Advanced Credit Program Policies 
(May 2012)

Advanced Credit Program Policies

  1. Mission Statement
  2. Policy on Student Eligibility
  3. Policy on Student Enrollment (Program Structure and Administration)
  4. Policy for Qualifying Instructors
  5. Policy on Maintaining Qualifications
  6. Policy on Assessment of Student Performance
  7. Policy on Transferability of Credit (UM Policy 12/20/99)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Advanced Credit Program (ACP) is a partnership linking the University of Missouri - St. Louis to high schools in the metropolitan St. Louis area to enable eligible high school students to take high-quality, lower division college courses on their high school campus.

Policy on Student Eligibility

The Missouri Department of Higher Education Dual Credit Policy allows only high school juniors and seniors with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) to enroll in Advanced Credit courses. The signature of a high school counselor or teacher will be required to verify eligibility (class year and GPA).

Exemption for High School Sophomores and Freshmen 
High school sophomores and freshmen who meet the following criteria are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Credit Program:

The signature of a high school counselor or the principal will be required in order to verify eligibility of sophomores and freshmen.

Exemption for Foreign Language Sequence
High school sophomores who meet the following criteria are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Credit foreign language sequence:

The signature of a high school counselor or the principal will be required to verify eligibility of sophomores and freshmen.

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Policy on Student Enrollment

In the Advanced Credit Program, course content and course requirements in the high school will be comparable to those utilized in the equivalent on-campus courses with the same titles.
According to MDHE Dual Credit Policy, Advanced Credit courses may enroll a mixed population (students taking the course for dual credit and high school credit and students taking the course for high school credit only). However, course requirements will be the same for all students. Students taking the course for dual credit must meet eligibility requirements as described above.
Students in Advanced Credit courses must adhere to dates comparable to those specified on campus for registration, drop, withdrawal, fee payment and refund. A schedule of dates will be distributed prior to registration.

Dropping/Adding Courses: 
Students who do not pay fees by the specified dates will be dropped. The drop date will appear on the yearly schedule of important dates posted on the Advanced Credit Program website.  Students may not be added to a course after the registration deadline. 

Occasionally, the drop deadline and the deadline for payment may not align.  In those cases students will be notified to alert them to the official drop date for non-payment and subsequently, all students who have not paid will be dropped.
Exceptions to the drop deadline may be made at the discretion of the director according to MDHE Dual Credit Policy.  

Withdrawal after Classes Begin: Registered students may withdraw from an Advanced Credit course by completing the drop form and returning it to the Advanced Credit Program office at UMSL. Students who registered and paid fees prior to withdrawal are eligible for an assessed refund, which may vary in accordance with the date of withdrawal.

Student Records/Transcript: The registrar will furnish transcripts of credit to a student upon written request. There is a charge per transcript. Transcripts are not issued to or for students who have financial obligations to the university until those obligations are paid in full.

Student Support Service: Students in the Advanced Credit Program are issued temporary UMSL student identification cards, which are valid while they are enrolled in an Advanced Credit course. The identification cards may be used to access library resources at UMSL, attend sporting events, receive discounts to theatre productions, etc.

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Policy for Qualifying Instructors

1. In order to teach an Advanced Credit Program Course with UMSL, a UMSL department head will confirm that the high school teacher has met the minimum qualifications required of adjunct instructors at UMSL. (A master’s degree in the discipline or a master’s in a related area and a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the discipline are the required credentials for onsite and concurrent enrollment instruction.)

2. High school faculty will provide the ACP office with the following materials:

a. Resume/curriculum vitae
b. College transcripts
c. Copy of the current course syllabi

3. ACP staff will then forward the documentation to the approving and hiring authority, the academic department head or their designee for review and appropriate action.  After review the high school contact and teacher are notified of the decision.

4.  When an instructor’s documentation meets department requirements a liaison is then assigned.  The liaison meets with the potential instructor to discuss course curriculum, assessment criteria, and departmental philosophy prior to being given full approval to offer the course for college credit through the ACP.

5. All new instructors must also attend an ACP orientation session prior to offering their first ACP course.

6. All ACP high school instructors receive continuous communication via site visits, campus visits, e-mail, mail and phoning for ongoing processes, professional development, campus news, dates and deadlines, academic content, instruction materials, etc. This communication ensures that ACP courses administered through the University of Missouri-St. Louis reflect the pedagogical, theoretical, and philosophical orientation of each academic department. It is expected that all high school ACP instructors participate in professional development offered through UMSL on a yearly basis.

7. Ongoing collaboration between UMSL faculty liaisons and high school ACP instructors is ensured via campus visits, site visits, and communication in general. Each school year each course can expect at least one site visit. Site visits include general academic communication, student Q and A, academic content, pedagogical collaboration, including assessment and outcomes in addition to the general collegiate environment tasks of admission, registration, scholarships, transcript information, etc.

Policy on Maintaining Adjunct Status

Advanced Credit Program adjuncts are expected to attend at least one professional development seminar, conference, or take a graduate course in order to remain current on content specific issues, University curriculum and ACP policies and protocols per academic year in order to maintain approval status to continue to offer their course(s) for ACP credit and/or to receive ACP Graduate tuition scholarships. Information regarding all such activities will be sent to instructors via email. 

Policy on Assessment of Student Performance

Comparable methods of student assessment and testing procedures will be used in the Advanced Credit Program and the equivalent on-campus course. The responsibility for the approval or development of assessment and evaluation measures to assure quality and comparability of dual credit courses resides with the on-campus faculty in the appropriate academic discipline.

Policy on Transferability of Credit (UM Policy 12/20/99)

The University of Missouri assures the transfer of five courses taken as dual credit in high school delivered by institutions that are listed by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) as being in compliance with the dual credit policy. Dual credit courses are defined as courses taken for both college and high school credit that were delivered in high school by a high school teacher. The transferability of dual credit courses greater than five will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. There will be no limit on the number of courses that are accepted in transfer. This is consistent with the policy of CBHE, stated in the Credit Transfer: Guidelines for Student Transfer and Articulation Among Missouri Colleges and Universities, for students who request to transfer credit without completing a two-year degree or being certified as completing a general education curriculum.

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