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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 4RULES APPLYING TO ALL PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN TEXAS
SUBCHAPTER DDUAL CREDIT PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TEXAS PUBLIC COLLEGES
RULE §4.85Dual Credit Requirements

(a) Eligible Courses.

  (1) Courses offered for dual credit by public two-year associate degree granting institutions must be identified as college-level academic courses in the current edition of the Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual adopted by the Board or as college-level workforce education courses in the current edition of the Workforce Education Course Manual adopted by the Board.

  (2) Courses offered for dual credit by public universities must be in the approved undergraduate course inventory of the university.

  (3) Public colleges may not offer remedial and developmental courses for dual credit.

(b) Student Eligibility.

  (1) A high school student is eligible to enroll in dual credit courses in the eleventh and/or twelfth grade if the student:

    (A) demonstrates college readiness by achieving the minimum passing standards under the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative as set forth in §4.57 of this title (relating to College Ready and Adult Basic Education (ABE) Standards) on relevant section(s) of an assessment instrument approved by the Board as set forth in §4.56 of this title (relating to Assessment Instrument); or

    (B) demonstrates that he or she is exempt under the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative as set forth §4.54 of this title (relating to Exemptions, Exceptions, and Waivers).

  (2) An eleventh grade high school student is also eligible to enroll in dual credit courses that are TSI liable in reading, writing, and/or mathematics under the following conditions:

    (A) Courses that require reading/writing TSI complete:

      (i) if the student achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), on the English II State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness End of Course (STAAR EOC); or

      (ii) if the student achieves a combined score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with a minimum of 50 on the reading test; or

      (iii) if the student achieves a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in English or an equivalent score on the ACT-Aspire as determined by ACT.

    (B) Courses that require mathematics TSI complete:

      (i) if the student achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra I STAAR EOC and passing grade in the Algebra II course; or

      (ii) if the student achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra II STAAR EOC; or

      (iii) if the student achieves a combined score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with a minimum of 50 on the mathematics test; or

      (iv) if the student achieves a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in mathematics or an equivalent score on the ACT-Aspire as determined by ACT.

    (C) An eligible high school student who enrolls in a dual credit course requiring TSI completion in reading, writing, or mathematics during their junior year under the STAAR EOC provisions shall not be required to demonstrate further evidence of eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the twelfth grade.

    (D) An eligible high school student who enrolls in a dual credit course requiring TSI completion in reading, writing, or mathematics during their junior year under the PSAT/NMSQT, PLAN, or Aspire provisions and earns a grade of C or better has demonstrated eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the twelfth grade.

    (E) An eligible high school student who enrolls in a dual credit course requiring TSI completion in reading, writing, or mathematics during their junior year under the PSAT/NMSQT, PLAN, or Aspire provisions and does not earn a grade of C or better must demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the twelfth grade.

  (3) A high school student is eligible to enroll in workforce education dual credit courses contained in a Level 1 certificate program, or a program leading to a credential of less than a Level 1 certificate, at a public junior college or public technical institute in the eleventh and/or twelfth grade and shall not be required to provide any additional demonstration of college readiness.

  (4) A high school student is eligible to enroll in workforce education dual credit courses contained in a Level 2 certificate or applied associate degree program in the eleventh and/or twelfth grade under the following conditions:

    (A) Courses that require reading/writing TSI complete:

      (i) if the student achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the English II STAAR EOC; or

      (ii) if the student achieves a combined score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with a minimum of 50 on the reading test; or

      (iii) if the student achieves a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in English or an equivalent score on the ACT-Aspire as determined by ACT.

    (B) Courses that require mathematics TSI complete:

      (i) if the student achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra I STAAR EOC and passing grade in the Algebra II course; or

      (ii) if the student achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra II STAAR EOC; or

      (iii) if the student achieves a combined score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with a minimum of 50 on the mathematics test; or

      (iv) if the student achieves a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in mathematics or an equivalent score on the ACT-Aspire as determined by ACT.

    (C) An eligible high school student who enrolls in workforce education dual credit courses contained in a Level 2 certificate or applied associate degree program during their junior year under the STAAR EOC provisions shall not be required to demonstrate further evidence of eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the twelfth grade.

    (D) An eligible high school student who enrolls in workforce education dual credit courses contained in a Level 2 certificate or applied associate degree program during their junior year under the PSAT/NMSQT, PLAN, or Aspire provisions and earns a grade of C or better has demonstrated eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the twelfth grade.

    (E) An eligible high school student who enrolls in workforce education dual credit courses contained in a Level 2 certificate or applied associate degree program during their junior year under the PSAT/NMSQT, PLAN, or Aspire provisions and does not earn a grade of C or better must demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the twelfth grade.

    (F) A student who is exempt from taking TAKS or STAAR EOC assessments may be otherwise evaluated by an institution to determine eligibility for enrolling in workforce education dual credit courses.

  (5) Students who are enrolled in private or non-accredited secondary schools or who are home-schooled must satisfy paragraphs (1) - (4) of this subsection.

  (6) To be eligible for enrollment in a dual credit course offered by a public college, students must meet all the college's regular prerequisite requirements designated for that course (e.g., minimum score on a specified placement test, minimum grade in a specified previous course, etc.).

  (7) To be eligible for enrollment in a dual credit course offered by a public college, students must have at least junior year high school standing. Exceptions to this requirement for students with demonstrated outstanding academic performance and capability (as evidenced by achieving TSI college readiness standards on SAT, ACT, or TSI Assessment) may be approved by the principal of the high school and the chief academic officer of the college. Students with less than junior year high school standing must demonstrate eligibility as outlined under paragraph (1) of this subsection.

  (8) High school students shall not be enrolled in more than two dual credit courses per semester. Exceptions to this requirement for students with demonstrated outstanding academic performance and capability (as evidenced by grade-point average, ACT or SAT scores, or other assessment indicators) may be approved by the principal of the high school and the chief academic officer of the college to a maximum of 15 semester credit hours.

    (A) Institutions of higher education must have established, written policies in place prior to approving a student to enroll in more than two dual credit courses per semester.

    (B) A student enrolling in more than two dual credit courses in a semester must pass all courses during that semester with a grade of C or better to continue to enroll in more than two dual credit courses in following semesters.

    (C) This provision does not apply to students enrolled in approved early college high school programs.

  (9) An institution may impose additional requirements for enrollment in courses for dual credit that do not conflict with this section.

  (10) An institution is not required, under the provisions of this section, to offer dual credit courses for high school students.

(c) Location of Class. Dual credit courses may be taught on the college campus or on the high school campus. For dual credit courses taught exclusively to high school students on the high school campus and for dual credit courses taught electronically, public colleges shall comply with applicable rules and procedures for offering courses at a distance in Subchapters P and Q of this chapter (relating to Approval of Distance Education Courses and Programs for Public Institutions and Approval of Off-Campus and Self-Supporting Courses and Programs for Public Institutions). In addition, dual credit courses taught electronically shall comply with the Board's adopted Principles of Good Practice for Courses Offered Electronically.

  (1) A student may not enroll in more than three courses per academic year at a community college if the community college does not have a service area that includes the student's high school, except to the extent approved by the Commissioner of Texas Education Agency.

  (2) This provision does not apply to students enrolled in approved early college high school programs.

(d) Composition of Class. Dual credit courses may be composed of dual credit students only or of dual and college credit students. Exceptions for a mixed class, which would also include high school credit-only students, may be allowed only under one of the following conditions:

  (1) If the course involved is required for completion under the State Board of Education High School Program graduation requirements, and the high school involved is otherwise unable to offer such a course.

  (2) If the high school credit-only students are College Board Advanced Placement students.

  (3) If the course is a career and technology/college workforce education course and the high school credit-only students are earning articulated college credit.

(e) Faculty Selection, Supervision, and Evaluation.

  (1) The college shall select instructors of dual credit courses. These instructors must be regularly employed faculty members of the college or must meet the same standards (including minimal requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and approval procedures used by the college to select faculty responsible for teaching the same courses at the main campus of the college.

  (2) The college shall supervise and evaluate instructors of dual credit courses using the same or comparable procedures used for faculty at the main campus of the college.

(f) Course Curriculum, Instruction, and Grading. The college shall ensure that a dual credit course and the corresponding course offered at the main campus of the college are equivalent with respect to the curriculum, materials, instruction, and method/rigor of student evaluation. These standards must be upheld regardless of the student composition of the class.

(g) Academic Policies and Student Support Services.

  (1) Regular academic policies applicable to courses taught at the college's main campus must also apply to dual credit courses. These policies could include the appeal process for disputed grades, drop policy, the communication of grading policy to students, when the syllabus must be distributed, etc.

  (2) Students in dual credit courses must be eligible to utilize the same or comparable support services that are afforded college students on the main campus. The college is responsible for ensuring timely and efficient access to such services (e.g., academic advising and counseling), to learning materials (e.g., library resources), and to other benefits for which the student may be eligible.

(h) Transcripting of Credit. For dual credit courses, high school as well as college credit should be transcripted immediately upon a student's completion of the performance required in the course.

(i) Funding.

  (1) The state funding for dual credit courses will be available to both public school districts and colleges based on the current funding rules of the State Board of Education and the Board.

  (2) The college may only claim funding for students getting college credit in core curriculum, career and technical education, and foreign language dual credit courses.

  (3) This provision does not apply to students enrolled in approved early college high school programs.

  (4) All public colleges, universities, and health-related institutions may waive all or part of tuition and fees for a Texas high school student enrolled in a course for which the student may receive dual course credit.


Source Note: The provisions of this §4.85 adopted to be effective May 27, 2003, 28 TexReg 4114; amended to be effective December 3, 2003, 28 TexReg 10754; amended to be effective February 26, 2004, 29 TexReg 1659; amended to be effective May 25, 2004, 29 TexReg 5058; amended to be effective December 19, 2004, 29 TexReg 11591; amended to be effective May 14, 2007, 32 TexReg 2637; amended to be effective August 15, 2007, 32 TexReg 4972; amended to be effective November 24, 2013, 38 TexReg 8422; amended to be effective August 19, 2014, 39 TexReg 6223

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