Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - New Mexico

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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 Credit
Where courses provided
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
  • Other. At "off-campus centers"
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Both
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program No
CTE component Yes. Students may take career-technical courses.
Unique characteristics All high school graduates must complete one unit either as an Advanced Placement or honors course, a dual credit course, or a distance learning course.

Private school, home school and bureau of Indian education high school students may participate in dual credit courses. Private school and home school students must pay the full cost of dual credit courses.

District partners must provide appropriate accommodations and services for special education students while the students are enrolled in dual credit classes, including academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services for eligible students across educational activities and settings (e.g. equipping school computers with screen-reading, voice recognition or other adaptive hardware or software and providing note-takers, recording devices, or sign language interpreters, or other adaptation as required by law). Districts must also inform students in need of accommodations or other arrangements of the need to speak directly with the disabilities coordinator at the postsecondary institution.

High school students must be allowed use of the postsecondary institution library, course-related labs and other instructional facilities, use of the postsecondary institution programs and services such as counseling, tutoring, advising, and special services for students with disabilities, and access to postsecondary institution personnel and resources as required.

The student's district, charter school, state-supported school or bureau of Indian education high school must pay for required textbooks and other course supplies through purchase agreements with the postsecondary institution/tribal college bookstore or through other cost-efficient methods. The student must return textbooks and unused course supplies to the district or K-12 school when the student completes or withdraws from the course. Postsecondary institutions must make every effort to adopt textbooks for at least three years.

The "dual credit council" is a six-member advisory group consisting of public education department and higher education department staff appointed by the cabinet secretaries of the higher education department and the public education department. The council issues recommendations to the cabinet secretaries of the public education and higher education departments on dual credit issues outside the scope of an LEA/institution's dual credit master agreement. Postsecondary institutions and LEAs have the right to appeal to the dual credit council on issues related to implementing the dual credit program, agreement, and rules.
Offering mandatory or voluntary Mandatory
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both. Accredited tribal colleges may also participate.
Student eligibility requirements
  • Written approval/recommendation
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. Postsecondary institutions must provide course placement evaluation and consider a high school college readiness assessment to verify a student's academic skill level and ensure compliance with course prerequisites.
  • Other. Parental permission. Student must also be enrolled one-half or more of the minimum course requirements approved by the public education department for public school students (enrolled at least half-time in high school courses), or be in physical attendance at a bureau of Indian education-funded high school at least three documented contact hours per day. Students must also discuss potential dual credit courses with appropriate LEA and institutional staff (see "unique characteristics" for more details).
  • Not specified. The agreement between the district and postsecondary partner must specify the required academic standing of students eligible to participate in the dual credit program. LEAs must employ a method of qualifying students for dual credit participation based on factors which may include academic performance review, use of next step plan, assessments, advisement and career guidance, and recommend enrollment at the postsecondary institution with evidence that the student has the appropriate skills and maturity to benefit from dual credit instruction. Postsecondary institutions must employ a method of qualifying students for dual credit that demonstrates the student has the appropriate skills and maturity to benefit from the instruction requested. Students have the right to appeal to the LEA or postsecondary institution any decision regarding enrollment in the dual credit program. Postsecondary institutions and LEAs must have a student appeals process for student enrollment in dual credit programs (the decision of the institution or LEA to which the student appeals is final).
Cap on number of credits students may earn No. A high school student may enroll in as many college courses as he/she wishes during a fall, spring or summer semester, provided the student's schedule is at least half comprised of public education department (PED)-approved high school courses.
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities Yes. Districts must ensure that each high school student, in developing a "next-step plan", is "reasonably informed about" curricular options, including dual credit courses. Each student's next-step plan, developed in grade 8 and annually updated, must include one or more of the following: Advanced Placement, honors, dual credit, distance learning, career-technical courses, or pre-apprenticeship programs. Districts must provide information and orientation to students about opportunities to participate in dual credit programs during student advisement, academic support and formulation of annual next step plans.
Counseling/advising is made available to students Yes. Postsecondary and district partners in dual credit agreements must collaborate to provide information and orientation to the student and parent on the responsibilities of dual credit enrollment, including academic rigor, time commitments, and behavioral expectations associated with taking college courses and the importance of satisfactorily completing the postsecondary institution credits attempted in order for dual credit to be awarded. Postsecondary and district partners must also inform students of course requirement information, including course content, grading policy, attendance requirements, course completion requirements, performance standards, and other related course information.

Students are required to discuss potential dual credit courses with the appropriate LEA and postsecondary institution staff, including institution admission and registration requirements, course requirements, credits to be attempted, credits to be awarded, scheduling under dual credit, and implications for failure to successfully complete the course.
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition State. The higher education institution must waive tuition and general fees for dual credit students (students are responsible for course-specific fees, i.e., lab, computer fees). The funding formula in place to allocate funds to the public institutions of higher education bases the allocation on the number of credit hours completed and reported to the higher education department. There is a lag of a year or more because the funds are allocated during the January-February legislative session.

The tribal college dual credit program fund consists of legislative appropriations; grants, gifts, donations, and bequests for the dual credit program; and earnings on monies in the fund. Funds may be used only by the higher education department to compensate tribal colleges for tuition and fees waived to allow high school students to attend classes on the college campus or electronically.
How state funds participating high schools Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes. The postsecondary partner must approve faculty for all dual credit courses. Each district offering dual credit courses must submit a signed uniform master agreement with a public postsecondary institution to the public education department. The agreement must specify eligible courses, academic quality of dual credit courses, course approval and course requirements.

College courses eligible for dual credit must meet the rigor for postsecondary institution credit and be congruent with the postsecondary institution's academic standards. Dual credit courses offered at high schools must conform to college academic standards. Course requirements for high school students enrolled in dual credit courses must be equal to those of regular college students.
Program reporting requirement Yes. Districts must annually report to the public education department and postsecondary institutions must report to the higher education department:
  • The number of students enrolled in dual credit classes
  • The courses taken and
  • Grades earned by each dual credit student.
The public education department must annually report to the legislature high school graduation rates for dual credit students. The higher education department must report to the legislature on the New Mexico postsecondary institutions dual credit students ultimately attend. The higher education department and the public education department must annually report to the legislature the estimated cost of providing the statewide dual credit program, including tuition, fees, textbooks and course supplies.
Program evaluation component Yes. The higher education department and the public education department must evaluate the dual credit program in terms of its accessibility to students statewide and its effect on:
  • Student achievement in secondary education
  • Student enrollment and completion of higher education
  • School districts, charter schools, state-supported schools, bureau of Indian education high schools, and public postsecondary educational institutions, and tribal colleges.
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes. Any course in the general education core may be offered for dual credit. Dual credit courses in the general education core must be transferable to any institution, and must count as fulfilling a required lower-division course.

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