Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - North Dakota

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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 Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program
Where courses provided
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Both
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program Not set in state policy
CTE component Yes. Students may receive dual credit for completing a CTE course offered by a postsecondary institution in a program accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Unique characteristics Nonpublic high schools may also participate in dual credit opportunities.

High school students enrolled in dual-credit college courses and seeking NDUS college credit regardless of class location are permitted to use the college/university’s resources, i.e., computer labs, library, etc., as any part-time student would.

Regulations task the school approval and accreditation unit in the department of public instruction with providing technical assistance on dual credit.

Counselors at participating high schools must be informed annually of the current/tuition fee amounts charged by their service-area NDUS schools.

To be eligible for a North Dakota Academic Scholarship, a student must complete either one-half unit of a specified curriculum through a dual enrollment course, or one unit through an Advanced Placement course.
Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary. However, in order to be approved every public and nonpublic high school must make available at least one Advanced Placement or dual credit course.
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both. Other postsecondary institutions accredited by a recognized regional or national accrediting organization are also eligible to participate.
Student eligibility requirements
  • Student in grades 10-12
  • Written approval/recommendation. From district superintendent
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution
  • Other. Parent permission
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 Student/parent.  Student or parent also responsible for all fees, textbooks, materials, equipment, and other necessary charges related to the course in which the student has enrolled.
How state funds participating high schools Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes. According to North Dakota University System (NDUS) procedures, "The college course section taught in the high school must meet the content and academic standards of the NDUS course sections taught on campus. ... To ensure that college course standards are adhered to, the NDUS college/university course syllabus will be provided to the [high school] instructor and be used as the criteria and model for all such dual-credit college courses taught in the high school. In most cases, this will mean the use of the same (or equivalent) text materials and similar evaluation criteria to include institutional exams if need be." The postsecondary institution must monitor the course, including by "using the sponsoring college/university student evaluation document and procedure in order to solicit student feed-back."

See also the "Instructor Approval" portion of the North Dakota University System Procedures 402.3.2, Delivery of Dual-Credit College Courses.
Program reporting requirement No. However, each institution must maintain data on students attempting and earning articulation credits, by course and by student.
Program evaluation component Not set in state policy
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes. All dual-credit courses have equal transferability status within the North Dakota University System in accordance with the General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA) and other transfer agreements.

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