Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - South 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 Dual Enrollment
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 No
CTE component Yes. Technical education courses may be taken under dual enrollment agreements.
Unique characteristics Dual enrollment students must be guaranteed convenient geographic and electronic access to student and academic support comparable to what is accorded on-campus students, including access to library resources. Students must also have reasonable access to the course instructor outside regular classroom hours either in person, via phone, or electronically.

Institutions must cooperate with each other in offering dual enrollment courses in a particular geographic area.
Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both
Student eligibility requirements
  • Student in grades 11-12
  • Minimum GPA. Only for course sections in four-year institutions and two-year regional campuses of the University of South Carolina.
  • Written approval/recommendation. High school principal or designee
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. Only for technical colleges.
  • Not specified. An individual college or university may establish additional criteria for admission.
Cap on number of credits students may earn Not set in state policy. "The number of college-level courses completed in these dual enrollment offerings will vary according to the student's ability and work ethic."
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 Local decision. Student/parent, unless otherwise specified in local school district policy.
How state funds participating high schools Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes. Courses must be equivalent in content and rigor to the equivalent college courses offered to college students and taught by appropriately credentialed faculty. Courses must also be comparable in expected outcomes, syllabus, textbook(s), teaching methodologies, and assessment strategies to the traditional postsecondary course. Courses must be approved by the institution’s chief academic officer or designee.

The chief academic officer or designee is also responsible for selecting and evaluating all dual enrollment faculty, using Southern Association of Colleges and Schools criteria as minimal requirements, and ensuring standards of student evaluation and faculty evaluation are comparable to those required of other sections of the same courses.Orientation and evaluation of instructors teaching dual enrollment course sections rests with the appropriate academic department of the respective institution of higher education. The chief academic officer or designee must assure consistency and comparability of both orientation and evaluation across the institution. To assure comparability, academic departments must provide instructors with support services, including a designated on-campus faculty liaison.

Dual enrollment instructors must participate in the institution’s expected, relevant professional development and evaluation activities. Traditionally-delivered (non-online) dual enrollment offered in high schools should only be offered within reasonable commuting distance of the institution to facilitate on-site evaluation and supervision.

Dual enrollment courses should use the same assessment methods as traditional course offering. The college faculty in the relevant department must approve formative and summative assessment strategies and tools.
Program reporting requirement Yes. Each institution must develop an annual report on dual enrollment offerings that demonstrates compliance with policy and procedures, to be submitted to the Division of Academic Affairs and Licensing of the Commission on Higher Education. Each technical college must send its annual report to the State Technical College System office, which must assemble a summary report for the technical college system and transmit it and the 16 institutional reports to the CHE. The commission on higher education must in turn publish an annual report on dual enrollment offerings in the prior year by public postsecondary institutions.
Program evaluation component Yes. The chief academic officer of the institution of higher education offering the course is responsible for the review of student performance prior to the continuation of the course and the instructor in subsequent semesters.
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes, provided a general education course is on the list of universally transferable courses maintained by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. For technical education courses, dual enrollment credit must transfer to other public institutions if the student enrolls in a technical college after high school which allows for such a course to be counted toward an associate degree, diploma, or certificate.

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