Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - North Carolina

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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 The Career and College Promise program provides opportunities for students to pursue (1) a Career Technical Education Pathway, leading to a certificate or diploma aligned with one or more high school Tech Prep Career Clusters, and (2) a College Transfer Pathway, leading to a college transfer certificate requiring the successful completion of 30 semester hours of transfer courses, including English and math.
Where courses provided
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Postsecondary credit. High school credit may be earned for some CTE and College Transfer courses.
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program Yes, through the Gateway to College Program. While Gateway to College is a national program, statute directs the state board of community colleges to permit high school students enrolled in Gateway to College programs to enroll in developmental courses based on an assessment of their individual student needs by a high school and community college staff team, and include this coursework in computing the budget FTE for the colleges.
CTE component Yes. The Career and College Promise program allows community colleges to offer a Career Technical Education Pathway, leading to a certificate or diploma aligned with one or more high school Tech Prep Career Clusters.
Unique characteristics Home school and private school students may also participate.
Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Two-year
Student eligibility requirements
  • Minimum GPA. For Career Technical Pathway, minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale OR upon principal recommendation. For College Transfer Pathway, minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale.
  • Written approval/recommendation. Principal recommendation ONLY for Career Technical Pathway student with GPA below 3.0.
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. For Career Technical Pathway students: Meet course prerequisites.
  • Student in grades 11-12. However, recent changes allow students in grades 9-10 to enroll in technology and engineering programs.
  • Other. For College Transfer Pathway, students who have demonstrated college readiness on an approved assessment (State has set college-readiness benchmarks on PLAN, PSAT, Assets, COMPASS, Accuplacer. Colleges may alternatively use minimum scores on SAT and/or ACT to demonstrate readiness in English, Critical Reading, and Mathematics.)
For the College Transfer pathway, an 11th or 12th grader may qualify under "Provisional Eligibility Criteria" that include 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, 2 years high school Engilsh and Algebra II with "C" or higher, and permission of principal and community college president. A student participating through Provisional Eligibility Criteria may enroll only in English and math courses until s/he demonstrates college readiness by completing a college course with a "C" or higher.

To maintain eligibility, participants must maintain a GPA of 2.0 on college courses in a program of study and continue to make progress toward high school graduation.
Cap on number of credits students may earn No
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities No
Counseling/advising is made available to students Not set in state policy. Advising is primarily the high school’s responsibility.
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition State. The general assembly reimburses FTE costs to the community college system based on participation reports. However, state funds are not available to cover textbooks or fees. Fees are not waived unless the community college chooses to do so. The LEA and community college determine how to pay for textbooks, and whether/how student fees will be paid.
How state funds participating high schools Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Not applicable--all Career and College Promise courses are taught by community college faculty.
Program reporting requirement Yes. The Community Colleges System Office must report to the Joint Education Oversight Committee or, if the General Assembly is in session, to the House and Senate Education Committees no later than February 1 regarding the number and cost of high school FTE served as a result of the Career and College Promise program.
Program evaluation component Yes. The North Carolina Community College System and the department of public instruction must jointly develop and implement a program accountability plan to evaluate short-term and long-term outcomes for Career and College Promise. Outcomes to be measured must include:
  • The impact of dual enrollment on high school completion
  • The academic achievement and performance of dually enrolled high school students
  • The number of students who successfully complete college certificates while dually enrolled
  • The impact of dual enrollment and certificate completion on enrollment in college
  • The persistence and completion rates of students who continue into college programs after high school graduation
  • The academic achievement and performance of students who continue into college programs after high school graduation.
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes. 2011 legislation directs the North Carolina Community College System, University of North Carolina (UNC) General Administration, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to develop a plan for articulation of a college transfer certificate to all UNC institutions and participating independent colleges and universities. North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc., must also be included in the development of the plan if it chooses to participate. College transfer certificates must require the successful completion of 30 credit hours of college transfer courses, including English and math, for qualified high school juniors and seniors.

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