DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM
UK's Dual Credit Partnership with Secondary Schools
LIFECYCLE FOR A NEW DUAL CREDIT INITIATIVE
1. Initial contact may come from a high school instructor (and this should be encouraged across all disciplines, especially those who interact with UK professors in disciplinary-based communities), or it might also come from a department or unit here on the UK campus. Either way, the department chair should request and receive the following:
a formal letter of intent from the high school principal (or district superintendent) that includes: name of instructor (if already identified); course(s) in the high school curriculum and which in the UK schedule book are requested for dual credit; affiliations (if any) with other postsecondary institutions;
official transcripts of the proposed instructor(s) of the high school course(s) being requested for dual credit initiative - with evidence of at least 18 graduate hours in the discipline (this documentation will be placed in the UK department’s Standard Personnel File and reported appropriately in the UK Faculty Database);
syllabus(i) of the course(s) submitted for review by the department faculty and approval by the department chair.
2. The department faculty must examine the course not only for the course content coverage, rigor of assignments/assessments, but also delineate how the high school course relates to the UK course learning outcomes (this is especially important if the dual credit course being proposed is or might become a general education course). In addition, the department must show how the course is deployed in a similar mode as is offered at UK. For example, if the course is not yet approved for distance learning at UK, then the high school cannot use it for distance education unless UK approves it officially as with any other DL course. The UK course taught to high school students may span a different time span from the one taught to traditional students at UK. Deadlines for common exams or enrollment-related matters (including drops) need to be specified on a per dual course basis.
If approved at the department level, the chair then forwards to the college dean and/or faculty oversight committee the letter of intent and syllabus(i) under cover of an explanatory memo emphasizing the dual credit initiative's parameters and expectations for scalability and specifying the timing for periodic review by the department and the partner school(s). The sponsoring UK Department, as part of the decision-making for determining the appropriate teaching model for the dual credit course, will state whether the course instructor will be hired
as a Part Time Instructor;
as a teaching assistant supervised by the UK instructor of record, (i.e., the high school teacher has no control over the syllabus, text, assignments and tests, and is trained in instructional methods for postsecondary education, meeting regularly with instructor of record)
The sponsoring UK Department must also clarify what compensation, if any, that is provided to the instructor of a dual credit course. NOTE: If the high school course doesn't exactly match the coverage content but evidences corresponding academic rigor in student performance (e.g., successful completion of required class assignments can show the same rigor of academic performance as the on-campus UK students can show), then as a guideline, no less than 70% of the UK course should be covered by the high school course. We recognize that this guideline would not work for some disciplines but it is posed for consideration in order to show that there doesn't have to be a 100% direct match on the content coverage. This would allow for more flexibility in the decision-making by the department faculty.
3. If approved at the college level, the proposal then moves forward to the Undergraduate Council to assure quality and University-level oversight of completeness for the institutional repository for documentation and review of UK's dual credit programs.
NOTE: If a student completes the course at the high school and later enrolls full-time at UK, the UK department that coordinates the dual credit course (whether it initiated the request or responded to a request originating in a high school) gets credit for that student's credit hours. If the original UK course is cross-listed with another department's course, the originating department that determines the equivalency to the high school course gets the headcount. If, later, the student attends UK and the cross-listed department advisors see the equivalent course on the student's transcript, then the department could waive or substitute if they so desire at that time.