Policy & Collaboration

College Credit while in High School

Educational experiences that provide high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school are known in Oregon as “accelerated learning” programs.

Students participating in accelerated learning are usually starting on a pathway to a college degree or certificate. These programs aim to provide bridges that support and encourage a college-going culture and reduce gaps in college access and academic achievement. They can smooth the transition into a college or university by enabling high school students to successfully earn college credit and better prepare for postsecondary expectations.

Peer Review Schedule and Results

​​Institution Name ​Partnership Models ​Approval Status and Date ​​Next Review
​Blue Mountain Community College ​Dual Credit ​Approved, 2013* 2020
Central Oregon Community College Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit Approved, 2018 ​2024
​Chemeketa Community College ​Dual Credit ​Approved, 2019 ​2025
​Clackamas Community College ​Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit ​Approved, 2019 ​2025
​Clatsop Community College ​Dual Credit ​Approved, 2013* ​2020
​Columbia Gorge Community College​ ​Dual Credit ​Approved, 2013* ​2020​
​Eastern Oregon University ​ ​Sponsored Dual Credit ​Approved, 2018 ​2024
​Klamath Community College ​Dual Credit ​Approved, 2013* ​2020​
​Lane Community College ​Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit ​Approved, 2018 ​2024
​Linn-Benton Community College ​Sponsored Dual Credit ​Approved, 2018 ​2024
​Mt. Hood Community College ​Dual Credit​ ​Approved, 2013* ​2020​
​Oregon Institute of Technology ​Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit  ​Approved, 2019 ​2025
​Oregon State University ​- ​N/A​ ​2020
​Oregon Coast Community College ​Dual Credit ​Prov. Approved, 2015*​ ​2020
​Portland Community College ​Dual Credit ​Approved, 2011* ​2020
​Portland State University ​Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit ​Approved, 2018 ​2024
​Rogue Community College ​Dual Credit ​Conditionally Approved, 2019 ​2020
​Southern Oregon University ​Dual Credit ​Approved, 2019 ​2025
​Southwestern Oregon Community College ​Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit ​Conditionally Approved, 2019 ​2020
​Tillamook Bay Community College ​Sponsored Dual Credit ​Approved, 2019 ​2025
​Treasure Valley Community College ​Dual Credit ​Approved, 2016* ​2019
​Umpqua Community College ​Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit ​Approved, 2019 ​2025
​University of Oregon ​- ​N/A ​2020
​Warner Pacific University ​Dual Credit ​N/A ​2020
​Western Oregon University ​Assessment Based Learning ​Approved, 2018 ​2024
* Indicates partnership approved by the Dual Credit Oversight Committee (2010-2016)​

Forms of Accelerated Learning in Oregon

Dual Credit 

In Dual Credit courses, the high school teacher is qualified to act as a proxy faculty member for the college or university when teaching the course. These courses are sufficiently similar to enable the student to be described as “taking a course” from the postsecondary institution. Through ORS 340.310, HECC was charged with developing standards for dual credit​ and other high school based college credit partnership programs.  
Sponsored Dual C​redit

In Sponsored Dual C​redit courses, a high school teacher partners with a sponsoring faculty member at a college or university to offer the course. ​These courses are sufficiently similar to enable the student to be described as “taking a course” from the postsecondary institution. Through ORS 340.310, HECC was charged with developing standards for these sponsored dual credit programs.

​Assessment Based Learning Credit

In Assessment Based Learning Credit, students do not enroll in a college course but are provided an opportunity to earn college credit by demonstrating they have achieved a course’s learning outcomes. Through ORS 340.310, HECC was charged with developing standards for these assessment based learning credit programs.

Advanced Placement (AP) and Int​ernational Baccalaureate (IB) programs
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are offered by high schools across the state. Each year, colleges and universities in Oregon renew the Statewide AP and IB Course Credit Policy​ ​​for these courses, and the HECC coordinates with Oregon campuses on making and publishing these updates. For more detailed information on AP course credit see: 
Expanded Options programs
Expanded Options programs established by school districts provide opportunities for at-risk students to take courses at eligible postsecondary institutions. In 2005, Senate Bill 300 created the Expanded Options program to provide eligible high school students early entry into post-secondary education, with specific provisions and supports for at-risk students.

HECC Coordination of Self Study and Peer Review in Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit, and Assessment Based Learning Credit​

HECC works with the Oversight Committee​ for High School-Based College Credit Partnerships on a pe​er review process​ for HECC approval of Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit, and Assessment Based Learning programs. Details on this process are in the documents below:

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