DHE changes college credit policy, requires degreed instructors
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Higher Education (DHE) said Tuesday it revised Missouri's policy for classes that allow students to earn college credit while still in high school.
DHE said dual-credit classes, which are taught by instructors approved by the institution providing the course, will now be subject to stricter guidelines. In most cases, instructors must have a degree relevant to and at least one level above the subject they teach.
Rusty Monhollon, assistant commission for academic affairs at the Missouri Department of Higher Education, said, "One of the primary purposes of the revised policy is to ensure that higher education institutions across the state deliver quality, college-level instruction in innovative ways that will help prepare more students to succeed in college."
The changed policy also created an advisory board to monitor Missouri's dual credit programs and ensure the policy is being followed.
The new policy would go into effect Jan. 1, 2016.
More than 40,000 students enroll in dual credit programs each year. The classes are offered at 600 high schools in Missouri.
David Russell, Missouri commissioner of higher education, said, "Missouri has set a goal for 60 percent of working-age adults to have a degree or certificate by 2025. A comprehensive dual credit program for college-bound students can help us reach our goal."