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SUBJECT: 400s: Academic affairs EFFECTIVE: September 2, 2009
Section: 402.3.2 Delivery of Dual-Credit College Courses

Preface: Dual-credit college courses which can receive both high school and college credit are authorized according to the provisions of North Dakota Century Code chapter 15.1-25.

    1. Eligibility:
      Any high school student enrolled in grades ten, eleven or twelve who has received permission from the school administration is eligible for enrollment in a NDUS dual-credit course. However, high school counselors and teachers should advise students regarding their academic readiness to participate in dual-credit courses, and only those students who are academically ready should enroll in a dual-credit course.

    2. Permission:
      1. Before enrolling in a dual-credit college course, high school students must obtain permission from the school district superintendent and the superintendent's signature on the North Dakota University System Dual Credit Application form in Part II-Course Information. The host NDUS campus also gives permission for the student to enroll in a dual-credit course; permission is granted or denied after review of the student application for dual-credit and any other campus admissions documents requested by the host institution. Campuses may publish guidelines which describe criteria for student eligibility.

      2. The superintendent shall determine the corresponding high school course and number of high school credits the student will be eligible to receive credit for by taking the dual-credit college course and indicate this number in Part II of the application form.

    3. Enrollment Application:

      Students wishing to take a college-level dual-credit course, documented through an official NDUS college grade transcript, shall complete the North Dakota University System Dual Credit Enrollment Application form and send it directly to the NDUS college or university offering the course; generally directed to the Admissions or Records Office.

      1. The application form contains a student information section which must be completed and signed by the student and the student's parent/guardian.

      2. According to the North Dakota Century Code regarding dual-credit courses, high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to receive high school and post secondary credit for the successful completion of an academic course offered by any postsecondary institution in a program accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States department of education.
        1. There is no statutory limit to the number of courses or credits received by students through the dual-credit delivery mode.

        2. Individual campuses may place restrictions on the number of courses and credits which a student may receive via dual-credit during any given academic term or time period.

      3. If the college semester course is taught at the high school for the entire academic year, registration for the course will occur at the beginning of the fall semester.

      4. The grade for students enrolled in dual-credit college courses which are taught in a high school format that extends beyond the sixteen-week college semester will be left blank or have an I recorded at the end of the fall semester denoting "work in progress", the final course grade being submitted when the course is finished per standard NDUS reporting procedure.

      5. Enrollment applications for dual credit must be submitted to the NDUS college/university offering the course within the first ten days of the beginning of the semester in which the dual credit course is offered. The NDUS Common Calendar should be used to reference semester starting dates.

    4. Tuition/Fee Payment:
      1. Dual-credit students shall pay the university/college application fee the first time they apply to take a dual enrollment course at each campus.

      2. Unless an institution waives all or part of the tuition for dual credit courses, dual-credit students shall pay the current tuition rate per credit hour along with applicable fees similar to those charged by the host institution to other students.
        1. Future tuition/fee amounts may change for each specific NDUS institution per legislative and State Board of Higher Education actions. Counselors at participating high schools will be informed annually of the current/tuition fee amounts charged by their service-area NDUS schools.

      3. Tuition/fee payment must be made at the time of application with a check payable to the NDUS institution and should be attached to the application/enrollment form returned to the institution.

      4. Refund of tuition because of withdrawal from the course will be pro-rated according to the system policy of the NDUS institution offering the dual-credit course.

      5. Dual-credit students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    1. Generally, dual-credit courses will be offered at participating high schools within the host institution's primary geographic service region or in the case of UND and NDSU that have state-wide missions, in those counties immediately adjacent to the host institution.

    2. Course Section Approval:
      The course section is approved for dual-credit by 1) the NDUS institution offering the course, and 2) the high school Principal and district Superintendent.
      1. The college course section taught in the high school must meet the content and academic standards of the NDUS course sections taught on campus. The dual-credit course taught in the high school is a college course which offers high school credit and not a high school course which receives college credit.

        1. In most cases, the course sections offered at a high school for dual-credit will be freshman/sophomore survey courses used for general education requirements that are being offered throughout the NDUS with common course numbers and in many cases, common course content.

        2. To ensure that college course standards are adhered to, the NDUS college/ university course syllabus will be provided to the instructor and be used as the criteria and model for all such dual-credit college courses taught in the high school.

          In most cases, this will mean the use of the same (or equivalent) text materials and similar evaluation criteria to include institutional exams if need be.

        3. The teaching of the course in the high school will be monitored by the NDUS institution offering the dual-credit . The monitoring of the dual-credit course will include using the sponsoring college/university student evaluation document and procedure in order to solicit student feed-back.

        4. The dual-credit course must meet the minimum number of clock-hours required for granting college credit in accordance with Carnegie standards. In most cases, high school periods meeting for 50 minutes, five days per week during a 16 week semester will exceed these requirements.

      2. All students enrolled in a course that is available as a dual-credit college course taught within a high school will be expected to meet the academic requirements of the course irrespective of whether the student enrolls for college credit or not.

      3. Once approved for dual-credit at a high school, the college/university course (section) will be entered into the appropriate semester schedule and be assigned a course and section call number by the registrar's office thus being handled in the same manner as all other college course sections offered by the sponsoring NDUS school.

      4. The syllabus for the high school dual-credit course will be submitted to the appropriate office of the NDUS sponsoring institution and forwarded to academic departments where the syllabus will be kept on file.

      5. In accordance with state statutes governing dual-credit, high school students enrolled in a three-semester hour college course will be eligible to receive one-half (2) high school credit for a full semester course. The student's district superintendent will make the determination for the dual-high school credit to be awarded the student.

      6. Dual-credit courses taught in high schools will carry the same college credit as the similar course taught on the campus of the NDUS sponsoring institution and will not have a special designation on the transcript as a dual-credit course.

      7. All dual-credit courses will have equal transferability status within the NDUS in accordance with the General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA) and other transfer agreements.

    3. Instructor Approval:
      As is the case with all adjunct instructors, the instructor offering the course must be approved by the academic administrators using the same criteria and procedure that they would employ on campus. Approved high school instructors teaching dual-credit courses within the high school are considered to be adjunct instructors of the sponsoring NDUS college or university.
      1. If the adjunct instructor is a high school teacher, the district Superintendent must first give written approval for their instructor to teach on behalf of NDUS sponsoring school.

      2. Preference for teachers holding an MA degree in the content area will be only one criterion considered in the employment of adjunct instructors to teach dual-credit college courses.

      3. Unless otherwise arranged, the sponsoring NDUS institution will directly pay the instructor teaching a dual-credit course in the high school for instructional services rendered to that institution in accordance with the host institution procedures and rate of payment. Payment for teaching a dual-credit course may be made through the school district or high school (upon the request of both the instructor and the school district).

      4. Instructors (including a person already teaching in high school or college) who teach dual-credit college courses for an NDUS sponsoring institution must follow the standard procedure regarding the employment of adjunct instructors by that institution including filing required documents, e.g., official transcripts, employment forms, etc..

      5. Instructors (including a person already teaching in high school or college) who teach dual-credit college courses must keep appropriate records and submit grade reports to the appropriate office at the sponsoring institution by the end of the semester.

    This model will have a full-time NDUS faculty member teach a college course section directly in the high school for which dual-credit (both high school and college) could be received. This course could be delivered by the college professor directly within the high school, or via interactive television if there is a link to the high school.
    1. Certification:
      1. In accordance with the provisions of the North Dakota Century Code, dual-credit courses are considered as post-secondary courses and are exempt from any statutory or regulatory provisions otherwise applicable to high school courses and to the persons by whom high school courses are taught. Therefore, college faculty may teach college courses in a high school for which high school credit is granted (per the district superintendent's approval) without having state secondary certification.

    1. Resource Use:
      1. High school students enrolled in dual-credit college courses and seeking NDUS college credit regardless of class location will be permitted to use the resources of the sponsoring college/university, i.e., computer labs, library, etc., as any part-time student would.

    2. Identification Card:
      1. A temporary identification card for the semester of enrollment will be issued to dual-credit students by the host institution upon completion of the application and course enrollment procedures that designates their status. This temporary identification card for dual-credit students does not allow access to benefits and events funded through special NDUS student fees.


    For further information regarding dual-credit opportunities within the North Dakota University System, the following can be contacted:

    The local high school counselor or principal.

    The Registrar, Academic Affairs, or Admissions office of the nearest NDUS institution offering dual-credit opportunities.

    The Department of Public Instruction
    600 E. Boulevard
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
    Phone: 701 328-2267

    Board for Vocational and Technical Education
    600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 270
    Bismarck, ND 58505?0610
    Phone: 701 328-3159

    Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
    North Dakota University System
    600 E. Boulevard, 10th Floor
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0230
    Phone: 701 328-2965

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