The purpose of this policy is to allow eligible high school students to enroll in college classes concurrently with high school classes, either on the college campus or at the high school, and to receive both high school and college credit.
Institutions within The Alabama College System are authorized to establish dual enrollment/dual credit programs with local boards of education in the college service area. Courses offered by postsecondary institutions shall be of postsecondary level and enrolled students must pay normal tuition as required by the postsecondary institution, or as stipulated in a contract for services between the two levels.
The goals of this policy are to: (a) provide greater flexibility for students in meeting rigorous educational and career objectives; (b) enable students who attend high schools which have limited curriculum offerings and/or are geographically isolated, to experience equal learning opportunities; (c) address the need for effective articulation which incorporates dynamic labor market demands; (d) maximize economies of scales and assure the efficient allocation of resources; and (e) promote the life span opportunities for all residents of Alabama.
- The student must be in grade 10, 11, or 12 or have an exception granted by the participating postsecondary institution upon the recommendation of the student’s principal and superintendent and in accordance with Alabama Administrative Code 290-8-9.17 regarding gifted and talented students.
- The student must have a “B” average, as defined by local board of education policy, in completed standard, regulation high school courses normally leading to the high school diploma as it existed April 24, 1997.
- The student must have written approval of the appropriate principal and the local superintendent of education. Student access to Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment is dependent upon both academic readiness and social maturity. Approval from the principal and superintendent indicates that the student has demonstrated both. Unless the student can demonstrate the ability to benefit from college level instruction, special education students are not eligible for enrollment under this policy.
- The student must meet the entrance requirements established by Reid State Technical College.
- Students who are enrolled in grades 10, 11, or 12 may be deemed eligible to participate in dual credit/dual enrollment in occupational/technical courses pending demonstrated ability to benefit as documented by successful completion and placement by ASSET, WorkKeys, CPAT, or other assessments approved by the Department of Postsecondary Education. Students enrolled under the ability-to-benefit provision must have a “B” (3.0 grade point average) in high school courses directly related to the occupational/technical studies (if applicable) which the student intends to pursue at the postsecondary level and an overall 2.5 grade point average in high school course work. Exceptions may be made on an individual student basis after assessment and with the mutual consent of both the School Board and the College.
Students enrolled in courses offered during the normal high school day on or off the high school campus shall have prior permission of the students’ principal, superintendent, and the participating postsecondary institution president.
- Parental permission and travel for courses offered off the high school campus during the normal school day will be administered under the auspices of local boards of education;
- Ten quarter/six semester credit hours at the postsecondary level shall equal one credit at the high school level in the same or related subject. Partial credit agreements shall be developed between the participating postsecondary institution and the local board of education.
Courses offered shall be drawn from the respective College’s existing academic inventory of courses offered for credit. Courses numbered below 100 are not eligible for dual enrollment/dual credit. Students may not audit courses under the terms of this policy (Policy 801.03). Eligible high school students are permitted to enroll in College courses conducted during school hours, after school hours, and during summer terms. The College reserves the right to cancel course offerings when courses do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
Payment of the current rate of tuition and fees per credit hour, textbooks and materials will be the responsibility of the student unless otherwise negotiated between the college and the local board of education. Full payment of tuition must be completed by the first day of class. School Boards will be notified of any unpaid tuition and fees prior to the start of classes.
Students are responsible for knowing policies relative to dual enrollment/dual credit of colleges/universities to which they plan to transfer credit. The College reserves the right to refuse readmission to any student who is found to be in violation of college policies (academic standards of progress, Student Code of Conduct, etc.).
Students Not Attending Public School
- This policy and these guidelines are also intended to apply to students who are not attending public school, but who are enrolled in private school or church school pursuant to § 16-28-1 of the Code of Alabama, or who are receiving instruction from a private tutor pursuant to § 16-28-5 of the Code of Alabama.
- Student eligibility should be certified by the appropriate official at the private school or church school or by the private tutor.