One of the few courses out there for any of you wannabe geniuses or deserving students with exceptional learning ability, the NACEP(an organization that legitimizes the program) has accredited a dual credit course or dual enrollment course if you want to call it that.But lets not compare this with any other of its kind. The NACEP is an institution of formidable reputation, and recognition from a premier education body like this, would go a long way in collecting college credit.
The program is primarily targeted at students in senior high,(or sophomore) through accelerated learning, so that they may get a whiff of some of the courses that are offered at college level. If they apply and get accepted into the program, it would mean extra classes on a regular school day in their high school premises itself, conducted by a senior faculty member of the respective course. This is one of the major differences between concurrent enrollment and any other pre college credit course.
Lets be clear about you are here. The main reason behind joining concurrent enrollment is numero uno-college credit. Very similar to casino chips-you win them now,keep them in your pocket for a bit, and cash them later. Besides the highly motivated some of you,who join up just for the thirst for knowledge and challenge, credits can get you a good deal off on your college bill. It is although highly recommended that the student has a spotless academic track record and have a “superior” grasp over fundamentals, since the course might prove to be of a more complex nature. This is why one of the prerequisites of the program is having a good ACT score in the required subject and a higher GPA of atleast 3.
1.Chance to earn actual college credit compare to other dual enrollment classes that are not recognized
2.Head start into a particular stream/course that the student plans on taking up once he/she enters college.
3.No tuition charge for the course since it is publicly funded by the state.
Things to look out for
Since it is a collaboration between the high school and the post secondary institution, it would be a good idea to check before taking admission into college if the concurrent enrollment credits are calid for that particular course and if they are accepted.
Second most importantly, in the concurrent enrollment agreement, it should be stated if the credits are transferable, with prior approval from your post secondary institution otherwise the course would be deemd null and void, and you wont receive any credit for it.
International students that have an F-1 visa are bound by “underload rules”, however they are allowed to apply, provided the cumulative course hours amount to a “Full course” study requirement, laid down by the Department of Homeland Security, which defines 9 credit hours for post graduate students and 12 credit hours for undergraduate students. This is an exceptional rule and a form has to be filled out and submitted to the DHS specifying the details of the concurrent program.