DUAL CREDIT & EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAMS STUDENT/PARENT/GUARDIAN MANUAL 2019-2020

 
DUAL CREDIT & EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAMS STUDENT/PARENT/GUARDIAN MANUAL 2019-2020
DUAL CREDIT & EARLY COLLEGE
          PROGRAMS
STUDENT/PARENT/GUARDIAN MANUAL
           2019-2020

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TABLE OF CONTENT

Welcome to Dual Credit & Early College Programs…………………………………………………………4

Educational Partnerships Program Overview………………………………………………………………..5
      Mission
      Vision
      Benefits of Dual Credit

Taking Dual Credit Classes……………………………………………………………………………………6
      What should I expect from my professors?
      What is expected of me as a Dual Credit student?

Dual Credit Overview…………………………………………………………………………………………..7
      What is Dual Credit?
      What are the Benefits of Dual Credit?
      Who Can Enroll in Dual Credit?

Enrolling in the Dual Credit Program……………………………………………………………………...8-11
       How do I sign up for Dual Credit?
       What is an EFC ID?
       How do I find my EFC ID number?
       What is an eConnect account?
       I can’t set up my eConnect account. What do I do?
       I forgot my eConnect password. What do I do?
       I forgot my eConnect password. What do I do?
       I’m taking Dual Credit at one of the DCCCD campuses. What documents do I need to enroll?
       I’m taking Dual Credit at my high school. Do I need to turn in meningitis?
       How do I search for classes?
       How many Dual Credit classes I can take?
       Can I take online classes?
       Where can I order books?
       How to I Obtain My Student ID Cards?
       What is FERPA?
       Why is FERPA important?
       How does FERPA apply to me?

Student Resources and Information……………………………………………………………………..12-17
      Attendance
      Code of Conduct
      Dual Credit Academic Calendar
      Campus/Student Resources
            Student Handbook
            Testing Center
            Book Store
            Computer Lab
            Library
            Learning Center
            Counseling/Advisement
            Career Services
Accommodations and Modifications (Students with Disabilities/ADA)
          Grade Disputes
          Transcript Request
          Syllabus
          Office of Student Life

Taking Dual Credit Classes: Grades and Academic Standards………………………………………….18
      What is the grading scale for Dual Credit classes?
      What is considered a passing grade?

El Centro Student Handbook…………………………………………………………………………………19

             WELCOME TO DUAL CREDIT & EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAMS

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Congratulations!

Welcome to El Centro College DCCCD Educational Partnerships Program!

As a Dual Credit and Early College student, you are choosing to challenge yourself and take an
active role in your future. Merely considering Dual Credit as an option speaks to your commitment to
your future, and we are glad that you are considering El Centro College as a partner in your
academic journey. Through the dual credit and early college program students will have many great
opportunities to start their college career. Not only will students get a head start on their college
education, they can earn both high school and college credit simultaneously, and will have a great
foundation and understanding of College expectations.

Through dual credit partnership agreements, the College and the public school districts in Dallas
Counties have course offerings that meet both high school and college learning objectives.
Depending upon the school district, these courses are offered at local high schools, El Centro College
Campus, and online.

This student (and parent) manual is designed to guide you from considering Dual Credit to successful
completing college courses. As a college student, you – the student – are expected to take the lead
in ensuring your academic success. However, we recognize that parents will still be very involved
with supporting you through this transition. Thus, though the manual is addressed to students, it will
include information to assist parents as well.

El Centro College would like to welcome you and we look forward to assisting you!

Sincerely,
Educational Partnerships

                    EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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Mission
In collaboration with high school and industry partners, the El Centro College Educational
Partnerships Division cultivates opportunities for high school students to successfully complete
college-level courses, to simultaneously earn both high school and college credits.

Vision
The El Centro College Educational Partnerships Division will become a recognized leader in
providing effective, high-quality, student-centered dual credit programs.

Benefits of Dual Credit
Dual Credit courses offer our students the opportunities to get a jumpstart on their college education,
and render financial savings. Upon satisfactory completion of a course, students will earn both high
school and college credits. Course offerings will vary by each school.

   •   Saves Money: Through the dual credit program, parents/students will save a substantial
       amount of money by not incurring charges for two years of college room and board and by
       paying lower tuition at their “Community College”.

   •   Saves Time: When completing a technical pathway in high school students can get a job right
       after graduation or shorten the time it takes to earn an Associate Degree at El Centro College.
       Core courses are transferrable which reduces the academic load and amount of time spent at
       a university or other college.

   •   Transition to College Easier: Successfully completing college credit in high school helps many
       students make the transition to college life. Students will have the opportunities to take college
       core courses or work toward completion of an Associate Degree. Academic dual credit
       courses are accepted by public colleges and universities and most private & out-of-state
       institutions to which El Centro College students transfer as part of their core curriculum.

   •   Convenient: College courses are available at high school campuses, at El Centro College
       campuses and online.

   •   Increases Student Success: Students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on technical
       courses or academic courses which can help them gain confidence and study skills need to
       succeed in college and in chosen careers.

                                  TAKING DUAL CREDIT CLASSES
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What should I expect from my professors?

Your professors are specialists in the fields they teach and are committed to your academic growth.
Grades received in classes are earned, and your professors expect your behavior and work to be
college-level. Your professors are responsible for:

   •   Maintaining a safe and civil class environment.
   •   Providing the class with a syllabus containing all appropriate due dates, learning outcomes,
       grading and attendance policy, and office hours.
   •   Notifying you if changes are made to the syllabus or if due dates are moved for any reason.
   •   Responding to student questions and concerns within a timely manner.
   •   Notifying the class in case of emergency or cancellation.

You should be aware that there are some significant differences between high school and college
classes. A few are noted below:

   •   Professors have academic freedom over their classes – you may be exposed to different
       views, language, or controversial subjects.
   •   You may need to study two to three hours outside of class for every hour of class.
   •   Grades come from two to three tests and/or papers, some assignments and quizzes. Tests
       usually cover multiple chapters at a time. Professors are not required to provide you with a test
       review.

What is expected of me as a Dual Credit student?

Dual Credit students are college students. As such, you are expected to meet college expectations in
and outside of the classroom. While college classes are fun and enlightening, you must change to a
college-focused mindset to be successful. In college:

   •   YOU are responsible for your attendance, class participation, behavior, and quality of work.
   •   YOU are responsible for completing all assignments on time and making up missed classes.
   •   YOU are responsible for keeping up with your syllabus.
   •   YOU are responsible for managing your study time.
   •   YOU are responsible for balancing and prioritizing your time between dual credit classes.
   •   YOU are responsible for meeting ALL deadlines, including semester drop deadlines.
   •   YOU are responsible for the grades you earn.
   •   YOU are responsible for adhering to the DCCCD Student Code of Conduct.
   •   YOU are responsible for understanding the policies for academic dishonesty for DCCCD.
   •   Ultimately, YOU are responsible for your success in Dual Credit.

                                     DUAL CREDIT OVERVIEW

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What is Dual Credit?

Courses offered for dual credit stem from agreements between high schools and community colleges
or universities whereby a high school student enrolls in a college course and simultaneously earns
college credit and high school credit for the course. These partnerships enable high school students
to earn college credits before graduating from high school, making their transition to the collegiate
campus smoother and their likelihood of graduating from college greater.

What are the Benefits of Dual Credit?

Among others, enrollment in Dual Credit provides students with the following benefits:

   •   Full or partial tuition scholarships for eligible courses significantly lowers the cost of college
   •   Provides a head start on postsecondary core requirements, which could decrease the amount
       of time needed to complete a degree
           o Core courses are transferable to all public Texas institutions
   •   Allows access to college facilities and activities
   •   Serves as a “controlled” introduction to college life that allows for an easier transition to college
   •   Builds student confidence and self-esteem

Who Can Enroll in Dual Credit?

Dual Credit students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at a participating high school, private school,
charter school, or home school. It is strongly recommended that you have completed at least your
ninth grade year of high school prior to enrolling in Dual Credit, unless you are in a collegiate
academy (CA), early college high school (ECHS), or pathway to technology early college high school
(P-TECH) program. For all dual credit programs you must meet all college admissions criteria and
minimum test score requirements for the courses in which you plan to enroll.

IMPORTANT: You must also get approval from your high school guidance counselor in order
to participate in the Dual Credit program. El Centro College Educational Partnership staff will
assist you with the registration process once all admissions and testing requirements have been met.

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ENROLLING IN THE DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM

How do I sign up for Dual Credit?

   1. Talk with your high school counselor about enrolling in Dual Credit
   2. Complete the Admissions Application for High School Students by visiting
      http://www1.dcccd.edu/stuapp/newuser_hs.cfm
   3. Obtain your EFC ID and set up your eConnect account
   4. Determine if you need to take the TSI or have an exemption
   5. Take and attain the minimum required score of the appropriate section(s) of the TSI or submit
      documentation of exemption or eligibility. Please speak to your high school counselor to
      determine if testing is needed or if an exemption applies for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
      test to enroll in college-level classes.

   6. Submit a completed Dual Credit Enrollment Packet to your high school counselor. The packet
      is available through your counselor or the Dual Credit Office. The counselor will submit the
      information to the Dual Credit Office. A completed Dual Credit Enrollment Packet includes the
      following:
                a. High School Enrollment Form signed by parent and high school counselor.
                b. Consent to Emergency Treatment Form
                c. FERPA Release for Proxy Registration/Admissions** (required if parents will
                    register or pick up transcripts on behalf of student)
                d. Proof of Meningitis Vaccination (only for students taking Dual Credit courses on
                    the EFC campus)
                e. Official high school transcript

Students taking Dual Credit classes at their high school or online are not required to provide
meningitis documentation. However, if you decide to take classes at one of our campuses, meningitis
documentation will be required prior to enrollment.

What is an EFC ID?

The EFC ID is a 7-digit number that serves as your student deadlines for students to ID number. You
will need to provide this unique identifier when conducting campus business. You may also see it
referred to as your DCCCD ID. Please do not provide your high school ID number when
communicating with the college.

In most cases, the EFC ID is generated immediately following the submission of the online
application.

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How do I find my EFC ID number?

   1.   Visit eConnect.dcccd.edu
   2.   Select Future Student Menu or Credit Student Menu
   3.   Select “Get My Student/Employee ID” under the My eConnect Account column
   4.   Provide your name, birthdate, and SSN

What is an eConnect account?

EConnect is a student information portal where students can search for classes, check grades,
request transcripts, order textbooks, and update personal information.

I can’t set up my eConnect account. What do I do?

   1. Verify that the email address you are using is the same email you listed on the admissions
      application.
   2. Verify that your EFC ID number is correct.
   3. If you are having additional difficulties, contact eConnect technical support at 972-669-6402.

I forgot my eConnect password. What do I do?

   1. Select “Forgot/Reset My Password” under the My eConnect Account column.
   2. Provide your last name, birthdate, email address used on your admissions application, and
      EFC ID number.
   3. Check your email and follow the link to reset your password.
   4. Contact eConnect tech support at 972-669-6402 or 972-669-6402 or 1-866-374-7169 if you
      need additional assistance.

I forgot my eConnect password. What do I do?

   1. Click on “Forgot/Reset My Password” under the My eConnect Account column
   2. Put your late name, birthdate, the email address used on your admissions application, and
      DCCCD ID number.
   3. Check your email and follow the links to reset your password.
   4. Contact eConnect tech support at 972-669-6402 or 1-866-374-7169 if you need additional
      assistance.

I’m taking Dual Credit at one of the DCCCD campuses. What documents do I need to enroll?

   1. Qualifying TSI scores or proof of exemption/waiver
   2. Official high school transcript (Homeschool transcripts must be notarized and have “expected
      date” of graduation listed)
   3. Meningitis shot records (must be from within the previous 5 years)
   4. High School enrollment form signed by parent and high school counselor
   5. Consent to emergency treatment form
   6. FERPA release for proxy registration/admissions (required if parents will register or pick up
      transcripts on behalf of the student)

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I’m taking Dual Credit at my high school. Do I need to turn in meningitis?

Students attending Dual Credit classes at their high school are not required to provide meningitis
documentation. If you take dual credit at your high school during the fall/spring semesters and decide
to take summer classes on one of our campuses, meningitis will be required prior to enrollment.

How do I search for classes?

eConnect is the best way to search for your classes online. To see class availability in real time:

   1.   Go to www.econnect.dcccd.edu
   2.   Select the “Credit Student Menu tab”
   3.   Click on “Find Credit Classes” under the Prepare to Register column
   4.   Select the desired term (ex: Fall 2019)
   5.   Select the desired campus for your class.
   6.   Select the course prefix and course number (ex: HIST 1301), press “Add”, and “Search”

How many Dual Credit classes I can take?

As many classes as you’ve been approved for by your counselor; however, students are
recommended no more than two classes per semester during fall/spring term; one class per session
in summer. Additional restrictions on your schedule may apply based on academic performance in
Dual Credit.

Can I take online classes?

Yes, you can take online classes, but they are generally not recommended for first-time Dual Credit
students, especially in summer.

Where can I order books?

   1. Go to econnect.dcccd.edu
   2. Select the “Credit Student Menu” tab
   3. Under the Register for Classes column, click on “Buy My Books”
   4. Log in to your eConnect
   5. Select the campus where your class is located

How to I Obtain My Student ID Cards?
All Dual Credit students will receive a DCCCD student ID card at the time of enrollment. Students are
issued ID cards on Main Campus by visiting the Office of Student Life in Room B-270 and at West
Campus by visiting the Library.

           •   Students must wear and display their student ID on their person at all times while on
               campus.
           •   The ID card also serves as a library card.
           •   Lost cards may be replaced by paying a $10.00 fee at the cashier’s office and
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presenting the receipt at the ID card issuing office.
          •   ID cards are validated for the current semester by the application of current semester
              stickers.
          •   Students taking 6 hours during long semesters or 3 hours during the summer semester
              are eligible to receive a free DART pass which takes the form of a sticker applied to the
              ID card. Cashier’s offices issue the stickers.

What is FERPA?

FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 1974) is a privacy law designed to protect a
student’s educational records. FERPA gives parents rights to their children’s educational records in
grades K-12, but those rights transfer to the student once they enroll at a college or university.

Why is FERPA important?

FERPA prevents your private information being accessed or released without your permission.
DCCCD is allowed to disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name,
address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.
However, you can request not to disclose this information. DCCCD is required to notify you about
your directory information, and notify you each year about your FERPA rights.

How does FERPA apply to me?

As a Dual Credit student, DCCCD staff cannot discuss or allow your parents access to your personal
information without your written consent. Professors cannot discuss your grades or personal
information with your parents. Students or proxies conducting official college business on campus
(registration, schedule changes, transcript pickup, TSI testing, residency changes) must be prepared
to present a picture ID at all times.

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STUDENT RESOURCES AND INFROMATION

Attendance

Dual Credit students are treated just like any regular college student, which means higher
expectations in and outside of the classroom. While college classes are fun and enlightening, your
mindset must change to a college-focused mindset to be successful.

All enrolled dual credit students are expected to attend classes daily. YOU are responsible for your
attendance, class participation, behavior, and quality of work.

Code of Conduct

All dual credit students enrolled at El Centro College are expected to adhere to the student code of
conduct policy set forth by the Dallas County Community College District.

To view our student code of conduct policy click on the link:
         https://www1.dcccd.edu/catalog/GeneralInfo/CollegePolicies/code.cfm?loc=DCCCD

Dual Credit Academic Calendar

You can find all important dates for registration, course withdrawal dates, campus closures and more
in the academic calendar.

Campus/Student Resources

          Student Handbook
          The current handbook is available through the ECC website:
          https://www.elcentrocollege.edu/au/fastfacts/legal/Pages/Student-and-Faculty-
          Handbooks.aspx

          The Student Handbook provides an introduction to the college. It is a useful resource to
          download and have handy. The Handbook addresses: General Information, Academic
          Information, Student Services, and provides information to our general policies.

          Testing Center
             Locations:
             o ECC Main Campus / 801 Main Street / Dallas, TX 75202 / Room A-067
                         • Hours: M – TH: 8 am – 8 pm & F – S: 8 am – 3 pm
                         • Phone: 214-860-2178
             o ECC West Campus / 3330 N. Hampton Rd / Dallas, TX 75212 / Room W-130
                         • Hours: M – TH: 9 am – 6 pm & F – S: 9 am – 1 pm
                         • Phone: 972-391-1424

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Please READ before you test:
   • Your performance on the assessment instrument determines your eligibility for all
      core classes.
   • The TSI assessment normally takes 4 – 5 hours to complete. Plan your schedule
      accordingly.
   • All students are required to take the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) prior to taking
      their initial test.
   • Students needing ADA testing accommodations should contact the Disability
      Services office at 214-860-2411.
   • Retests cost $10.00 per section. Students may retest as many times as needed.
      (There is no cost for Dual Credit students for the first two attempts)
   • Bring student ID, pen, pencil, and Scantron forms (if needed) as designated by the
      instructor
   • Do not bring food or drink
   • Do not bring children – they cannot be left unattended in the lobby

Bookstore
• Buying vs leasing: books that are purchased may be traded in provided that the
  particular edition is to be used in the next semester. Leased books are returned at the
  end of the semester.
• The Library has “reserve” books which are loaned for 2 hours use inside the library and
  are not a substitute for acquiring a personal copy
• Electronic textbooks: some textbooks are available electronically, either on a disk or via
  download from a website.
• “Open” textbooks: The College is encouraging faculty to adopt textbooks that are
  authored by the academic community and are free to students. Depending upon the
  distribution mechanism many of these books may be ordered in print or may be printed
  locally.

Computer Lab
Located in Room A-435 on our Main Campus and Room W- 146 on our West Campus.
Both labs provide computers for students to complete assignments and other coursework.
A few computers may be specially configured for certain courses.

Library
 Dual Credit students have access to both libraries (Main Campus & West Campus). A
 DCCCD student photo ID is required to check out any material. Both locations provide
 assistance to students working on assignments. The libraries also have an online
 presence through the “Ask a Librarian” link on the web and through online research
 guides.

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Locations:
          • Main Campus Library / 801 Main Street / Building B, Room 200
          • West Campus Library / 3330 N. Hampton / 1st Floor

•   Ask a Librarian is available at https://www1.dcccd.edu/library/lrcinfo
•   Research guides are available at http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/

Other resources available from the library include book loans from other DCCCD libraries,
quiet study spaces, access to online databases, group study rooms, access to journals and
magazines, and wi-fi access for laptops. Printing and copying equipment is available at
each location and 3D printing is available at the Downtown Main Campus location.

Dual credit student may request book delivery to their high school campus by going
through the high school library. There is no charge for the service. Books are loaned for 3
weeks with one renewal possible.

Learning Center
ECC Learning Centers provides tutoring services, assists with improving learning skills,
and helps connect instructor requirements with appropriate resources. The center also
provides TSI test preparation workshops for reading and writing.
         • Locations:
                o Main Campus / Room A-350 & West Campus / Room A-146
The Center provides study space, supplemental instruction to encourage better
understanding, group tutoring, and online tutoring.

The online location is:
http://libguides.elcentrocollege.edu/LearningCenter

Counseling/Advisement
Academic Advising is offered at both campuses and students are welcome to talk with
advisors to assist in planning coursework that follows completion of dual credit programs.
         • Locations:
                o Main Campus Advising / Room A-110 / West Campus Advising / First
                     Floor Appointments are required to meet with an advisor and
                     appointments can be made online at
                     https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/ElCentroCommunityCollege
                     1@dcccd.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

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Career Services
Career Services is Room A071 (the basement of Main Campus A Building). Resources are
provided to help choose a career and to match careers to student interests.

Other resources include:
         • Job listings
         • Individual career counseling
         • Resume help
         • Mock interviewing
         • On-campus recruiting
         • Internships

Accommodations & Modifications (Students with Disabilities/ADA)
The Disability Services Office at El Centro College offers a variety of accommodations for
students with disabilities or special requirements. Services are coordinated to fit individual
needs and may include:

•Sign language interpreting
•Computer-aided real-time translation (CART) services
•Note-taking services
•Reader/scribe services
•Use of assistive technology
•Loan of specialized equipment such as audio tape recorders and talking calculators
•Providing large-print materials

Accommodations refer only to services designed to provide equal access for students with
disabilities. DCCCD is required to provide services for students who self-identify to DSO,
qualify for accommodations, and have submitted appropriate documentation.

Modifications, however, alters a course’s curriculum and/or academic rigor. DCCCD is not
required to change or lower the essential requirements of a class, nor can we modify the
curriculum for a student. Examples of modifications are multiple test attempts, less
homework, reduced test rigor, etc. Dual Credit classes must reflect college-level work
usually required of all college students; therefore, students receiving accommodations are
expected to adhere to all attendance and grade guidelines, drop deadlines, and policies as
noted in the course syllabus and DCCCD Student Code of Conduct.

Students with disabilities attending college have a right to appeal decisions concerning
physical and academic accommodations by submitting a written petition to the designated
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator. For more information, contact the
Disability Services Office.
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If you have a diagnosed disability and are enrolled in Dual Credit courses at El Centro
College, you may be eligible for services through the Disability Services Office.

All Dual Credit students with a disability requesting accommodations must provide
documentation of disability and be found eligible through the Disability Services Office
(DSO). Eligibility for services at the high school level does not always ensure that students
will meet the criteria to receive accommodations in a college credit course.

Additionally, college accommodations are not decided upon based on services received in
high school. Note that college accommodations may differ from course modifications
provided on the high school campus.

Read the steps for requesting services.
The location of the Dual Credit course determines who is responsible for providing
academic accommodations authorized by El Centro College. Specific accommodations on
the high school campus requiring classroom personnel or technology will be authorized by
the DSO and provided by the high school. Accommodations for courses offered on the
college campus will be provided by the college.

Disability Services Office Contact Information:
Email: 5dso@dcccd.edu
Phone: 214-860-2411
Fax: 972-682-7016
Relay Phone: 469-522-2963
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm

Grade Dispute
Dual Credit students have the right to appeal their grades if they feel that his/her grade
does not accurately reflect class performance. The student should discuss the problem
with the instructor first, then go to the division dean if the situation is not resolved and they
have received an unfair grade in a course. Students may file the dispute individually, or if
they choose to do so, collectively as a group to advocate for their grade.

Students who wish to dispute a credit course grade may sequentially follow the steps below
unless the dispute is resolved at a preceding step:

1. Discuss the dispute with the instructor who awarded the grade.
2. Discuss the dispute with the appropriate division dean.
3. Make the appeal in writing to the appropriate vice president.
4. The appeal should be made in writing, to the president of the college, whose decision is
final.

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Follow the link for more information on grade disputes:
https://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Download/358?filename=FLDB(LOCAL).pdf&filename=FLDB(LO
CAL).pdf

Transcript Request
Dual Credit students are able to request an unofficial and official transcript from the
Admissions/Registrar’s Office.

Your transcript will show the following information:
• A chronological listing of all credit courses taken within the colleges of DCCCD
• Texas Success Initiative (TSI) status
• Texas Core Curriculum information
• Institution previously attended
• Degrees and certificates earned
• Texas Field of Study curriculum information
• Academic status
• Grade point average (GPA) — both GPA (1) and GPA (2) (see the catalog for more
  information about GPAs and grades)
• Overall hours earned
• Accreditation information
• A list of all credit courses that you have taken at the colleges of DCCCD, your academic
  status, transfer work, and GPA can be viewed on “My Advising Report” (login required)
  in eConnect.

Syllabus
College instructors expect all Dual Credit students to review their class syllabus (a guide
identifying specific course requirements) daily for assignment information and due dates.
Should you have any questions, you should contact your instructor immediately.

Office of Student Life
To fully support the “whole person” the College offers a program of clubs and engaging
social opportunities. Dual credit students are welcome to participate in programs when
they are on campus. If logistics such as transportation to campus permit, dual credit
students may also belong to clubs. Some activities may require students to present a
college ID to participate. As students transition into taking courses on campus they are able
to take part in Intramural sports, attend campus speaker presentations and seminars, and
join student leadership programs.

       •   Location: Main Campus / Room B-270

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TAKING DUAL CREDIT CLASSES: GRADES AND ACADEMIC STANDARDS

What is the grading scale for Dual Credit classes?

Although professors may use varying methods of calculating student grades, grades in Dual Credit
are recorded on your DCCCD transcript according to the following scale:

   •   A – Excellent
   •   B – Good
   •   C – Average
   •   D – Poor
   •   F – Failing
   •   W - Withdrawn – has no GPA value, but shows class was dropped from schedule
   •   I - Incomplete – granted by your professor only in extreme circumstances; work must be
       completed by the end of the semester following initial class enrollment.

The grades, academic standing, and grade point average (GPA) that you earn in your Dual Credit
courses will become a part of your permanent academic record and will follow you after high school
graduation. Student academic performance in Dual Credit classes may affect future college
admissions and financial aid eligibility.

What is considered a passing grade?

Grades of C or better are considered passing grades (check with your high school counselor
regarding your high school’s policy regarding Ds). Dual Credit students are held to the same
academic standing requirements as regular college students and must maintain a 2.0 GPA (out of a
4.0) scale. Your GPA is recalculated at the end of each semester to reflect new coursework
completed. The GPA is used to determine a student’s academic standing:

   •   Good Academic Standing (GOOD): Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
   •   Academic Probation (PROB1): Cumulative GPA is less than 2.0. A student may also be
       placed on Academic Probation if he/she withdraws from too many classes. A student will
       remain on Academic Probation until the cumulative GPA rises above a 2.0. Students must
       pass all courses with a C or better while on Academic Probation.
   •   Suspension (SUSP): Student was already on Academic Probation due to an overall GPA of
       less than 2.0. Student earned a grade of D or lower in a course during Probation. Student is
       ineligible to register for courses for the following semester.

NOTE: If your school district allows a “D” as a passing grade for high school credit, the college grade
earned is what goes on your DCCCD/college transcript. Even though you may earn high school
credit, you can be placed on Dual Credit probation/suspension and jeopardize your
admissions/financial aid eligibility. Students will not be allowed to take the second course in a
sequence or courses listing the first course as a pre-requisite if a D is made in the first course (i.e. a
student who makes a D in ENGL 1301 will not be allowed to enroll in ENGL 1302). Students must
retake the course (at the expense of the student) and earn a C or better to move forward in the
sequence.
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