Dual Enrollment Classes Safe After Policy Reversal Decision

Superintendents statewide were relieved and elated after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges reversed its policy banning the mixing of regular high school students and college-registered high school students in college classes, which would have essentially eliminated dual enrollment courses. The policy reversal came at the Commission’s December meeting after an intensive effort on the part of VASS members to educate their community college presidents and inform the Commission about how the policy would eliminate a large number of classes whose resulting low enrollments would make them financially unsustainable forcing school divisions to eliminate the classes altogether and terminate educational opportunities available to a large number of Virginia’s students. They argued that the decision to eliminate mixing of students would be detrimental especially for underrepresented populations who benefit from gaining college credit while in high school. “We applaud the decision of the Commission to ensure that high school students can continue to get a head start on earning college credits,” said VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser.

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