|Statewide policy in place||Yes|
|Definition or title of program||For purposes of the Educational Service Units Act, a dual-enrollment course is defined as a course taught to students for credit at both a high school and a postsecondary educational institution.|
|Where courses provided|
|Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned||Dual credit: Both|
|Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program||Not set in state policy|
|CTE component||Not set in state policy|
|Unique characteristics||One of the statutory duties of the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education is to encourage the interaction of public institutions with K-12 schools to facilitate joint planning initiatives on matters such as class or credit agreements for high school students enrolling in college-level programs.|
The Nebraska Dual Enrollment Standards, which serve as guidelines but do not have force of law, direct districts and institutions to "work together to ensure broad access to dual enrollment courses for all students, irrespective of the students’ financial resources. Postsecondary education institutions are encouraged to offer tuition remissions or find other means of support for eligible students qualifying for free or reduced lunches or otherwise demonstrating financial need. "School districts that receive state aid related in part to significant numbers of students challenged by poverty or English language limitations should consider using such aid or finding other means of support to fund the tuition expenses of eligible students who would not otherwise be able to enroll in dual enrollment courses."
|Offering mandatory or voluntary||Voluntary|
|College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both||Both. Nonprofit private postsecondary educational institutions may also offer distance education dual enrollment courses.|
|Student eligibility requirements|
|Cap on number of credits students may earn||Not set in state policy|
|Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities||No|
|Counseling/advising is made available to students||Not set in state policy|
|Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition||Not set in state policy|
The Access College Early Scholarship Program provides low-income students with financial assistance for courses taken in high school for postsecondary credit.
|How state funds participating high schools||Equal|
|How state funds participating postsecondary institutions||Equal|
|Ensuring Program Quality|
|Instructor qualifications component||Yes. A dual credit teaching certificate is available to allow college faculty to teach courses offered by the institution and approved by a local school system for high school credit. Each applicant for the certificate must meet specified requirements for a general teaching certificate, be eligible to teach courses for college credit as documented by the employing college's submission of the Postsecondary Verification Form, hold a master’s degree, and earned at least 6 graduate hours in the subject area for which a teaching endorsement is sought. Regulations also specify certificate renewal requirements.|
In addition, the Nebraska Dual Enrollment Standards, which serve as guidelines but do not have force of law, specify:
(1) Instructors must hold a master's degree and "have the mutual support of the district and college/university participating in the dual enrollment program."
(2) High school and postsecondary faculty must "receive appropriate orientation and training[.]"
(3) "Collaboration between high school and postsecondary faculty is encouraged and faculty development is available where appropriate."
(4) "High school and postsecondary faculty maintain contact throughout the program. In some instances, this contact is facilitated by technology."
Furthermore, "Course outlines or syllabi (including at minimum a description of content, teaching strategies, performance measures, grading standards, resource materials, objectives/outcomes, and course calendar) utilized in the program meet district(s), state, and college/university standards."
|Program reporting requirement||Not set in state policy|
|Program evaluation component||Not set in state policy. However, the Nebraska Dual Enrollment Standards, which serve as guidelines but do not have force of law, specify that: (1) The district(s) and postsecondary institution should annually review the program. (2) Program participants should be "tracked following graduation through postsecondary experiences when possible. Tracking elements may include district(s) data (e.g., class rank, GPA, ACT where available, AP exam where available and appropriate, and course outcomes and grade) and postsecondary data (e.g., GPA, major, number of hours completed, and enhancements, if appropriate to program)."|
|Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits||No|