Academic Affairs

Advanced Credit Program Policies

 

Dual Credit PDF

June 2000

1. Mission Statement
2. Policy on Student Eligibility
3. Policy on Student Enrollment (Program Structure and Administration)
4. Policy on Instructor Qualifications
5. Policy on Assessment of Student Performance
6. Policy on Transferability of Credit ( UM Policy 12/20/1999)


1. Mission Statement

This mission of the Advanced Credit (Dual Credit) Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis is to enable high-performing high school students an opportunity to take high-quality lower-division college courses on their high school campus.

2. Policy on Student Eligibility

High school juniors and seniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA (on a 4.0 scale) are eligible to enroll in Advanced Credit courses. The signature of a high school counselor or teacher will be required on the Advanced Credit Application form in order to verify eligibility (class year and GPA).

High school sophomores who meet either of 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 on the
Advanced Credit Application form in order to verify eligibility of sophomores.

For fall 2000, students who began the foreign language sequence in fall 1999 are
eligible to take the next level foreign language course if they have a 2.5 GPA overall (on a 4.0 scale) and a 3.0 GPA or higher in the foreign language course taken during the 1999/2000 academic year.

High school freshmen are not eligible to enroll in Advanced Credit courses.

1. 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.

Advanced Credit courses may enroll a mixed population (students taking the course for dual credit that is, both college-level 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 schedule of dates. Students may not enter (add) courses after the first two weeks following registration.

Withdrawal after Classes Begin: 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 will vary in accordance with the date of withdrawal. The refund schedule will appear on the schedule of dates.

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.

2. Policy on Instructor Qualifications

In accordance with the CBHE Guidelines, high school instructors shall meet the same standards for faculty teaching at the university. Therefore, high school instructors teaching Advanced Credit courses shall typically have at minimum a masters degree with 18 graduate hours in the discipline they teach.

The selection criteria for high school instructors of dual credit courses will be the same as those of on-campus faculty in the same discipline. Dual credit instructors must be approved by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UMSL.

Advanced Credit Instructors who have previously been approved to deliver dual credit but who do not currently meet the CBHE standards will be allowed an extension (until fall 2003) to complete the required additional coursework. During this time, Advanced Credit instructors will be approved to continue delivering dual credit provided they are making reasonable progress toward meeting the CBHE requirements. All Advanced Credit high school instructors will be expected to be in compliance by August 15, 2003.

Advanced Credit classes at the high school will be visited periodically by UMSL liaisons/representatives. Advanced Credit instructors and classes in the high school will be evaluated through methods similar to those used to evaluate their campus-based counterparts.

3. 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.

4. Policy on Transferability of Credit ( UM Policy 12/20/1999)

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.