What is dual credit?
In Indiana, ‘dual credit’ is the term given to courses in which high school students have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits in the same course. Dual credit courses are taught by high school faculty, college faculty, or adjunct college faculty either at the high school, at the college or university, or sometimes through online courses or distance education. Dual credit is offered by both state and independent (private, regionally accredited) colleges and universities.
Why take dual credit classes?
Students can take college courses, earning college credits and fulfill high school requirements at the same time. Taking college courses while still in high school saves a significant amount of money. By trying out a few classes while still in high school, students can get used to the academic environment before leaving the comfort and support of home. Dual credit programs introduce students to the rigors of college coursework early. Recent studies have shown that students who participate in dual-enrollment programs are more likely to go on to get a post-secondary degree.
Ivy Tech Professor on Loan (POL) Program
The POL program is a dual credit program providing 12th grade students the opportunity to take college credit courses at Decatur Central High School from Ivy Tech Professors at no charge to the students (with the exception of book fees for some courses).
The POL program is offered to 12th grade students who meet admission requirements:
- 2.6 GPA or above
- Accuplacer scores
Through the POL program, students have the opportunity to take college courses that count for required high school graduation credits such as senior English, Government, and Economics credits. In addition, students can choose to take courses toward a pathway such as Business or Criminal Justice.
Potential POL Courses offered
- English Composition (ENGL 111)
- Introduction to Literature (ENGL 206)
- Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COMM 101)
- Fundamentals of Economics (ECON 101)
- Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 101)
- Introduction to Ethics (PHIL 102)
- Introduction to American Government and Politics (POLS 101)
- Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems (CRIM 101)
- Introduction to Criminology (CRIM 105)
- Introduction to Business (BUSN 101)
- Principles of Marketing (MKTG 101)
*Course offerings may vary from year to year based on enrollment and interest
Traditional Dual Credit
Traditional dual credit courses are those that are taught by teachers at the high school who are trained to teach the college’s curriculum. Ivy Tech credits can be earned in the courses such as the Engineering Project Lead the Way and Advanced Manufacturing classes. Students can earn college credit when they have met the score requirement on the course exam.
Courses in this category include:
- Introduction to Engineering Design
- Principles of Engineering
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing
- Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing and Logistic
- Biomedical Innovation
Other traditional dual credit courses taught by Decatur Central teachers include:
- Ivy Tech - Finite Mathematics (MATH 135)
- Vincennes University – Biology (Bio 100/101)