(6) To offer opportunities for improving degree
attainment for underserved student populations.
Student access, eligibility, and attainment.
(a) The Illinois Community College Board and the Board of
Higher Education shall develop policies to permit multiple
appropriate measures using differentiated assessment for
granting eligibility for dual credit to students. The measures
developed shall ensure that a student is prepared for any
coursework in which the student enrolls.
(b) Institutions may adopt policies to protect the academic
standing of students who are not successful in dual credit
courses, including, but not limited to, options for (i) late
withdrawal from a course, or (ii) taking the course on a
pass-fail basis, or both. All institutional policies relating
to the academic standing of students enrolled in dual credit
courses or the transfer of credit for dual credit courses must
be made publicly available by the institution and provided to
each student enrolled in dual credit courses offered by that
All institutions offering dual
credit courses shall meet the following standards:
(1) Instructors teaching credit-bearing college-level
courses for dual credit must meet the same academic
credential requirements as faculty teaching on campus and
need not meet certification requirements set out in Article
21 of the School Code.
(2) Instructors in career and technical education
courses must possess the credentials and demonstrated
teaching competencies appropriate to the field of
(3) Students must meet the same academic criteria as
those enrolled in credit-bearing college courses,
including taking appropriate placement testing.
(4) Course content must be the same as that required
for credit-bearing college courses.
(5) Learning outcomes must be the same as for
credit-bearing college courses and be appropriately
(6) Institutions shall provide high school instructors
with an orientation in course curriculum, assessment
methods, and administrative requirements before high
school instructors are permitted to teach dual credit
(7) Dual credit instructors must be given the
opportunity to participate in all activities available to
other adjunct faculty, including professional development,
seminars, site visits, and internal communication,
provided that such opportunities do not interfere with an
instructor's regular teaching duties.
(8) Every dual credit course must be reviewed annually
by faculty through the appropriate department to ensure
consistency with campus courses.
(9) Dual credit students must be assessed using methods
consistent with students in traditional credit-bearing
Oversight, review, and reporting.
(a) The Illinois Community College Board shall be
responsible for oversight and review of dual credit programs
offered jointly by public community colleges and high schools.
The Illinois Community College Board shall implement a review
process and criteria for evaluating dual credit program quality
based upon the standards enumerated in Section 20 of this Act.
(b) The Board of Higher Education shall be responsible for
oversight and review of dual credit programs offered jointly by
high schools and institutions, except for public community
colleges as provided in subsection (a) of this Section. The
Board of Higher Education shall develop and implement a review
process based on the standards enumerated in Section 20 of this
(c) Each institution shall report annually to the
appropriate agency, the Illinois Community College Board or the
Board of Higher Education. The reports shall include, but not
be limited to, the following data:
(1) Number and description of dual credit courses.
(2) Faculty teaching dual credit courses and their
(3) Enrollments in dual credit courses.
(4) Sites of dual credit offerings.
(a) The State Board of Education, the Illinois Community
College Board, and the Board of Higher Education shall include
information regarding student participation and performance in
dual credit programs and their success in postsecondary
education in a statewide longitudinal data system.
(b) The data system shall track dual credit students and
courses on student records.
(c) Analysis of data relating to student success in dual
credit courses as well as performance in postsecondary
education must be incorporated into the evaluation of dual
credit programs in both high school and college.