Dual credit allows high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward a high school diploma and a post-secondary degree or certificate. The University of Idaho works closely with high schools to deliver college courses that are identical to those offered on the college campus. Credits earned in a dual credit course become part of the student’s permanent college record. Students may enroll in dual credit programs taught at the high school, online, or on the college campus.
Courses offered through the University of Idaho’s Dual Credit Program reflect the pedagogical, theoretical, and philosophical orientation of the sponsoring faculty and/or academic department. Instructors teaching courses through the University of Idaho’s Dual Credit Program must meet the academic requirements for faculty and instructors teaching in post-secondary institutions as stipulated by the respective academic departments. Academic qualifications vary depending on the discipline, meaning each department sets its own standards for selecting dual credit affiliates.
For purposes of dual credit, the University of Idaho’s service region was, in the spring of 2007, extended to include the entire state.
Benefits of offering Dual Credit Courses
The benefits of offering dual credit courses with the University of Idaho are many. Here are
just a few:
- Promotes academic rigor in line with University of Idaho and NACEP standards
- Reduces the need for remedial work in college courses
- Enables greater collaboration between high school and university faculty
- Increases student aspirations to go to college
- Builds closer ties between the university and area communities