Dual Credit for High Schools
College of DuPage (COD) offers college-level academic and career and technical courses to qualified high school students. The Dual Credit option provides access to a higher level of education and is an excellent opportunity to challenge high school students. A Dual Credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student is awarded both college and high school credit.
Advantages for High Schools
- Reduce high school dropout rates
- Prepare students for college work
- Enhance high school curriculum
- Enhance student transition to college
- Increase student access to COD resources and services
- Increase interaction between high school and COD faculty
- Improve relationships between colleges and their communities
Dual Credit at College of DuPage
- Classes are taught at the high school by schools' instructors.
- Students receive both high school and COD credit.
- High School curriculum, syllabi, textbooks and hiring standards must meet COD's curriculum guidelines.
- High School faculty must meet COD's Faculty Hiring Guidelines.
- A formal agreement is signed.
- COD tuition and application fee are waived.
- A COD transcript is generated for each student completing Dual Credit coursework.
Additional Guideline for Students Registering for Dual Credit
All students in the class must "satisfy course placement test or course prerequisites when applicable to assure that they have the same qualifications and preparation as other college students." (ICCB Administrative Rule 1501.507b-11D)
The Approval Process
- The high school/career center is asked to provide the following information to the Office of High School Partnerships at College of DuPage:
- Detailed course syllabus, objectives, topical outline
- Detailed weekly agenda (assignments, projects, exams and other materials)
- Textbook information
- Completed COD faculty application with resume, transcripts and copies of required certifications
- Other discipline-specific information and materials as requested by the COD faculty
Timeline for Dual Credit Agreement*
- By March 30: Dual Credit paperwork submitted by secondary school
- By May 30: Final signatures obtained
- By June 30: Dual Credit office distributes and posts final agreements
* Individual exceptions are considered.
COD Contact Information for High Schools
Karen Randall, Dual Credit Specialist
Sue Blasi, Dual Credit Specialist
To ensure the academic creditability of college-level courses offered by Illinois community colleges, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has adopted administrative rules pertaining to dual credit (Administrative Rule: 1501.402 and 1501.507.b.11).
All state and federal laws, ICCB regulations, accreditation standards and COD policies and procedures, regulations and academic standards apply to students, faculty and staff associated with all courses.