Dual Credit Partnership Agreement

- 07/12/20
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Between March and May 2019, our EdSystems team convened seven Committee meetings, developed the meeting materials, designed sections of the MPA for review, and facilitated the Committee`s discussions in order to reach consensus. The Committee noted that the MPA should be more than just a legal default – members sought to create a recommended practice model for municipalities to increase and ensure access to a large, high-quality alternating credit program. Committee members worked together on the needs and concerns of community schools and school districts, while continuing to focus on access and assistance to students. The final version of the MPA was adopted by the committee in June 2019. It was adopted and published by ISBE and ICCB in July 2019, along with a paper on frequently asked questions. The benefits of dual credit are well documented – compared to their colleagues, dual credit students are more likely to earn a high school diploma, enroll in college, maintain higher averages, and get a university degree on time.1, therefore, for Illinois, in order to achieve its broader goals of college readiness and level, our state must ensure an alternating credit performance that guarantees to all students that all students in every corner of Illinois, have access to robust dual credit opportunities. What about the adoption of the MPA? Scope! At EdSystems, we plan to support state public relations, which will include an MPA guide for the State of Illinois, a website for the provision of additional resources and examples of best practice, as well as webinar and in-person workshops, to work with high school and Community College staff participating in alternating credit courses. In many ways, Illinois has long been at the forefront of the expansion of dual credit through a multitude of strategies and incentives. This expansion has been rapid – over the past five years, enrollment in at least one alternating credit course has increased by 18% to about 60,000 high school students in 2017-18.2, while the 48 colleges in Illinois offer alternating credit courses, gender and volume vary from college to college.

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