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.

Forms of Accelerated Learning in Oregon

Directory of 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, 2012*

2019

Clackamas Community College

Dual Credit

Approved, 2011*

2019

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

Approved, 2011*

2019

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

Approved, 2011*

2019

Southern Oregon University

Dual Credit

Approved, 2012*

2019

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Dual Credit

Approved, 2012*

2019

Tillamook Bay Community College

Dual Credit

Approved, 2012*

2019

Treasure Valley Community College

Dual Credit

Approved, 2016*

2019

Umpqua Community College

Dual Credit

Approved, 2012*

2019

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)​

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.
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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