Purdue Cal chancellor Questions Expanding Dual Credit Program

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Purdue University Calumet plans to limit enrollment in dual credit programs because it's so expensive for the university.

Dual credit allows a high school junior or senior to enroll in a college course and simultaneously earn college and high school credit for the same course.

Dual credit differs from Advanced Placement credit in that students immediately get college credit after successfully completing a dual credit course. In an AP class, a student must pass the end-of-course exam to be eligible to apply for college credit once the student graduates.

When the dual credit tuition rates were set up, it was assumed the Indiana Commission for Higher Education would provide a $50 per-credit-hour reimbursement to colleges and universities that participated, but that incentive never materialized, Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon said.

Keon said Purdue Calumet handles dual credit a little differently from other colleges in that Purdue professors grade the exams.

"We spend a fair amount of time and energy grading exams. There are also administrative costs associated with registration and transcripts," Keon said.

Purdue Calumet faculty members also participate in various aspects of quality control and assessment. Purdue officials said that adds to the costs because it provides release time from other university duties for Purdue faculty to engage in that activity.

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