Concurrent enrollment (also referred to as dual enrollment) provides high school students the opportunity to take college credit-bearing courses.
In 2015, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) refined the language in its policies relating to the credentialing of concurrent enrollment instructors (high school teachers who are appointed as adjunct faculty by a postsecondary institutions to teach college-level courses to high school students for which the students receive both high school and college credit). As a result, many concurrent enrollment instructors across the Midwest were suddenly no longer technically qualified to teach such courses, which are an important part of most states’ Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability measures and an effective high impact practice that can reduce the cost of college and students’ time to completion. Fortunately, most postsecondary institutions were able to secure an extension from HLC until 2022, during which time states, institutions and school districts are working to find ways to bring their respective concurrent enrollment teaching forces up to HLC’s standards.
Since fall 2017, MHEC staff have interviewed concurrent enrollment stakeholders in the 12 member states to learn how such efforts are unfolding and what challenges remain in the process of up-credentialing concurrent enrollment teachers. MHEC is collaborating with the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) to collaborate on resolutions.