Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Indiana

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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 A Dual Credit course is one taught by a high school faculty member, a college faculty or adjunct faculty member that a high school student may take to earn both high school and college credits. Dual credit courses may include an on-campus course taught to regular postsecondary students, or a college course taught in a high school classroom by a faculty member of an institution.

A Concurrent Enrollment course is a dual credit taught at a high school by a regular high school faculty member approved by an institution, for high school credit, and college credit if an agreement is made between the school corporation and an institution.

The Postsecondary Enrollment Program allows school corporations (districts) and eligible institutions to offer college courses taught by faculty members of eligible institutions, and concurrent enrollment courses.

School corporations may also offer a supplemental postsecondary education program, or allow a student to attend an education program during the regular school day/school year apart from Postsecondary Enrollment Program. An eligible institution may also allow a public school student to enroll in a course independent of Postsecondary Enrollment Program.
Where courses provided
  • 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.
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Depends on course type. A student in:
  • A concurrent enrollment course taught by an approved high school faculty member earns high school credit and may earn college credit through an agreement between the institution and school corporation.
  • An on-campus course taught by a faculty member of an institution as a regular course offering to postsecondary students earns postsecondary credit and must be approved by the student’s high school for high school credit.
  • A college course taught in a high school by a faculty member of an institution may earn both secondary and postsecondary credits.
  • An online course taught by a faculty member of an institution as a regular course offering to postsecondary students earns postsecondary credit and must be approved by the student’s high school for high school credit.
Postsecondary Enrollment Program: Not specified. Awarding of secondary credit is subject to school corporation’s approval of a course for secondary credit. The criteria for determining the courses approved for secondary credit, which may include a provision that a course in which the student intends to enroll is not approved for secondary credit if the course is so unlike any of the approved courses listed in 511 IAC 6-2-5(d) that appropriate secondary credit cannot be given.

Currently, institutions must award postsecondary credit upon a student’s completion of a Postsecondary Enrollment Program course. Effective with courses offered at a high school beginning in the 2014-15 school year, a student must achieve at least the equivalent of a 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted grading scale to receive postsecondary credit. If the student achieves less than a 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted grading scale, the dual credit teacher must not submit the grade for the dual credit course to the eligible institution.
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program Not set in state policy
CTE component Yes, for programs generally. For purposes of dual enrollment and college credit earned by high school students, statute includes in definition of “postsecondary credit” credit toward a career and technical education certification upon completion of a course offered in a high school setting.

A state educational institution or campus thereof that offers concurrent college courses, including in CTE disciplines, must be either accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, or approved by the commission for higher education.

Effective with students entering high school in the 2012-13 school year, to be eligible for a Core 40 diploma with technical honors, a student must, among other criteria, Earn a minimum of 6 credits in the college and career preparation courses in a state-approved college & career pathway and either complete pathway designated dual credit courses from the lists of priority courses resulting in 6 verifiable transcripted college credits, or earn a pathway designated industry-based certification or credential.

Postsecondary Enrollment Program: The guidelines developed by the department of education must encourage participation by students at all achievement levels and in a variety of academic and vocational subjects.
Unique characteristics It is recommended that schools offering dual credit courses on the high school campus use a dual credit provider from the preferred provider list as developed by the commission for higher education.

To be eligible for a Core 40 diploma with advanced academic honors, a student must complete 1 of 6 criteria – one criterion is completion of dual credit coursework from the priority course list resulting in 6 transferable college credits Another criterion is a combination of completion of 2 Advanced Placement course credits and the corresponding AP test and dual credit coursework from the priority course list resulting in 3 transferable college credits.

Effective with students entering high school in the 2012-13 school year, to earn a Core 40 diploma with academic honors, a student must, among other criteria, choose from 6 criteria, including completion of dual credit courses resulting in 6 verifiable transcripted college credits and two chosen from: a minimum of 3 verifiable transcripted college courses, 2 Advanced Placement course credits and the corresponding AP test, or 2 credits in an IB standard level course and corresponding exams.

Effective with students entering high school in the 2012-13 school year, to be eligible for a Core 40 diploma with technical honors, a student must, among other criteria, earn a minimum of 6 credits in the college and career preparation courses in a state-approved college & career pathway and either complete pathway designated dual credit courses from the lists of priority courses resulting in 6 verifiable transcripted college credits, or earn a pathway designated industry-based certification or credential.

Postsecondary Enrollment Program: The guidelines developed by the department of education must encourage participation by students at all achievement levels and in a variety of academic and vocational subjects. Local policies may not prohibit a student from enrolling in or attending an education program when the student is not required to be in attendance at the student's school corporation.
Access
Offering mandatory or voluntary Mandatory. The governing body of each school corporation must adopt policies to implement the Postsecondary Enrollment Program. Further, each high school must provide at least two dual credit and two Advanced Placement course offerings to qualifying students.

An institution must accept or reject a student applying to participate in the Postsecondary Enrollment Program based on the standards ordinarily used to decide student enrollments. However, a student may not be refused admission solely because the student has not graduated from a secondary school.
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both All programs: Both. An accredited private college or university may also participate.
Student eligibility requirements
  • Not specified. For Postsecondary Enrollment Program, eligibility requirements are set by the eligible institution and the school corporation’s governing body. A school corporation’s eligibility criteria may provide a student ineligible to participate if (1) participation would delay the student's progress toward high school graduation, or (2) the request is for enrollment in a course offered by the student's school and participation would result in cancellation of the course due to low enrollment.
Cap on number of credits students may earn Postsecondary Enrollment Program: No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student, upon the recommendation of a school administrator.
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities Yes, for Postsecondary Enrollment Program. Each school corporation must annually provide each student in grades 8-11 with information concerning postsecondary enrollment opportunities.
Counseling/advising is made available to students Yes, for Postsecondary Enrollment Program. A representative of the school corporation, by agreement with an eligible institution and using information that may be provided by the eligible institution, must meet with each student who intends to participate in a postsecondary enrollment opportunity, to discuss:
  • The courses in which the student may enroll, including prerequisites needed
  • The postsecondary credit the student earns upon successful completion of a course
  • The consequences of the student's failure to successfully complete a course
  • Notice of the course and schedule
  • The financial obligations of the student and the school under the postsecondary enrollment opportunity
  • The responsibilities of the student, the student's parent, and the school under the postsecondary enrollment opportunity
  • Other matters concerning the postsecondary enrollment opportunity.
Generally: In addition, each state educational institution must make available to students and high school guidance counselors a report indicating the extent to which and conditions under which postsecondary credit may be granted through various programs.
Finance
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Generally: Student/parent. However, the commission for higher education may identify a set of concurrent enrollment college courses that are offered in the high school setting for postsecondary credit and receive state funding as priority dual credit courses. The commission must set the tuition rate charged a student for a priority dual credit course. The commission on higher education has set tuition at no more than $25/credit hour for 2011-2013 for courses on the Priority Course List. Several institutions offer courses at costs below this commission requirement.

Postsecondary Enrollment Program: For students enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College, the school corporation pays tuition.

Upon demonstration of financial need, an eligible institution may grant a student financial assistance, including a tuition waiver. Ivy Tech is eligible for reimbursement for costs incurred to deliver courses taken by a student whose tuition is waived.
How state funds participating high schools Postsecondary Enrollment Program: Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Postsecondary Enrollment Program: Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes, for Postsecondary Enrollment Program. The institution must ensure that course content and rigor is adequate to warrant providing credit to a student as if the student took the course as a student at the eligible institution, including determining prerequisites, if any, for enrollment in a dual credit course and standards for assessment. The institution must set the criteria for a faculty member or other instructor teaching the course with the institution or school corporation, depending on whether the course is taught by postsecondary faculty or high school instructor.

In addition, a state educational institution or campus thereof that offers concurrent college courses must be either accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, or approved by the commission for higher education.
Program reporting requirement Yes, for Postsecondary Enrollment Program. For each participating student, each school corporation must maintain a record of the courses and credit hours in which the student enrolls, the courses the student successfully completes and fails to complete, the secondary credit granted the student, and any other information requested by the department of education. The department is entitled to access these records.

Each postsecondary institution must maintain the same information for each participating student (recording postsecondary credit granted instead of secondary credit granted). The commission for higher education is entitled to access these records.

At the end of each school year, each school corporation must submit to the department of education a list of the students enrolled in postsecondary enrollment opportunities, and the postsecondary enrollment opportunities courses completed by each such student.
Program evaluation component Yes, for Postsecondary Enrollment Program. The department of education, in consultation with the commission for higher education, must annually evaluate postsecondary enrollment opportunities and report to the state board of education concerning the postsecondary enrollment opportunities.
Transferability
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes, if the course is offered by a state educational institution and the course is listed in the statewide core transfer library (such courses are transferable on all campuses of the state educational institutions. The educational institution other than the one the student completed the course with must also grant credit for courses that are subject to an articulation agreement, and may grant credit for other successfully completed courses.

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