Dual & Concurrent Enrollment
In 2013, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation (RIGL 16-100) that called for the adoption of a statewide policy for dual enrollment that allows students to take college courses to earn credit at both the secondary school and the higher education institution. Subsequently, the Board of Education adopted regulations in April of 2015, that provide all qualified Rhode Island high school students access to college level coursework while still in high school. Students can access college level courses in two ways by taking:
- Concurrent enrollment courses at their high school: these courses are the same courses that are taught at the college, but are approved to be taught at the high school, by the high school teacher.
- Dual enrollment courses at the institution’s campus: these courses are part of the institution’s regular schedule and are taught by a college professor.
Upon successful completion of a dual or concurrent course, students will earn credit toward their high school graduation requirements and they will earn credit with the higher education institution where they are enrolled for the course. Depending on their plans after high school, students can choose to transfer the credit with another institution. Ultimately, all students have the opportunity to reduce the amount of time and expense required to obtain a college degree.
The Governor's PrepareRI Dual Enrollment Fund was approved for a second year as part of the FY17 State budget. Through the PrepareRI Dual Enrollment Fund, qualified public high school students can take dual and concurrent coursework with CCRI, RIC and URI at no costs to them or their families.
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