Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Rhode Island

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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 Enrollment
Where courses provided
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Both
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program No

CTE component Yes. High school career and technical education programs must use combinations of traditional and career-and-technical education courses, as well as project-based and work-based experiences and/or dual enrollment to provide experiences needed to move students through high school to completion and success in postsecondary education and careers. In addition, career and technical schools are subject to the requirements of the statewide dual enrollment policy.
Unique characteristics Legislation directs the department of elementary and secondary education to develop targeted dropout prevention interventions "or identify appropriate existing methods for school districts" in which the dropout rate, as calculated by the department, exceeds 15%. These interventions may include "[a]lternative programs designed to reengage dropouts including dual enrollment courses at the community college level" and offering full course fee waivers for free- and reduced-lunch students enrolled in dual credit courses.

Each student must have an individual learning plan (ILP) developed no later than the 6th grade to help students identify and meet their academic, career, and personal/social goals. The ILP must document the student's college and career interests and learning supports, as well as additional educational opportunities, such as dual enrollment.
Offering mandatory or voluntary Not specified. However, each LEA must offer pathways that include Advanced Placement (AP) courses, career and technical programs, dual enrollment, and opportunities for extended applied learning (e.g., internships, job shadowing, and community service learning). 
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both
Student eligibility requirements
  • Not specified
Cap on number of credits students may earn No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student.
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities No, for on-campus dual enrollment courses. However, information on quality providers of online dual enrollment courses must be coordinated between RIDE and higher education to ensure that families and students are aware of acceptable course work that meets both graduation requirements and higher education acceptance and dual enrollment credit recognition.
Counseling/advising is made available to students Not set in state policy

Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Not set in state policy
How state funds participating high schools Not defined
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Not defined
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Not applicable--courses offered only at postsecondary institutions. Instructors of online dual enrollment courses must be appropriately qualified from an accredited postsecondary institution.
Program reporting requirement Yes. School districts must annually report to the department of elementary and secondary education the number of students, the number of credits enrolled in at postsecondary institutions, the name of the institution, and the dollar amount the district is allocated for this program. Beginning in 2016, the department must annually provide a report to the governor and house and senate leaders that contains the above information by district and in the aggregate.
Program evaluation component Not set in state policy
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Unclear

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