UTB/TSC's Dual Enrollment Program allows eligible high school students to enroll in UTB/TSC courses while attending high school, and permits them to take courses in place of, or in addition to, the normal course load at their high school. High school students must be eligible to participate in these programs to receive UTB/TSC credit. In addition, high school students admitted into these programs must meet the same requirements as all other UTB/TSC students. UTB/TSC credit earned upon successful completion of the course may be applied toward a post-secondary degree at UTB/TSC or may transfer to other colleges and universities.
Working in collaboration with school districts and high school personnel, UTB/TSC invites well-qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Program. Students participating in Dual Enrollment receive both high school and university credit, as determined by the policy of the student's high school.
The Dual Enrollment Program builds an academic bridge to UTB/TSC, providing students and their parents with a preview of postsecondary standards and expectations while studying in a familiar high school classroom setting.
For families, this program also provides an enriching and challenging learning experience at an affordable cost. Students remain at their local school campus, enjoying the benefits of high school participation while possibly earning university-level credit.
This program also encourages collaboration between professional educators at the high school and university levels. Faculty work together to develop curricula, which meet standards set by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Curriculum content must address the identified university level competencies, as well as the learning outcomes of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS, in the Dual Enrollment Program.
Benefits to the community in developing a better prepared workforce will accrue as the Dual Enrollment Program expands. This innovative program exemplifies how UTB/TSC is fulfilling its mission to provide quality academic education in order to open pathways to satisfying careers for the youth of Cameron and Willacy Counties.