What is Concurrent Enrollment?
Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers. It is a low-cost, scalable model for bringing accelerated courses to students in urban, suburban, and rural high schools. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course.
Concurrent enrollment also facilitates close collaboration between high school teachers and college faculty that fosters alignment of secondary and postsecondary curriculum.
Sometimes called “dual credit,” “dual enrollment,” or “college in the high school,” concurrent enrollment partnerships differ from other models of dual enrollment because high school instructors teach the college courses.
Distinct from Other Accelerated Coursework
Although concurrent enrollment courses share some elements or characteristics of the programs below, concurrent enrollment differs in significant ways from the following:
- Programs in which the high school student travels to the college campus or college faculty travel to the high school
- Programs where the student takes a course from a college instructor via distance education
- Articulation agreements where a college retroactively assigns credit for high school coursework upon matriculation
- Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate high school courses where standardized tests are used to assess students’ knowledge at the end of a course
Different From Credit by Exam Options
- Concurrent enrollment courses are actual credit-bearing college courses
- Concurrent enrollment students earn a college grade based on multiple and varied assessments throughout a course, not just from one high-stakes test
- Concurrent enrollment students earn transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course, not retroactively for prior learning