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.
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 the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) standards that govern dual credit programs.
University faculty must 1) have the approval of their administration before engaging in any dual credit partnerships, and 2) agree to the following dual credit program standards as defined by the Idaho State Board of Education, Section III, Subsection Y Advanced Opportunities:
- Courses administered through a Dual Credit program are catalogued courses and approved through the regular course approval process of the postsecondary institution. These courses have the same departmental designation, number, title, and credits; additionally these courses adhere to the same course description and course content as the postsecondary course. (Curriculum Standard C1)
- Postsecondary courses administered through a Dual Credit program are recorded on students’ official academic record of the postsecondary institution. (Curriculum Standard C2)
- Postsecondary courses administered through a Dual Credit program reflect the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of the sponsoring faculty and/or academic department at the postsecondary institution (Curriculum Standard C3)
- Instructors teaching college or university courses through a dual credit program must meet the academic requirements for faculty and instructors teaching at a postsecondary institution or provisions are made to ensure instructors are capable of providing quality college-level instruction through ongoing support and professional development. (Faculty Standard F1)
- The postsecondary institution provides high school instructors with training and orientation in course curriculum, student assessment criteria, course philosophy, and administrative requirements before certifying the instructors to teach the college/university’s courses. (Faculty Standard F2)
- Instructors teaching dual credit courses are part of a continuing collegial interaction through professional development, such as seminars, site visits, and ongoing communication with the postsecondary institutions’ faculty and dual credit program administration. This interaction addresses issues such as course content, course delivery, assessment, evaluation, and professional development in the field of study. (Faculty Standard F3)
- High school faculty is evaluated by using the same classroom performance standards and processes used to evaluate college faculty. (Faculty Standard F4)
- Students enrolled in dual credit courses are held to the same course content standards and standards of achievement as those expected of students in postsecondary credit only courses. (Assessment Standard A1)
- Every course offered through a dual credit program is annually reviewed by postsecondary faculty from that discipline and dual credit teachers/staff to assure that grading standards meet those in on-campus sections. (Assessment Standard A2)
- Students enrolled in dual credit courses are assessed and awarded credit using the same methods (e.g. papers, portfolios, quizzes, labs, etc.) as their on-campus counterparts. (Assessment Standard A3)
Faculty non-compliance issues with regard to state or national standards noted in the links above will be handled by the sponsoring department/college and may result in dual credit liaison responsibilities, along with any associated stipend, being revoked and the MOU terminated (refer to item 9. Term and Termination on the MOU).
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. This 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 Manager
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3099
Moscow, ID 83844-3099
phone: (208) 885-4074
toll-free: 1 (888) 884-3246
fax: (208) 885-2001
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.
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 (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
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