Dual Credit

Dual Credit Process

What is 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. Courses may be offered on the high school campus and taught by a high school or college instructor, through distance delivery over the CSI microwave system, via the internet, or they may be offered on the college campus by a college instructor. Dual credit programs are successful because the program offers something for everyone involved. Dual credit coursework 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. In some cases it is possible for college-bound students to earn sophomore status even before they set foot on campus.

How to Become a CSI Dual Credit Student

MyCSINew Dual Credit Student Instructions
If you have never filled out the Dual Credit Online Admission Application through MyCSI, start here.  If you have already completed the Dual Credit Online Admission Application through MyCSI, and already have your CSI Student ID Number, please refer to the Returning Dual Credit Student Instructions listed further down the page.

  1. Apply for Dual Credit Admission online through MyCSI (click on the “Dual Credit Application” link located in the lower right hand corner to begin the application.)  Once your Dual Credit Admission Application is processed, within several business days of submitting the application, you will be sent an admission letter to the email address you provided in the application.  The admission letter will contain your CSI Student ID Number.
  2. After you’ve received your admission letter with your CSI Student ID Number, you are ready to register for dual credit classes at CSI. Register online by completing these steps-
    • Retrieve your temporary PIN to access MyCSI for registration.
    • Log in to MyCSI using your CSI Student ID number and temporary PIN.
      • You may need to complete a Personal Information Update before you can register for the first time each term. 
    • Click on Records and Registration and select Course Search.
    • Select the semester in which you wish to enroll.
    • Search for courses using the Faculty drop down menu to find your Instructor’s name and click Search
    • Select the Add checkbox to the left of the course, and click Add Courses at the bottom of the page to add the class to your schedule.
      • If you are unable to register for a class due to a required prerequisite, please contact the CSI Records Office at 208-732-6795 or records@csi.edu
        Add Courses
    • You are now registered for your class.  If you’d like to add another course, repeat steps 3-6.

Pay your Tuition and Submit a County Residency Form
Once you have finalized your Dual Credit Registration, you’ll need to pay your tuition and submit a county residency forms.

Certificate of Residency
All Idaho students must complete and submit a Certificate of Residency form on a yearly basis, except residents of Boundary, Butte, Elmore, Gem, and Power counties who must complete a new certificate of residency for both fall and spring semesters. Click here to access the Certificate of Residency.  For more information on district fees click here.

Pay your Tuition

Pay your CSI tuition and fees online through MyCSIClick the $ Money Matters tab, then click My Account Balance, and select Make a Payment.  Online payment can be made by either credit card or e-check. It is important to pay your tuition and fees by the deadline in order to avoid being charged late fees or dropped for no payment. 

Contact CSI if you need help!

You are a CSI dual credit student now. If you have question or need help, contact us! We are here for you - (208) 732-6795 or records@csi.edu

Returning Dual Credit Student Instructions
If you have already completed the Dual Credit Online Admission Application through MyCSI, and already have your CSI Student ID Number, start here.  If you have never filled out the Dual Credit Online Admission Application through MyCSI, and do not have a CSI Student ID Number, please refer to the New Dual Credit Student Instructions listed above.

  1. Using your CSI Student ID Number, you are ready to register for dual credit classes at CSI. Register online by completing these steps-
    • Log in to MyCSI using your CSI Student ID number and 8 digit date of birth.
      • You may need to complete a Personal Information Update before you can register for the first time each term. 
    • Click on Records and Registration and select Course Search.
    • Select the semester in which you wish to enroll.
    • Search for courses using the Faculty drop down menu to find your Instructor’s name and click Search
    • Select the Add checkbox to the left of the course, and click Add Courses at the bottom of the page to add the class to your schedule.
      • If you are unable to register for a class due to a required prerequisite, please contact the CSI Records Office at 208-732-6795 or records@csi.edu
        Add Courses
    • You are now registered for your class.  If you’d like to add another course, repeat steps 3-6.

Pay your Tuition and Submit a County Residency Form
Once you have finalized your Dual Credit Registration, you’ll need to pay your tuition and submit a county residency forms.

Certificate of Residency
All Idaho students must complete and submit a Certificate of Residency form on a yearly basis, except residents of Boundary, Butte, Elmore, Gem, and Power counties who must complete a new certificate of residency for both fall and spring semesters. Click here to access the Certificate of Residency.  For more information on district fees click here.

Pay your Tuition

Pay your CSI tuition and fees online through MyCSIClick the $ Money Matters tab, then click My Account Balance, and select Make a Payment.  Online payment can be made by either credit card or e-check. It is important to pay your tuition and fees by the deadline in order to avoid being charged late fees or dropped for no payment. 

Contact CSI if you need help!

You are a CSI dual credit student now. If you have question or need help, contact us! We are here for you - (208) 732-6795 or records@csi.edu

Important Information for CSI Dual Credit Students

College students have responsibilities above and beyond those of high school students. We expect you, as a CSI dual credit student, to accept responsibility for your academic record, your performance in classes, your use of MyCSI to enroll in classes and access your student information, adding/dropping/withdrawing from classes, meeting deadlines, and for timely payment of tuition and fees for you CSI classes.

Although you may be enrolling in dual credit classes taught at your high school, dual credit classes are college classes. They appear on the your CSI transcript, and the grades you earn become part of your permanent college record.  You can check the grades you’ve earned in your dual credit classes, at the end of the term, in MyCSI. Remember that the courses, credits, and grades are part of the your high school and college transcripts.  Because high school policies are different than CSI policies, on occasion, the high school grade may be different than the college grade.  If you have questions regarding your grade, please check with your teacher.

EaglemailYou will be assigned a CSI e-mail account, EagleMail , after you registered for classes.  You will need to activate your EagleMailaccount at: eaglemail.csi.edu.  Your e-mail address will have the following format: username@eaglemail.csi.edu and you can select your username when you activate your account.   You will need to check your EagleMailregularly for important information on registration deadlines, payment due dates, and other official communication from CSI.  EagleMailis the primary means of written communication with CSI students.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives you the right to decide who can view your education records. If you want to allow someone else (e.g. parents) to have access to your information, please submit the FERPA release form found here: www.csi.edu/ferpa.

Dual Credit Facts

Based on 2011-2012 dual credit enrollment figures, nearly 18% of all CSI students are taking college coursework while they are still high school students. Furthermore, dual credit students successfully completed and purchased over 14,000 college credits during the 2011-2012 school year.

What is the Statutory Basis for Dual Credit?

The Idaho Standards were designed to help school districts, colleges and universities plan, implement, and evaluate high quality and advanced opportunities and programs offered to high school students before they graduate. The standards are also designed to ensure acceptance of college credit among the postsecondary institutions in Idaho, as well as out-of-state institutions, accredited by one of the six regional associations. All advanced opportunities programs in the state of Idaho shall be developed and managed in accordance with these standards and the standards will be in effect until revisions are instituted and approved by the State Board.

The purpose of the Advanced Opportunities Subcommittee was to review what types of programs are available to students who want to earn college credit prior to high school graduation. The committee was also charged with making recommendations to increase opportunities for students and to expand the number of students who take advantage of high quality accelerated learning programs such as Advanced Placement®, dual credit and International Baccalaureate programs.

State Board Reference: SECTION: III. POSTSECONDARY AFFAIRS SUBSECTION: Y. Advanced Opportunities, December 2005

Dual Credit Standards:

Curriculum:

Curriculum 1 (C1) Courses administered through a dual credit program are catalogued courses and approved through the regular course approval process of the postsecondary institution. These courses have the same departmental designation, number, title, and credits; additionally these courses adhere to the same course description and course content as the postsecondary course
Curriculum 2 (C2) Postsecondary courses administered through a dual credit program are recorded on students’ official academic record of the postsecondary institution.
Curriculum 3 (C3) Postsecondary courses administered through a dual credit program reflect the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of the sponsoring faculty and/or academic department at the postsecondary institution


Faculty:

Faculty 1 (F1) Instructors teaching college or university courses through dual credit meet the academic requirements for faculty and instructors teaching in postsecondary or provisions are made to ensure instructors are capable of providing quality college-level instruction through ongoing support and professional development.
Faculty 2 (F2) The postsecondary institution provides high school instructors with training and orientation in course curriculum, student assessment criteria, course philosophy, and dual credit administrative requirements before certifying the instructors to teach the college/university’s courses.
Faculty 3 (F3) Instructors teaching dual credit courses are part of a continuing collegial interaction, through professional development, such as seminars, site visits, and ongoing communication with the postsecondary institutions’ faculty and dual credit administration.  This interaction addresses issues such as course content, course delivery, assessment, evaluation, and professional development in the field of study.
Faculty 4 (F4) High school faculties are evaluated by using the same classroom performance standards and processes used to evaluate college faculty.


Students/Parents:

Students 1 (S1) High school students enrolled in courses administered through a dual credit are officially registered or admitted as degree-seeking, non-degree or non-matriculated students of the sponsoring post-secondary institution.
Students 2 (S2) High school students are provided with a student guide that outlines their responsibilities as well as guidelines for the transfer of credit.
Students 3 (S3) Students and their parents receive information about dual credit programs.  Information is posted on the high school’s website regarding enrollment, costs, contact information at the high school and the postsecondary institution, grading, expectations of student conduct, and other pertinent information to help the parents and students understand the nature of a dual credit course.
Students 4 (S4) Admission requirements have been established for dual credit courses and criteria have been established to define “student ability to benefit” from a dual credit program such as having junior standing or other criteria that are established by the school district, the institution, and state board policy.
Students 5 (S5) Prior to enrolling in a dual credit course, provisions are set up for awarding high school credit, college credit or dual credit.  During enrollment, the student declares what type of credit they are seeking (high school only, college only or both high school and college credit).  Students are awarded academic credit if they successfully complete all of the course requirements.


Assessments:

Dual credit students are held to the same course content standards and standards of achievement as those expected of students in postsecondary courses.

Every course offered through a dual credit program is annually reviewed by postsecondary faculty from that discipline and dual credit teachers/staff to assure that grading standards meet those in on-campus sections.

Dual credit students are assessed using the same methods (e.g. papers, portfolios, quizzes, labs, etc.) as their on-campus counterparts.

State Board Reference:  SECTION: III. POSTSECONDARY AFFAIRS SUBSECTION: Y. Advanced Opportunities, December 2005

What is the Process for Approving new Dual Credit Programs and Selecting Dual Credit Instructors?

  1. School administration or an individual instructor (with administrative approval) contacts CSI and requests information about implementing dual credit programs or getting an instructor approved as a dual credit instructor.
  2. Dual credit coordinator conducts a site visit with prospective teacher(s) and building/district administration and outlines program possibilities for the school, course offerings in place at similar schools, possible delivery methods for coursework, and the application, review, and selection process for dual credit instructors.
  3. Prospective instructors send vita to dual credit coordinator, with documentation being forwarded to the appropriate departments for review.
  4. If prospective instructors are rejected by CSI, the dual credit coordinator makes follow-up contact with the high school and instructor(s) to share any information from the college department that is related to their decision.  If the prospective instructor is accepted by CSI as a dual credit instructor, the following chain of events takes place:
    • The new instructor is sent hiring paperwork from the Office of Instructional Administration.
    • The new instructor is contacted by the dual credit coordinator and given contact information with the appropriate department at CSI to begin discussions about syllabi, curriculum, textbooks, timing, etc.
    • Department chairs coordinate with the Office of Instructional Administration to create section(s) for the delivery of dual credit coursework.

What is the Cost for Dual Credit Coursework?

Dual credit fees (including on-line courses) for the current school year are $65.00 per credit hour of coursework taken (for example: 3 credit hours X $65.00 per credit = $195.00). The cost of dual credit tuition is roughly 2/3 that of regular college tuition. Students taking dual credit classes may be eligible for scholarships to help reduce costs, depending on scholarship opportunities, local/foundation efforts, and local school district policies. Students may also be required to purchase textbooks and supplies.

What Classes are Available for Dual Credit?

CSI offers classes in the following areas for dual credit:  Math, Allied Health, Agriculture, Chemistry and Physics, Information Technology, P.E. and Health, Business and Accounting, English, Biological Science, Communication, Social Science, Physical and Earth Science, Pre-Engineering, Education, and Foreign Language.

What High Schools Offer Dual Credit Courses in Partnership with CSI?

As of the current school year, CSI has partnerships with 63 high schools and service providers around the state of Idaho. Client schools are primarily located within our primary 8 county service region, but we serve schools as far as Clark Fork to the north, Weiser to the west, and North Fremont (Ashton) to the east. Included in this list of schools are also three “virtual” on-line high schools, the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, the Idaho Virtual Academy, and the Idaho Education Network.

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