Thinking about dual credit? Here are some arguments for and against the program.
- Dual credit classes offer the opportunity for a “controlled” entrance into college. After doing college-level work and spending time on a community college campus, students may find the transition to college easier.
- The addition of dual credit courses dramatically expands the variety of classes open to high school students.
- Dual credit programs offer an accelerated curriculum for gifted students.
- Dual credit programs make college accessible to those who might not be able to afford it. Students may also avoid having to take out loans to attend college.
- Students who take dual credit classes are more likely to graduate high school and graduate college faster than those who don’t. As a result, students graduate and enter the workforce earlier.
- Taking dual credit classes offered at a community college may be impossible if students don’t have access to transportation.
- There may be differences in high school and college calendars, making scheduling impossible.
- If students lack maturity, motivation, or self-discipline, they may not successfully pass the dual credit course.
- There is no standardized end-of-the-year competency exam that students must take to pass the class. AP classes have a test that students must pass at the end of the class and must obtain a high score to receive credit from the college they are attending.
- Some feel that dual credit courses offered on high school campuses may be watered-down. Officials want better quality control.
- Dual credit classes are supposed to count toward core requirements in college. However, sometimes credit is counted as elective credit instead, and students are advised to (re) take the class.
When in doubt, talk to your school college counselor and get her advice. She will guide you in your planning.
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