DUAL CREDIT COURSES AND ARTICULATED PROGRAMS

Oregon Administrative Rule 589-007-0200 defines Dual Credit as the awarding of secondary and postsecondary credit for a course offered in a high school during regular school hours, as determined by local school board and community college board policy.

Before developing programs with high schools, each college shall file with the Department a policy for governing Two Plus Two and Dual Credit programs. Policies must include the following:

(a) Institutional standards for instructor qualifications (standards for teachers of lower division collegiate courses must include a master’s degree in a subject area closely related to that in which the instructor will be teaching; however, in subject areas in which individuals have demonstrated their competencies and served in professional fields, and in cases in which documentation to support the individual's proficiency and high level of competency can be assembled, the master’s degree requirement may be waived by the college president or substituted according to the community college’s personnel policy);

(b) Methods for selecting student participants, including limiting classes to seniors and qualified juniors, and in exceptional cases other qualified students. Qualifications must be defined;

(c) Assurances that classes will be transcripted by the community college;

(d) Assurances that materials and subject matter are community college level.

On or before October 1 of each year, community colleges shall submit an annual evaluation of the previous school year's Two Plus Two and Dual Credit programs, including but not limited to descriptions of:

(a) Programs and courses offered;

(b) Student outcomes;

(c) Instructors' qualifications; and

(d) Program costs.

Participating school districts and post-secondary institutions shall develop written agreements based on the policies described in this rule regarding Two Plus Two and Dual Credit programs, which include:

(a) Criteria regarding approval of courses, selection and approval of instructors, admissions, procedures, counseling, monitoring, and evaluation; and

(b) The provision that all agreements and policies shall be available to all staff members involved in the programs and to parents and students.

Participating school districts and postsecondary institutions shall, in consultation with appropriate staff members, determine that course content and instructional quality are consistent with that offered by the community colleges.

The Commissioner shall require an accounting of FTE consistent with these rules.

Oregon Revised Statute 341.450 provides further law on Accelerated College Credit programs:

Every community college district shall encourage high school students to start early on a college education by:

(1) Implementing a dual credit program, a two-plus-two program or another accelerated college credit program and making at least one such program available to each interested school district that is within the boundaries of the community college district.

(2) Collaborating with interested school districts that are within the boundaries of the community college district to facilitate the delivery of a dual credit program, a two-plus-two program or other accelerated college credit program. [1997 c.521 §2; 2011 c.639 §5; 2013 c.761 §§5,6]

Standards

Oregon Revised Statute 340.310 outlines statewide standards for dual credit programs:

(1) The Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall develop statewide standards for dual credit programs to be implemented by public high schools, community colleges and public universities listed in ORS 352.002. The standards must establish the manner by which:

(a) A student in any grade from 9 through 12 may, upon completion of a course, earn course credit both for high school and for a community college or public university; and

(b) Teachers of courses that are part of a dual credit program will work together to determine the quality of the program and to ensure the alignment of the content, objectives and outcomes of individual courses.

(2) Each public high school, community college and public university that provides a dual credit program must implement the statewide standards developed under subsection (1) of this section.

(3) Each school district, community college and public university that provides a dual credit program shall submit an annual report to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission on the academic performance of students enrolled in a dual credit program. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall establish the required contents of the report, which must provide sufficient information to allow the commission to determine the quality of the dual credit program. [2011 c.639 §2; 2012 c.104 §10; 2013 c.768 §134; 2014 c,23 § 1]

In 2014 the Higher Education Coordinating Commision adopted revised statewide standards for Oregon Dual Credit Programs.

Further information about the Oregon's Dual Credit programs and the Dual Credit Program Approval process led by the Dual Credit Oversight Committee is available on the Department of Education Dual Credit webpage.