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.
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 includes the entire state per SECTION III, SUBSECTION Z of the Idaho State Board of Education’s Governing Policies and Procedures.
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
University of Idaho faculty who partner with high school faculty to develop dual credit courses delivered on a high school campus are key to the success of the University of Idaho Dual Credit Program. It is through their curriculum oversight, mentoring and support that program quality and academic rigor are maintained at a university level, and Dual Credit Program standards are achieved at a state and national level. University faculty, high school faculty, and courses offered for dual credit must comply with the Idaho State Board of Education and NACEP standards that govern dual credit programs. University faculty and high school faculty must also have the approval of their administration before engaging in any dual credit partnerships.
University of Idaho Faculty Liaison Responsibilities
- Reviewing new high school dual credit teacher applications to confirm department academic requirements for faculty and instructors teaching university-level courses are met.
- Providing high school teachers with discipline-specific training and orientation in course curriculum, student assessment criteria and course philosophy before certifying them to teach dual credit courses.
- Ensuring high school teachers are part of a continuing collegial interaction through professional development such as seminars, site visits, and ongoing communication with the university faculty liaison and dual credit administration.
- Confirming the courses administered through the Dual Credit Program are university catalogued courses, approved through the regular course approval process, reflect the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of the sponsoring faculty and/or academic department, and are the same as those offered on the university campus.
- Making site visits to document and confirm a dual credit course offered on the high school campus is the same as the courses offered on the university campus.
- Reviewing the course offered through the Dual Credit Program annually to assure that grading standards meet those in on-campus sections.
- Assuring that dual credit students are held to the same course content standards and standards of achievement as those expected of students in university courses, and assessed using the same methods (e.g. papers, portfolios, quizzes, labs, etc.) as their on-campus counterparts.
- Working with dual credit administration to address issues such as non-compliance with the university’s expectations for courses offered through the dual credit program (e.g., a teacher’s non-participation in training and/or activities).
High School Teacher Requirements
As noted above, high school teachers wishing to teach dual credit courses must submit an application to the Dual Credit Office.
Required Application Documents for High School Teachers
- Letter of introduction that includes contact information, teaching experience, course of interest, and sample syllabus
- Current resume
- Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
- Full name, address and date of birth (required to create /verify a record in the university’s system)
Completed application packets are submitted to:
University of Idaho Dual Credit Program
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3099
Moscow, ID 83844-3099
Fax (208) 885-2001
High School Teacher Application Review and Approval Process
Application packets are forwarded to the sponsoring department for review, and teachers are contacted by the university faculty liaison to discuss course curriculum, syllabus, learning outcomes, and assessment.
After completion of the review process, the university faculty liaison and the high school teacher will agree upon a course syllabus, which should include the name of the dual credit course, teacher contact information, textbook, grading scale, and learning outcomes. The syllabus must also include the following comment regarding academic integrity, along with a link to the University’s Student Code of Conduct:
“The University of Idaho’s student code of conduct exists to educate students in understanding their rights and responsibilities as members of a safe, civil, and ethical academic community. It applies to all registered students, including dual credit students. Complete information can be found at www.uidaho.edu/DOS/judicialaffairs/studentcodeofconduct.”
The faculty liaison contacts the Dual Credit Office and requests a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Dual Credit Office drafts and emails the MOU to the high school teacher with instructions to:
- Review for accuracy
- Complete information in any highlighted areas
- Secure all appropriate high school and school district signatures
- Include all required attachments noted in Item 10 of the MOU
- Make a copy and send original to the Dual Credit Office via USPS, fax, or email
When all signatures have been secured, a final copy of the MOU, along with attachments, is returned to the school district office. Copies are maintained by the sponsoring college/department and the Dual Credit Office.
Important Registration Information
Prior to the beginning of the semester, the Dual Credit Office emails the following information to all partnering high schools and copies the faculty liaisons:
- Dates and deadlines
- Course listing (arranged by high school)
- Registration instructions
Faculty who have questions should contact the Dual Credit Program Coordinator:
Linda Strong Gollberg
Summer Session/Dual Credit Program Coordinator
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3099
Moscow, ID 83844-3099
phone: (208) 885-4074
toll-free: 1 (888) 884-3246
fax: (208) 885-5050
Student Code of Conduct
The University of Idaho’s student code of conduct “exists to educate students in understanding their rights and responsibilities as members of a safe, civil, and ethical academic community.” Complete information can be found at the Dean of Students Academic Integrity page.
Please Note: All dual credit syllabi should reference and include a link to the University of Idaho’s Student Code of Conduct.
Learning Objectives & Assessment
Dual credit students are held to the same standards of achievement as those expected of students in on-campus sections. They are assessed using the same methods (e.g., papers, portfolios, exams, labs, etc.) as their on-campus counterparts. Both learning objectives and outcomes should be included on the course syllabus along with expectations and grade criteria. It is the sponsoring faculty member’s responsibility to ensure that dual credit courses meet University of Idaho standards.
Students attending classes on the University of Idaho campus who anticipate being absent due to a high school related activity should contact the Dean of Students to get administrative approval.
For courses held at the high school, students follow school district policy. It is important that University of Idaho and high school faculty work together to determine a secondary due date for assignments/tests should students miss deadlines due to a high school related activity.
Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)
Agreements are made between the University of Idaho and the School District for an approved high school teacher to teach a particular university course in their high school. Such an agreement is called a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU. An MOU is in effect for three years and can be ended or renewed at the end of the three year term. An MOU can be terminated by either party by giving written notice to a designated representative at least 60 days prior to the commencement of a new academic term. An MOU can be terminated at any time by mutual written agreement. A list of MOUs currently in effect can be found on the Dual Credit MOUs page.
National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)
NACEP Standards and Accreditation
“NACEP is a professional organization for high schools and colleges that fosters and supports rigorous concurrent enrollment. Established in 1999 in response to the dramatic increase in concurrent enrollment courses throughout the country, NACEP serves as a national accrediting body and supports all members by providing standards of excellence, research, communication, and advocacy (2010 NACEP Website www.nacep.org).”
The University of Idaho is currently conducting a self study that will lead to NACEP accreditation. Therefore, all University of Idaho dual credit courses must be designed in accordance with, and adhere to NACEP Standards.
Benefits of Accreditation
- Standards that ensure dual credit courses have the same academic rigor, content, and assessment as the corresponding university course
- Values based on collaboration which support both faculty and student
- A common language among post-secondary institutions and legislation