Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about DualEnrollment
- What is dual enrollment?
- Dual enrollment is a partnership between high schools and colleges which allows high school students to take college classes before completing high school and have those classes count toward both high school graduation requirements and college degree completion.
- How can dual enrollment help students achieve a college degree?
- Research shows that students who take dual enrollment classes get higher GPA’s, earn degrees more quickly, are more likely to stay in college, and are more likely to finish a degree program. Students benefit from being exposed to real college work while they still have the support system of high school and are full time students. Accumulating college credits by eliminating duplication of courses and taking full advantage of the senior year keeps provides extra motivation to finish their degree program. And the cost savings of earning free or heavily discounted college credit makes a college degree financially attainable for economically disadvantaged students.
- How is dual enrollment different from AP or IB?
- AP or IB classes are high school classes for which your students can get credit at some colleges if they achieve a certain result on a final exam. However, there is no guarantee of credit. Dual enrollment classes are college classes that also count toward high school, and college credit is guaranteed if your students pass the class. Dual enrollment gives students experience with actual college level work and they are often more motivated when they know they are earning definite college credit.
- What does dual enrollment cost?
- In many states, dual enrollment classes are free or heavily subsidized, allowing high school students to begin accumulating college credits at little or no cost and reduce the cost and time required to obtain a degree. To see the specific cost, courses and programs available in your state, sign up at dualenroll.com.
- Can students take dual enrollment classes from more than one college?
- Yes! One of the benefits of dual enrollment is allowing students to 'try out' colleges they might be interested in attending and find the classes that are best suited to their individual educational goals. Dualenrollment.com streamlines the enrollment process to make it easy to take full advantage of all the choices available to a student at their high school.
- What should students think about before dual enrolling?
- Dual enrollment classes are ‘real’ college, so students should expect the level of work to be more demanding than a typical high school course and plan their schedule and commitments accordingly. If a student fails a dual enrollment class, they will not get credit toward high school graduation and the low grade will count against their college GPA. If a student begins a class and realizes he/she is likely to fail, they should drop the class before the drop date. Dualenroll.com will provide students and guidance connselors with drop dates for all enrolled class and send a reminder when the drop date is approaching to make sure students don’t miss important deadlines.
Questions about DualEnroll.com
- How does dualenroll.com benefit students?
Students benefit as dualenroll.com makes it possible for your school to offer more college and course options. In addition, there are specific advantages for students when your school uses dualenroll.com to manage your dual enrollment program.
Course selection: Dualenroll.com makes it easy for students to find and sign up for classes that are most suited to their individual educational goals. Students optimize their class selection and can maximize the financial and educational benefits of the dual enrollment program at their high school.
College selection: Dualenroll.com makes it easy for students to take classes from more than one college, so they can ‘try out’ colleges they might be interested in attending as they are going through the selection and application process.
Manage deadlines: Dualenroll.com will notify students and guidance counselors of important deadlines in the course signup process based on the actual college and course they have selected. Once a student is enrolled in a course, DualEnroll.com will send reminders of drop dates so the student and their guidance counselor can assess their performance in the course and decide whether the student should continue or drop the class before the drop date to avoid negatively impacting their college GPA.
Increased participation: Paper dual enrollment process are time consuming and prone to error. Students lose the applications, don't get around to walking the forms around for the various required signatures, forget to turn them in on time, etc. and thereby miss out on the opportunities afforded by dual enrollment. With dualenroll.com, approvals and applications can be completed and forwarded online rather than manually walking around paper forms, the entire process can be managed online, and reminders help everyone avoid missed deadlines.
- How does dualenroll.com benefit high schools?
Dualenroll.com is a powerful tool to help high schools prepare students for post-secondary education while actually reducing time and resources spent on low value administrative tasks.
Increased participation: Extensive research shows that dual enrollment prepares students for college and helps them achieve degrees or certificates. Dualenroll.com increases dual enrollment participation by helping students complete the process more easily and avoid missing deadlines. In addition, since dualenroll.com reminds both guidance counselors and students of drop dates, high schools can encourage students to try a dual enrollment class without the risk that they may forget to drop a class they are at risk of failing before the deadline.
Streamlined process: Paper dual enrollment process are time consuming to administer and prone to error. Students lose the applications, don’t get around to walking the forms around for the various required signatures, forget to turn them in on time, etc. and thereby miss out on the opportunity afforded by dual enrollment. With dualenroll.com, approvals and applications can be completed and forwarded online rather than manually walking around paper forms, the entire process can be managed online, and reminders help everyone avoid missed deadlines.
Richer course offerings: Dualenroll.com streamlines the process of adding and managing additional courses and college partners, so high schools can expand the courses available to their students, further increasing participation and allowing students to take classes most suited to their individual abilities and educational objectives.
Expanded college partnerships: Dualenroll.com makes it for high schools and colleges to establish a partnership and ease the transition of students from secondary to postsecondary education. Research shows that students benefit from exposure to ‘real’ college while they are still full time students and still have the benefit of the support system provided by their high school faculty and administration.
- How does DualEnroll.com benefit colleges?
Recruiting: DualEnroll.com provides a highly effective, low cost mechanism for colleges to communicate their programs and unique benefits to students during the time when they are making college decisions. In one study, 71% of dual enrollment students continued postsecondary coursework at the same college where they took their dual enrollment classes.
Expanding relationships with secondary schools: By extending their dual enrollment relationship to more high schools, colleges can better achieve their public policy mandates as well as increasing their grow their pool of highly qualified applicants and increase acceptance rates at a fraction of the cost of other recruiting methods. DualEnroll.com provides an easy way to high schools and colleges to introduce themselves to each other, exchange detailed information about courses and enrollment procedures, and explore ways they can work together for the benefit of students.
Access: Research has shown that the educational improvements associated with dual enrollment are disproportionately advantageous for low income or other disadvantaged student populations. It is intuitive, for example, that the benefits of being introduced to college work while still receiving the additional support system of high school would be magnified for students with less well-developed college support due to family background. Paradoxically, however, this lack of family support makes it more difficult for these students to complete a paper-based, multistep sign-up process. By streamlining the process and sending reminders of deadlines to both students and guidance counselors, DualEnroll.com help improve educational performance and prospects for disadvantaged students.
Incoming student performance: Colleges of all types are increasingly accountable for helping manage the transition from secondary to postsecondary education for incoming students and for educational outcomes for students who enroll. Given the improved academic performance research attributes to participation in dual enrollment, increasing the proportion of students who enter college with dual enrollment credits makes these tasks more achievable.
- What does DualEnroll.com cost?
- DualEnroll.com charges a modest transaction fee for each registration handled by the DualEnroll.com service. In many cases, the transaction fee is absorbed by the college offering the course.
- Who's behind DualEnroll.com?
- DualEnroll.com was created by a team of experienced education technology veterans who believe passionately in the value of dual enrollment. We want to increase the quantity and quality of courses available to high school students.
- How easy is DualEnroll.com to use?
- DualEnroll.com is a cloud based service requiring nothing more than internet connectivity and a browser. We do enforce stringent FERPA compliance so initial signup DOES require validation of your institution's credentials. Once that step is complete however, you can be up and running in 30 minutes.