courses in core subjects, and courses taken at a unit of the University System of Georgia in core subjects where such courses are not remedial and developmental courses. Effective with the graduating high school classes of 2016 and 2017, this requirement increases to at least three and at least four advanced courses, respectively, from the same seven categories.

A college and career academy must obtain certification from the office of college and career transitions within the Technical College System of Georgia. An applicant academy seeking certification must demonstrate how the proposed college and career academy will provide for dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities.

Statute directs the state board to establish rules and regulations to maximize the number of students, effective with entering 9th graders in the 2014-2015 school year, who complete at least one course containing online learning before graduation. This may be met through an online dual enrollment course offered by a postsecondary institution.
Access
Offering mandatory or voluntary Not specified
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment and Move on When Ready: Both. Private independent nonprofit and private proprietary institutions may also participate.

ACCEL Program: Both. However, coursework must lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree (Students cannot receive ACCEL program assistance for courses that are part of a technical certificate or diploma program of study.)

HOPE Grant Program: Two-year
Student eligibility requirements Dual Credit/Dual Enrolment:
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution
  • Student in grades 11-12. A student in grades 9-10 is eligible if s/he has a 3.50 cumulative GPA and has been approved by the student's high school and postsecondary institution for dual enrollment.
  • Other. Be on track to graduate and maintain satisfactory academic progress towards fulfilling applicable high school graduation requirements. Must take at least two courses a day on campus. Demonstration of college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics. A student who meets reading and writing readiness standards qualifies to enroll in any dual credit course except in courses that require a strong mathematics foundation. Students who fail to demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and/or math may enroll in courses in these subjects if they enroll concurrently in specially designed courses to address their deficits in reading and writing or mathematics or both. Meet local system requirements.
Accel (in addition to above requirements for dual credit):
  • Written approval/recommendation. From student’s high school.
  • Other. Written parental consent, for students under age 18.
Move on When Ready:
  • Student in grades 11-12
  • Other. Must have spent previous school year attending a public high school in Georgia.
Cap on number of credits students may earn Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment (including ACCEL Program and HOPE Grant Program): No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student.

Move on When Ready: No. By definition, a participating 11th or 12th grader is taking all his/her courses at or through an eligible institution or a virtual course.
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment: Yes. Each local school system must provide general information about dual credit courses to all 8th through 11th grade students.

Move on When Ready: Yes. Each local school system must provide general information about the program to all 10th and 11th grade students.
Counseling/advising is made available to students Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment and Move on When Ready: Yes. The department, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and the State Board of the Technical College System (or in the case of Move on When Ready, just the department) must develop appropriate forms and counseling guidelines for dual credit courses/Move on When Ready and make such forms and guidelines available to local school systems and eligible institutions. A local school system must also provide counseling services in accordance with the counseling guidelines provided by the department to prospective students and their parents before students enroll in a dual credit course or Move on When Ready. Prior to participating in a dual credit course or the Move on When Ready program, the student and parent must sign the form provided by the school system or by an eligible institution stating that they have received the aforementioned counseling and understand the responsibilities to be assumed in participating in the program.

Specifically, the LEA must provide at a minimum the following advisement to any interested student and his/her parent:
  • The names of eligible institutions, approved courses, information about approved academic transferable credit and local and state high school graduation requirements
  • The name of a contact person at each eligible institution for information concerning the program
  • Procedures for scheduling approved courses between the high school and the eligible institutions
  • Financial information for tuition, books and materials
  • The potential effect of the program on a student completing a course and completing required high school graduation requirements
  • Consequences of course incompletion, course failure and the possible delay of high school graduation
  • Eligibility information for participating in extracurricular activities
  • The academic and social responsibilities of the student and parent, including continuing responsibilities to obey the rules of both the eligible institution and the high school.
In addition, the individual graduation plan each student develops before the end of 8th grade must include opportunities for postsecondary studies through articulation, dual enrollment, and joint enrollment.
Finance
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment: Combination of state and student/parent. Tuition is paid by either the Georgia Department of Education or the Georgia Student Finance Commission, depending on the participating dual enrollment/dual credit program. The student/parents will be responsible for some of the costs, which may vary depending on the type of dual enrollment program. Payment for books and materials is dependent on the type of dual program.

Two scholarship programs can help defray the costs that fall to students/parents:
  • The ACCEL program is a non-need-based program to assist public and private high school students taking dual credit coursework leading toward an associate or baccalaureate degree (Students cannot receive ACCEL program assistance for courses that are part of a technical certificate or diploma program of study). Students must meet all other HOPE Grant requirements.
  • The HOPE Grant program is a non-need-based grant program for students taking courses from the Technical College System of Georgia’s institutions.
Move on When Ready: State (department of education)

Joint Enrollment: If a student does not receive funding from one of the above grant programs, tuition is the responsibility of the student/parent.
How state funds participating high schools Dual Credit: Equal

Move on When Ready: Local school systems do not receive FTE funding for the student, but instead would receive a records fee of $100/per semester for the student.

Joint Enrollment: Unclear
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Dual Credit: Unclear

Joint Enrollment: Equal

Move on When Ready: Equal, with qualifications. Department pays institution the lesser of, less a records fee of $200.00 for administration costs of the local school system:
  • The actual cost of tuition, materials, and fees directly related to the courses taken by the eligible student at such institution; or
  • The amount that the participating eligible student would have earned under this article if he or she had been in equivalent instructional programs in the local school system.
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment: Yes. The department, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia must jointly establish policies to ensure dual credit courses reflect college-level work. Such policies must include establishing the same content standards, requirements for faculty, course syllabi, and end-of-course exams for dual credit academic and career, technical, and agricultural education courses, whether taught to high school or college students.

Move on When Ready: Courses are taken at postsecondary institution or online.
Program reporting requirement Yes. Statute establishes legislative intent to collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of dual credit and dual enrollment programs.
Program evaluation component Yes. Statute establishes legislative intent to collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of dual credit and dual enrollment programs. The department, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia must jointly establish policies, which must include determining how dual enrollment will be monitored to assure programs meet state standards for college-level work.
Transferability
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes. The department, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia must jointly establish policies, which must include developing a state-wide system for the transfer of college credits earned through dual credit courses.

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