Dual Credit

Part X: Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for students on an IEP or 504 Plan taking Dual Credit coursework at their home high school campus or via internet delivery are the responsibility of the local high school. Students needing special accommodations and taking Dual Credit coursework on the CSI campus or at a CSI extension center should contact the Director of Student Disability Services at 208-732-6260 for more information.

Part XI: Dual Credit Coursework and Academic Expectations

A Dual Credit course is the equivalent of a college course. The curriculum is the curriculum for the college course. The textbooks are the same books used on the college campus or a college-approved equivalent. The grading standard is the same.

High school administrators sometimes want to complement the college course with other material if it is taught over a more extended period of time at the high school. They may want to include course materials that are part of the high school curriculum that are not stressed in the college course or they may want to add materials to satisfy AP requirements. This goal can best be accomplished by adding hours to the college course and assigning a high school instructor to enrich the curriculum. Because of the length of high school periods and the length of the high school semesters, more class time is usually available than is needed for the 45-hour/credit college course.

The college instructor will assign grades according to the standard CSI grading scale: 90-100 percent is a grade of A, 80-89 percent is a B, 70-79 percent is a C, 60-69 percent is a D, and less than 60 percent is a failing grade. College students have the option of withdrawing from the class and may be dropped by their instructor if they have excessive absences. College instructors will work with the high school administration as requested to provide periodic grade reports for school records.

Part XII: College Standards

College courses are interesting and challenging. Students will learn a great deal, but they are expected to work hard. On average, college students should plan to study at least two hours a week for every hour spent in the classroom or online. Thus, students taking a three-hour class should set aside a minimum of six hours a week to study. Some students will need to study more. Most students should schedule extra study time when exams are planned or course projects are due. Students should pay careful attention to instructors' grading systems. Most college instructors will not allow students to repeat work in order to improve grades. Neither should students expect to receive extra course credit for attendance. Finally, instructors will probably not allow students to do extra work to bring up poor grades.

All classes, regardless of the grade received, will be recorded on a CSI transcript. Grades students earn in a course will become part of their permanent college records. Those planning to apply to another college should list CSI as a college attended on applications and request that official transcripts be sent from the CSI registrar to verify previous college work.

Dual Credit coursework transcripted through the College of Southern Idaho is accepted and transferred between public colleges and universities in Idaho. Please be aware that colleges and universities outside the state of Idaho and private institutions within the state are not bound by the same credit transfer policy. Students and parents should always check institutional transfer polices before registering for Dual Credit coursework. In addition, the acceptance of Dual Credit coursework by another college or university does not necessarily mean that transcripted credits will meet requirements for a specific major field of study or program. Once again, students and parents are encouraged to contact the college or university of their choice for more specific information before enrolling in a Dual Credit course.

No one enrolls in a course planning to fail, but students who find themselves doing poorly in a class may wish to drop or withdrawal.  Drops can only be completed during the first week of the semester and will not leave a record on a student's transcripts.  After the first week of classes, drops are no longer an option and students wishing to formally cease attendance in a class will need to do a withdrawal.

It's important for students to note that a withdrawal will result in a W on their CSI transcript.  A withdrawal does not affect a student's GPA but the W placed on the transcript will indicate the student has attempted, but withdrew from a course. A withdrawal will impact a student's completion rate (number of credits student has attempted vs. what they have successfully completed) and this may have implications on the student's academic records and/or future eligibility for Federal Financial Aid.  Each semester, there is a last date for students to withdrawal from classes, if students miss the last date to withdrawal then the student will be issued the grade they earn in the class, failing or otherwise.  Students wishing to cease attendance in a course should contact the CSI Admissions and Records Office at 208-732-6795 to complete the appropriate drop/withdrawal paperwork before the last date to withdrawal.

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Part XIII: Enjoy the Journey

College is a wonderful place where students can enrich themselves with exciting curriculum and new ideas. As they get a "quick start" on their college career through Dual Credit coursework, they should work hard but have fun. The College of Southern Idaho is committed to providing a quality, positive learning experience to help Dual Credit students make the transition from high school to college.

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