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Texas Higher Ed Official Concerned About Dual Credit Courses

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

DUAL CREDIT COURSES IN TEXAS-  If you’re a parent  living in Texas  and you have a teenager  taking  dual-credit classes  in  high school  that give college credit,  you’ll want to pay attention to this next story.   Raymund Paredes  is  the  Lone Star state’s Commissioner of Higher Education,  he told  public radio's KERA  there’s  a  study  that  will  look at dual-course’s  costs  and  effectiveness  and  how  academically rigorous  those  courses  are.   “We have to get at the issue of whether the levels of rigor – although they are pretty much the same – are high enough to enable students to do college-level work.” 

Credit Courtesy: Tx Higher Ed Coord Board
Courtesy: Tx Higher Ed Coord Board
Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has teamed up with the RAND Corporation and American Institutes for Research to conduct the study, which began last year with the first phase. Paredes has talked about whether some high school students are ready to take college-level courses. And he's worried about the kind of advice students are getting. 

“We are concerned about transfer issues being more complicated as a result of all the dual credit courses students are taking. We know we have to improve advising. It still comes primarily (from) high school advisors rather than college or university advisor.” 

Paredes says it would be good to get more college advisors involved. That way, students know which dual credit courses will prepare them for their majors.

Another portion of the report will look at how many kids who take  these courses finish high school and go to college.  “So we might be able to determine whether there’s a point at which dual credit really enhances college completion and below that threshold there might be less of an impact.” 

The study will be presented to the state’s Higher Education Coordinating board when it meets next Thursday.         

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.