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3.04.003.001 - Dual Enrollment

Approved: 3/7/2013
Approved By: President's Staff
Category: 3 - ACADEMIC SERVICES
Section: 04 - INSTRUCTIONAL
Policy: 003 - Dual Enrollment

Purposes of College in High School

1.      College in High School courses are made available only to those who have mastered or nearly mastered the complete high school curriculum and who are capable of college-level coursework which, by definition is more advanced than the regular high school curriculum provides.

2.      Procedures contained herein apply to general education courses offered through CCBC.  These guidelines do not cover “Advanced Placement” courses, which is an alternative method for high school students to earn both high school and college credit.

Student Eligibility

1.      CCBC requires that students must meet the same accepted test score requirements as regularly enrolled CCBC students. 

2.      College in High School should be limited to junior and senior students in a high school.  Documented exceptions may be made for freshman or sophomore students at the written request of the high school principal or his or her designee to the College Director of Enrollment Management.  Such documentation demonstrating exceptional ability to undertake college-level coursework shall be retained in the student’s college file.

3.      The College may establish additional criteria for admission into courses.

Structure and Administration of College in High School Offerings

1.      College in High School sections must be comparable in academic content and expected outcomes, syllabus, textbook(s), teaching methodologies, and assessment strategies to the particular course offerings delivered elsewhere by CCBC.

2.      Courses must be approved for College in High School by CCBC’s Vice President of Learning and Student Success or his/her designee.  A list of approved courses will be constructed by the Vice President of Learning and Student Success or his/her designee and disseminated to the high schools every year by December 1 for the next academic school year.

3.      The Vice President of Student Success and Learning, or his/her designee is responsible for providing a copy of the master syllabus for the course to the instructor.

4.      Students enrolled in College in High School courses must be guaranteed convenient geographic and electronic access to student and academic support comparable to what is accorded an on-campus student, including access to library resources.  Students in College in High School courses also must have reasonable access to the course instructor outside regular classroom hours either in person, via telephone, or electronically.

5.      CCBC will cooperate with other institutions of higher education in providing College in High School courses within its catchment area.

6.      CCBC will create, revise on a yearly basis, and keep on record College in High School agreements with schools/districts where College in High School courses are being taught.

7.      Students are required to complete a CCBC application unless payment is being made through the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit.  If that is the case, students will be required to complete a BVIU Dual Enrollment Registration Form.

8.      High school counselors, or another designated person, are responsible for sending all applications, student forms, transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and final rosters to the CCBC Registrar no later than the third week of the CCBC semester.

9.      The Registrar registers all students and ensures that students receive a copy of their registration and that the instructor receives a copy of the roster.

10.   After the fourth week of the semester, the college will bill the student, or the BVIU.

11.   Structure of billing:

  • Classes taught by CCBC faculty will be billed at the current CCBC tuition rate.
  • The Board of Trustees will determine, on an annual basis, the College in High School tuition for classes taught by high school faculty.
  • Textbook purchase payment responsibility is determined by the high school.  In the case of a dually-enrolled student, the high school may or may not be paying for the textbooks.

12.   Within 1 week of the completion of the course, the high school must send a graded roster to the Registrar who enters grades into the CCBC system and ensures that students receive final grade reports.

Faculty Eligibility and Support

1.      College in High School courses may be taught by CCBC faculty or by high school instructors approved by the Vice President of Learning and Student Success.

2.      The Vice President of Learning and Student Success, or his/her designee, shall assure that any faculty member teaching in College in High School offerings meets all relevant CCBC requirements.  The Vice President will send a letter to the appropriate high school approving the faculty member.

3.      The Vice President of Learning and Student Success, or his or her designee, is responsible for obtaining credentials of College in High School instructors which must be kept on file in the Office of the Vice President of Learning and Student Success.

4.      The Vice President of Learning and Student Success, or his/her designee, must ensure standards of student evaluation and faculty evaluation in the College in High School course sections are comparable to those required of other sections of the same courses.

5.      Orientation and evaluation of instructors teaching College in High School course sections rests with the appropriate academic division.  The Vice President of Learning and Student Success, or his/her designee, shall assure consistency and comparability of both orientation and evaluation across the institution.  College in High School Faculty Orientation will be held prior to, or within the first two weeks, of the CCBC Fall term.

6.      College in High School instructors are invited to participate in the professional development activities of the College.

7.      For purposes of assuring comparability of College in High School offerings with other institutional offerings, Division Directors will provide instructors of College in High School course sections with support services.

Assessing Student Learning

1.      The same methods of assessment should characterize dual enrollment courses in relationship to on-campus and other offerings of the same level and subject matter to assure quality and comparability.

2.      The College faculty in the relevant department must approve both formative and summative assessment strategies and tools.

3.      The Vice President of Learning and Student Success, or his/her designee, is responsible for the review of student performance prior to the continuation of the course and the instructor in subsequent semesters.

Limitation on Credit Earned and Transferability of Credit

1.      College in High School offerings are meant to enrich the academic experience of high school students who have mastered or substantially mastered the secondary school content of the curriculum in certain subject areas.  The number of college-level courses completed in these dual enrollment offerings will vary according to the student’s ability and work ethic.

2.      Credit earned by satisfactory completion of College in High School courses will transfer to other public institutions in Pennsylvania provided that:

  • For general education coursework, College in High School courses have been selected for the inclusion in list of approved courses for transfer.
  • The student enrolls at CCBC after high school which allows for such a course to be counted toward an associate degree or certificate.

3.      Prior to course registration, CCBC shall advise students in writing that it is the student’s responsibility to contact and receive written assurance from any public or private institution within and outside of Pennsylvania of that institution’s willingness to accept a College in High School course toward degree requirements. 

Demonstration of Compliance Reporting

1.      CCBC shall develop an annual report on College in High School offerings that demonstrates compliance with these procedural guidelines for each College in High School course offered to high school students.

  • This annual report shall be submitted by the Vice President of Learning and Student Success in collaboration with the Vice President of Finance and Operations to the President of CCBC by September of each year for the prior academic year.