The Dual Credit Program was established to increase educational options and opportunities for high school students. Eligible high school students are allowed to enroll in college level courses, simultaneously earning credit at both secondary and post-secondary levels. Dual Credit exposes students to college level responsibilities, allows students to investigate career options that schools and districts otherwise could not provide, and offers students a low cost/no cost pathway to earning college credits before they graduate from high school.
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Dual Credit refers to a program that allows high school students to enroll in college-level courses offered by a postsecondary institution that may be academic or career technical but not remedial or developmental, and simultaneously to earn credit toward high school graduation and a post-secondary degree or certificate. (NMAC 188.8.131.52 Paragraph 1, 2010)
The following was annotated from legislation: Laws 2007, Chapter 227 and Laws 2008, Chapter 14 (SB943 and SB31), state rules 6.30.7 NMAC and 5.55.4 NMAC, and statutes Section 22-2-1, 22-2-2, 9-24-8, 9-25-8, 21-1-1.2 NMSA 1978.
The 2007 legislation (SB934) provides statutory framework for the Dual Credit program as follows: specifies the program and the kinds of courses the program may include, defines student eligibility, requires uniform administrative procedures, and provides a uniform funding mechanism that requires contribution from each party involved: the LEA, NMSU Grants, and the student/student’s family.
Additionally in 2007, initiatives in the Cyber Academy Act facilitated distance education as a means of offering courses to students. The high school redesign legislation (SB61, 2007) required secondary schools offer at least one high school credit via Dual Credit, Advanced Placement, honors, or distance learning.
In 2008, legislation (SB31) extended the DC programs to include students from state-supported schools and officially added summer semesters as eligible times for the DC program. Statutory provisions establish the basis for master agreements and for rules promulgated by the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) and Public Education Department (PED). Finally in 2010, the legislation was amended to include Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) high schools and tribal colleges. Together, these legislative initiatives and statutes allow New Mexico’s students access to equitable opportunity for an enriched high school experience and a beginning to their postsecondary educations.