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Are dual-enrollment programs overpromising?

September 26th, 2016

There are so many positives when high school students look into dual-enrollment programs.  Dual-enrollment courses may save you thousands of dollars on tuition, look great on your college application, and help you prepare for college.  However, there is a downside to all of these positives that we believe is important to look into before jumping on the dual-enrollment bandwagon:  not all colleges award credit for these courses.

It is key to check with the schools to which you are applying to determine whether they will accept your dual-enrollment credits; some will not accept them at all.  Other colleges will accept these credits but will not allow them to go towards your major course of study, in turn making students and parents disappointed.

Dual-enrollment programs are still a work in progress and therefore each college and university has its own set of requirements.  Catherine Gewertz, author of the article posted below from Education Week, brings up many critical factors to consider when deciding whether to participate in a dual-enrollment program.

Article below published September 6, 2016

Written by:  Catherine Gewertz

The popularity of dual-enrollment programs has soared nationally as high school students clamor to try college-level work. But the movement is dogged by questions about one of its key selling points: that students can get a jump-start on college by transferring those credits.

Take the case of Sabrina Villanueva. As an ambitious high school student in Dallas, she earned 12 credits at a local community college by taking speech, government, psychology, and sociology. Because the courses were part of a dual-enrollment partnership, they counted toward her high school graduation requirements, too.

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