Higher Education Department and Public Education Department Alignment Task Force “Aligning New Mexico’s High School Competencies with College Placement Requirements”
Every New Mexico high school student has the opportunity to enroll in postsecondary courses through the Dual Credit (DC) program. This program provides access to academic or career-technical course options that deliver simultaneous credit toward high school graduation and a postsecondary degree or certificate. Courses offered for DC stem from agreements between high schools and accredited community colleges. While most students take basic core courses such as English, history, math and social science, coursework may include areas such as culinary arts or criminal justice, depending on the student's Next Step Plan and the various degree plans offered by each community college.
Overall, dual credit courses are accessible for students with a range of academic aptitude and are contributing to improvements in academic performance. Students who have taken courses for dual credit appear to perform adequately in their courses, graduate from high school at a higher rate than their peers, require less first-semester remediation in postsecondary education, and are likely to obtain a college degree within four years.
State law requires public postsecondary institutions to waive tuition for students, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to purchase instructional materials, and students and parents to cover course fees and transportation. An LEA is a public school districts, state authorized charter schools or a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school. The New Mexico Legislature appropriates money to the PED each year to offset the cost of instructional materials. The PED distributes the appropriation to LEAs though a formula that considers student school enrollment and prior year student DC course enrollment.
Dual Credit Council Meeting Resources:
Dual Credit Annual Reports:
Dual Credit Administrative Rule and Legislation
Dual Credit Master Agreements
Dual Credit Required Forms
Dual Credit Instructional Materials Request for Information (RFI)
Dual Credit Resources
Dual Credit Administrators