DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM
UK's Dual Credit Partnership with Secondary Schools
DEFINITIONS OF COMMON TERMS
Dual or concurrent enrollment - initiatives undertaken by postsecondary institutions in which a high school student may earn college credit for courses taken while still in high school. However, unlike dual credit programs, students in concurrent enrollment classes are not guaranteed high school credit upon course completion. Whether a course is credited toward high school graduation requirements may vary depending upon the institutions or the guardian/parental involvement.
Dual credit program - an accelerated learning program whereby high school students receive both high school and college credit for taking a single course. Courses may be taught in the high school or on a college campus. Dual credit program agreements are regional or local in nature, with college credit being granted through a single sponsoring college or university. This is unlike Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs which rely on a test by an outside organization as a condition for receiving college credit.
Retention and graduation rates - a state and federal measurement of postsecondary institutions in which is determined the percentage of an official entering cohort (first time, full time, first year, degree-seeking) that persists from their first fall semester through the census date of the second fall semester (retention rate) and then persists to graduate from that same institution within six years (graduation rate).