Governor Bruce Rauner
Chair Dr. Lazaro Lopez
Executive Director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board

Dual Credit

What is Dual Credit?
Dual credit is an instructional arrangement where an academically qualified high school student enrolls in a college-level course and, upon successful course completion, concurrently earns both college credit and high school credit. Dual Credit is governed by ICCB Administrative Rules (section 1501.507-11) and the Dual Credit Quality Act.

What is the impact on educational providers?
Dual credit provides highly motivated and academically qualified high school students early college credit opportunities, maximizes state and local educational resources, and provides a platform that fosters secondary and postsecondary collaboration and interdependence. By aligning program content and reducing curricular duplication, dual credit impacts the way educators, students and institutions connect. It builds on the cooperation developed through previous articulation structures and raises interaction to a higher level. Secondary-to-postsecondary program linkages are strengthened and what develops is a truly seamless program that engages faculty at both levels in the structuring, planning, and teaching of a truly integrated program of study.

Dual Credit Enhancement Grant
In fiscal years 2014, 2015, and 2017, the ICCB has offered the Dual Credit Enhancement Grant. This grant is intended to support the development, enhanced delivery, and articulation of local dual credit programs and to expand student access to higher education while maintaining high academic standards. Participating colleges are able to choose between several focus areas including the following:

  • planning and implementing dual credit offerings in disciplines, locations, or high schools where dual credit has never been conducted;
  • developing, supporting, and utilizing innovative instructional models; and
  • supporting the recruitment efforts of qualified faculty to teach dual credit and qualified students to enroll in dual credit.





Dual Credit in Illinois

McHenry County College Enhances Dual Credit Course Through Grant
The grant funds were awarded to the college through the Dual Credit Enhancement Grant for academic year 2016-2017. The funds will provide for enrichment activities for several CTE programs, including culinary arts, horticulture, and computer sciences.

Who Has Access to Dual Credit in Illinois?
Examining high school characteristics and Dual Credit participation rates.