A Dual Credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student earns both college and high school credit concurrently. Such courses may be offered on the high school campus and taught by a high school or college instructor, or they may be offered on the college campus by a college instructor. Dual Credit is successful because the program offers something for everyone involved. Dual Credit enables students to make substantial progress toward college degrees before they finish high school. Students who begin taking courses in their junior year can earn thirty or more college credits by the time they graduate from high school if they also take summer classes at the college. College-bound students can earn sophomore status even before they set foot on campus.
High school students, usually at the junior and senior level, can earn college credit in their usual advanced-level high school courses if two basic conditions are met: (1) the subject matter of the course is based on and incorporates the syllabus of the CSI course for which credit is sought, and (2) the high school instructor possesses academic credentials and experience sufficient to be appointed as an adjunct faculty member of the sponsoring CSI academic department to teach the course at the collegiate level. In short, a Dual Credit course must reflect the academic rigor of a college-level course and be taught by a fully qualified instructor.
Dual Credit courses also help high school students make the transition from high school to college. For one thing, students can learn what college professors expect in Dual Credit courses while still in their familiar high school surroundings. When a student matriculates into a college system, they will have already acquired the confidence to succeed academically. Then too, Dual Credit courses enable high schools to offer students more options than are available in a regular high school curriculum.