Dual Credit

Part I: Introduction & Mission Statement

The College of Southern Idaho is the center of educational, business and cultural activity for south central Idaho. Since opening its doors in 1965, CSI has grown as a comprehensive two-year community college, and it now serves over 8,000 students taking credit courses each semester and another 4,000 attending noncredit professional and enrichment classes. In addition, up to 40,000 people come to the campus each year for special events and workshops. The college is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees elected from Jerome and Twin Falls counties. CSI is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

College of Southern Idaho Mission Statement

Part II: The Purpose of Early College Credit Programs

The College of Southern Idaho recognizes the nationwide movement toward collegiate programs that allow high school students, of outstanding academic achievement and/or inclination, the opportunity to earn collegiate credit towards an undergraduate degree prior to graduation. The College of Southern Idaho accepts high school students as one of its important constituent groups and considers Dual Credit programs to be a major part of its off-campus outreach effort.

Part III: Dual Credit

A Dual Credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student earns both college and high school credit concurrently. Such courses may be offered on the high school campus and taught by a high school or college instructor, or they may be offered on the college campus by a college instructor. Dual Credit is successful because the program offers something for everyone involved. Dual Credit enables students to make substantial progress toward college degrees before they finish high school. Students who begin taking courses in their junior year can earn thirty or more college credits by the time they graduate from high school if they also take summer classes at the college. College-bound students can earn sophomore status even before they set foot on campus.

High school students, usually at the junior and senior level, can earn college credit in their usual advanced-level high school courses if two basic conditions are met: (1) the subject matter of the course is based on and incorporates the syllabus of the CSI course for which credit is sought, and (2) the high school instructor possesses academic credentials and experience sufficient to be appointed as an adjunct faculty member of the sponsoring CSI academic department to teach the course at the collegiate level. In short, a Dual Credit course must reflect the academic rigor of a college-level course and be taught by a fully qualified instructor.

Dual Credit courses also help high school students make the transition from high school to college. For one thing, students can learn what college professors expect in Dual Credit courses while still in their familiar high school surroundings. When a student matriculates into a college system, they will have already acquired the confidence to succeed academically. Then too, Dual Credit courses enable high schools to offer students more options than are available in a regular high school curriculum.

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