Dual Credit : What Is It? Why Do I Want It? How Can I Get It?
Allows eligible students to earn college credit for certain high school courses in which they are enrolled. High school courses that adhere to college-level standards. Taught at Canyon Lake HS during the same time that the high school course is scheduled. Classes are full year courses*. A student may earn up to 6 college credits a year in 2 free DC classes a semester as a Jr. or Sr. and 1 as a Sophomore. (potential of 28 – 30 credit hours by graduation.) * Exception is the POFT/Math 1314 courses which are offered in the Spring
Increases the likelihood that a student will complete high school, and enroll in and persist in college. Contributes to the goals of Closing the Gaps through greater participation and increased academic success. New graduates enter the workforce sooner and begin to earn wages, benefiting themselves and the economy. Decreases cost of tuition and fees for students by accelerating time to degree.
Junior (2) College (Alamo Colleges) Private University (Baylor) $16,855.00 12 credits (per semester ) State University (Texas State) $2,132.00 12 credits (per semester) Books and Supplies $800.00 Fees $80 Books and Supplies $685 Fees $1,799 Books and Supplies $800.00 Fees $1,441.00 12 Credits (per semester) In- District $415 Out of District $1,008 $1,295.00 In $1,888.00 Out $19,339.00 $4373.00
Taking the DC classes at Canyon Lake means that once you get to the college, you have already earned the credit. Challenging course work prepares you for the rigor of college work! Looks great on transcript when applying to college. (If you made good grades!) Advanced Measures towards Distinguished Plan Texas Grant eligibility (MORE FREE MONEY!)
St. Philip’s College: You will earn credit as long as you maintain a C in the class each semester. You will be dropped if you earn a D for the semester. Canyon Distinguished Plan: You must maintain a B average each semester to earn one advanced measure per semester. One *DC class will get you two advanced measures (1 per semester) ! *Exception of Math1314 -receive one measure =3 credits
The school district and St. Philip’s covers the cost for juniors and seniors who qualify to take 2 dual credit courses a year. Sophomores who qualify can take 1 dual credit course.
What classes currently earn Dual Credit at CLHS? 1. ITSW 1301- BIMM 2. SPAN 1411- SPAN III 3. SPAN 2311- SPAN IV
Universities’ Acceptance of Dual Credit Courses It must be noted that each college or university reserves the right to: 1)accept college credits for transfer credit from another college or university and 2)apply them appropriately to a student’s transcript. Students are responsible for checking course compatibility when comparing DC courses from St. Philip’s to other colleges/universities in Texas: www.tccns.org www.tccns.org
DROP after withdrawal Deadline If a student withdraws from a dual credit course after the published deadline, a “W” will be placed on their college transcript. FAILURE – D or F earned in Dual Credit Class Students who complete the college-level course but earn a D or an F will not be allowed to enroll in another dual credit course while in high school. All students who are performing poorly in the dual credit course may be dropped from the college-level course within the first week or two of the semester by the published deadline to avoid future problems related to : admissions financial aid, and scholarships at institutions
Excess semester credit hours attempted by a resident student are not funded by the State of Texas. State law defines excess semester hours as those hours which accrue after the student “exceeds by at least 30 hours the number of semester credit hours required for the completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled.” This includes courses attempted at other Texas public institutions. As permitted by State law, many colleges/universities will recover the lost State revenue by charging higher tuition to students exceeding the semester credit hour limit. Dual Credit classed are exempt from this statute. Beginning in fall 2009, semester credit hours earned by a student before graduating from high school and used to satisfy high school graduation requirements (hours earned in classes taken for dual credit) are exempted from the calculation of excess hours (Texas Education Code §61.0595 ; Texas Administrative Code §§13.102 - 13.104).
Texas Education Code §51.907 places limitations on the number of course drops that are allowed for students in public institutions of higher education. However, neither this law nor Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules specifically address dual credit students. The Texas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO ) developed a guide to assist institutions of higher education in implementing the so-called “6-drop Rule,” which recommends that courses taken by students while enrolled in high school – whether for dual credit or for college credit alone – not be included in the course drop limit. For more information on this recommendation, review this document on the TACRAO website: http://www.tacrao.org/documents/SixDropImplementation_10-20-08.pdf
A successfully completed dual credit course earns the student college credit which may be applied toward an associate degree and/or may transfer to other colleges and universities as a required class or an elective. (All are required and all cost the same amount!)
PSAT college readiness scores in Math, Critical Reading ◦ 50+ Eng/Reading exemption ◦ 50+ Math exemption ◦ Reading + Math = 107 exempt in all 3 areas (Reading/Eng/Math) TSI assessment scores that demonstrate college readiness in the required areas of math, reading/eng, and/or writing. Previously/Successfully demonstrated college readiness standards. Example. Returning Dual Credit who has completed the prerequisite course or standard. (Eng1301/1302, Span1411/1412, Biol2401/2402, Math 1314, ITSW1301/2335, ITSC 1301/1304 ) Sign me up!!! Students must demonstrate College Readiness in one of these ways:
New DC Students: 1. Sign up for ApplyTexas Session 2. Complete Application Form 3. Apply Texas www.applytexas.orgwww.applytexas.org 4. AlamoENROLL- GOFAAAR – Test Prep Module 5. TSI Testing (if not exempt through other test scores) Returning DC Students : 1. Complete and turn in “Returning Student” packet
Students can complete the Apply Texas application at home or at school. Assistance in the College and Career Center if needed. FOLLOW STEP BY STEP instructions Carefully.
Timeline 20 December – Sign up to attend an ApplyTexas sessoin (offered in January during school hours) 20 December – Sign up to attend an ApplyTexas sessoin (offered in January during school hours) 10 January – Completed application due to Dr. Hartman (can turn into Counselors office) 10 January – Completed application due to Dr. Hartman (can turn into Counselors office) 10-15 January – Attend an ApplyTexas session to obtain a “Banner ID” 10-15 January – Attend an ApplyTexas session to obtain a “Banner ID” 20 January-15 February – Attend a GoFAAR and TestPrep session (offered during and after school –evenings and Saturday sessions available) 20 January-15 February – Attend a GoFAAR and TestPrep session (offered during and after school –evenings and Saturday sessions available) 18 February-7 March –Take the TSI test (this is if you do not qualify through other testing) 18 February-7 March –Take the TSI test (this is if you do not qualify through other testing)
Attend a Mandatory Dual Credit Informational Meeting Sign up for an ApplyTexas Session Return Forms to Dr. Hartman by December 20 th, 2013. Fill out the Dual Credit Forms Complete an Apply Texas Application to St. Philips for Fall 2014 Complete the AlamoEnroll – GoFAAAR Pre-Assessment Module. (Returning Students use same ACES acct.) Print Pre-Assessment Module Completion Certificate and return it to Dr. Hartman. Take TSI Assessment (unless exempt) (Testing: Feb. 18 th - Mar. 7 th )
SPAN1411 ITSW 1301 ITSC 1301 PSAT Math 50 OR Critical Reading -50 TSI Assessments SCORE College Level Required
Canyon Lake delivers official high school transcripts to St. Philips the second week in June. The student requests a final transcript from St. Philip’s College to be sent to the University of their choice after he/she graduates from Canyon Lake. Start requesting the 4 th week of June.
Attention Parents and Students Comal Independent School District is authorized to provide dual credit courses for eligible high school students on the basis of an articulated agreement between CISD and Alamo Colleges/St. Philip’s College. This agreement requires that participating dual credit students abide by a set of policies, procedures, and timelines put in place by Alamo Colleges/St. Philip’s College. Because Comal ISD has no jurisdiction or control over SPC policies, procedures, and timelines, when an issue arises, our ability to advocate on a student’s behalf is often limited. In addition, SPC prefers to resolve issues by working directly with the student involved. Therefore, while CISD is eager to assist students whenever possible, we have found that the most effective student advocate is often the student, himself.
DUAL CREDIT AP (Advanced Placement) AP courses offered in high school Prepare students for college-level work, AND Give students who earn qualifying scores on the AP Exam (score a 3-5 to get credit in most cases NOT ALL! ) college credit and advanced placement in some 4-year universities. You MUST take the AP Exam for a chance at college credit! There is a fee. While in high school you can earn both high school and college credits by selecting dual credit courses. They’re free! Counted towards your college degree if you earn 80% or higher. Remember, each class you take in college costs money, so any dual credit courses you take in high school will save you money in college.