Policies regarding Student Eligibility for Participation in Dual Credit Courses

Student Eligibility - Southeast Missouri State University

Basic Requirements

Dual Credit students of the university must have a minimum grade average of "B" on all prior high school course work and be recommended for participation by signature of the high school principal or his/her official designee. The “B” average is reflected by a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, specific placement testing is required for participation in EN 100: English Composition and all Mathematics courses. Students who earn a grade below "C" will not be allowed to continue in the dual credit program.

Exception Policy

Students with less than a “B” average but at least a 2.5 grade point average are eligible for participation in dual credit with a letter of recommendation from his/her principal. The letter of recommendation must state

(1) that the student is of an exceptional academic ability not accurately reflected by past performance and resulting grade point average, and (2) that, in the opinion of the principal, the student is capable of successful performance in the recommended dual credit class(es). Where applicable, an acceptable score on the university’s placement exam(s) is also required. Students admitted under this exception policy must attain a grade of B or better on all university course work in order to continue in the dual credit program for a second and subsequent terms.”

Student Eligibility - CBHE

The eligibility of high school students to participate in dual credit courses may vary in accordance with the admission standards of the college or university offering the courses in the high school. For all institutions, however, students must have a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent, and be recommended by the high school principal or his or her official designee.

High school students must also meet the same requirements for admission to individual courses (e.g., English or mathematics) as those required of on-campus students (e.g., ACT, ASSET, or other placement test scores).

Specific placement tests may not be required for admission to some college courses; however, if the high school administers a competency assessment in an area related to the dual credit course, high school juniors, and seniors must score at proficient or above on the MAP or achieve an equivalent score on a comparable assessment.

Performance on the MAP or a related assessment test should be verified in the high school principal’s or official designee’s recommendation that the student participate in a dual credit course.

High school juniors and seniors who meet the above requirements will be eligible for dual credit courses. Under special circumstances, freshmen and sophomores with superior academic talents may take dual credit courses. Freshmen and sophomores must demonstrate their competency by scoring at the 90th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT. Moreover, the recommending high school counselor and the college academic department official must concur that a younger student can benefit from dual credit in the specific course and learn at the collegiate level.