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Dual Credit Program - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois

Dual Credit

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do Lake Land College dual credit courses transfer to
        other institutions?
YES! While you may have taken the courses in a high school building, dual credit classes are Lake Land College courses and will appear as such on your permanent academic transcript. With very few exceptions, you should have no problem transferring courses. Any difficulties in transferring courses should be reported to the Dual Credit Program.

How do I let other colleges and universities know that I already
        have earned college credit?
Dual credit classes are Lake Land College courses and will appear as such on your permanent Lake Land College academic transcript. When you’re ready to transfer to another institution, you can request that an official transcript be sent to the institution of your choice by contacting the Admissions and Records Office or through your IRIS account.

Why do some high schools offer more dual credit courses
        than others?
While we would like to offer the same dual credit courses to every high school, we must follow guidelines. The Illinois Community College Board, the Higher Learning Commission, and the Lake Land College Board Policy are specific about college instructor credentials. For that reason, only those instructors meeting the minimum requirements are approved to teach dual credit. Some high schools have more dual credit-approved instructors than others.

Why can some high school faculty teach dual credit,
        but others cannot?
We know that your high school is staffed by excellent teachers. But the Illinois Community College Board, the Higher Learning Commission, and the Lake Land College Board Policy are specific about college instructor credentials. For that reason, only those instructors meeting the minimum requirements are approved to teach dual credit.

Why are students at some schools charged for dual credit courses
        while others are not?
Lake Land College does not charge students for dual credit courses offered at your high school. Lake Land College does, however, charge a Dual Credit Fee to our partner high schools. Some high schools, in turn, charge the students for this fee. Lake Land College does charge tuition and fees to students that enroll in dual enrollment classes on campus, at an extension center, or online. Some high schools will cover the cost of tuition and fees for their students while others do not. Check with your high school to find out which costs will be covered by the high school and for which the student will be responsible.

What is the difference between dual credit, dual enrollment,
        and AP courses?

Dual Credit - Dual credit courses are college-level courses offered to high school students. These courses are usually taught in the high school by a qualified high school instructor. Upon completion of those courses, the student will receive a grade on his/her academic transcript at both Lake Land College and the respective high school.

Dual Enrollment — In some cases, high school students enroll in courses at Lake Land College, an extension center, or online. Upon completion of the course, the student receives college credit. The high school makes the determination whether these courses can be offered for high school credit.

Advanced Placement — AP courses are high school courses in which students can receive college credit after successful completion of an AP exam. The exam is administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. A maximum of 15 hours of AP credit can be used toward graduation.

For more information about Lake Land credit through AP coursework, visit www.lakelandcollege.edu/generalinfo/academicstandards/advanced_placement.htm. Dual credit, dual enrollment, and AP courses can all be valuable to students.

I’m taking a dual credit course this year, but it doesn’t show up
        on my schedule, it didn’t appear on my dual credit letter, or
        I didn’t receive a dual credit letter.
If a dual credit course takes place over an entire academic year, it will not show up on your schedule and you will not receive a letter about the course from the Dual Credit Program until the spring semester. While you will be graded for an entire year’s work, you will only receive one semester’s credit for the course.

I’m taking a dual enrollment course this semester but it didn’t
        appear on my dual credit letter.
Only dual credit courses will appear on your Dual Credit Program welcome letter. Both dual credit and dual enrollment courses will appear on your schedule in IRIS.

What is meant by a credit hour?
Generally, this refers to a unit of achievement (with a passing grade) based upon the number of hours a class meets during a semester. With some exceptions a class that yields one hour of college credit usually meets one hour per week and a three credit hour course usually meets three times a week for one hour.

What is meant by a “normal academic load”?
This refers to the number of courses or hours taken in a given semester. Generally, a "normal load" consists of sixteen credit hours (usually five courses) per semester. A student taking a minimum of sixteen hours each term will usually be eligible to graduate at the end of four semesters with an associate degree.

Is it advisable for me to graduate at Lake Land College before
        I transfer to a four-year college?
Most often it is to the benefit of the student to complete the Associate in Arts or Science degree at Lake Land College before transferring. This degree will usually exempt a student from the necessity of taking lower-division general study courses at the four year institution.

Is it less expensive to attend Lake Land College than public
        and private 4-year institutions?
Thousands of dollars can be saved by attending Lake Land College. Students today are trying to cut costs as much as possible without diminishing educational quality. That's why, more than ever before, students are choosing to spend the first two years at Lake Land College (which enable them to get their general education requirements completed at sizeable monetary savings) before transferring to a four year college or university.


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