West Virginia Board of Education approves Dual Credit Policies Giving State Students a Jump on College

September 11, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on Wednesday approved 32 county dual credit policies allowing students to earn college credits while still in high school.

Policy 2510- Assuring Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs states that county boards of education shall adopt policies that allow students to earn credit for completion of college courses and other advanced courses outside the school setting. If these courses, including dual credit courses, are used to meet graduation requirements, the county policy must be reviewed by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and approved by the WVBE.

“Our goal as a state board of education is to provide students resources as they prepare for careers and college after high school,” said WVBE President Gayle Manchin. “Dual credit courses offer a tremendous opportunity to expose students to college level work and in many cases give those students a head start on college prerequisites.”

The board approved the dual credit policies for Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Marshall, McDowell, Mineral, Mingo, Nicholas, Ohio, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Tyler, Wayne, Wetzel and Wood counties.

Research conducted by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships shows that dual credit students have a higher college participation rate than high school graduates overall; dual credit students who go on to college continue to the second year at a higher rate than freshmen who enter college without having earned dual credit; and, dual credit participants earn a higher first year grade point average.

For more information contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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