Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Nebraska

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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 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
  • Not specified
  • Virtual program. For purposes of the Educational Service Units Act, a distance education course includes a dual-enrollment course with at least one student who is in a different location than the teacher and taught by a high school or postsecondary instructor using either two-way interactive video or the Internet without two-way interactive video.
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."
Access
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
  • Not specified
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
Finance
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)."
Transferability
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits No

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