Dual Credit

MP910220860[1]Truman State University is engaged in a limited number of partnerships with individual school systems to offer dual credit or other concurrent enrollment opportunities to high school students.  At present, Truman’s only active dual credit program is in Calculus I and II.  Truman is looking to expand these relationships on a school-by-school basis as school needs warrant.  If your school is interested in starting a dual credit program, please contact Dr. Kevin Minch, Associate Provost for more information.

If you or your school are interested in participating in Truman’s Competency-Based Mathematics Program (College Algebra and Plane Trigonometry) click here. This program is not a traditional dual-credit program but affords similar opportunities for students to earn high school credit and schools to earn MSIP credit.

Academic Calendar for Dual Credit 2019-2020 

Includes all Dates for Enrollment, Drops, Payments, and Refunds

Current Dual Credit Partnerships

  • MATH 198 – Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
    • Kirksville High School
    • Smithville High School
  • MATH 263 – Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
    • Kirksville High School
    • Smithville High School
Applying For Dual Credit Programs

Your school will receive instructions from the Institute for Academic Outreach regarding how to apply for your specific dual credit program.  In most cases you will either be presented with a paper application or you will be directed to a customized online application.  In either case you will be asked to sign a statement acknowledging that you understand the dual credit policies as they apply to your school.  Because most dual credit students are minors, your parents will be required to sign as well.

Dual Credit Registration Packet

Each school will vary somewhat in its conditions, but for samples of the registration forms you can review our Model Registration Packet for Dual Credit.  Areas highlighted in yellow change each semester.  If you haven’t received a registration packet from your school, contact your teacher.

Dual Credit Application Process

Returning students (who have taken dual credit from Truman before):

Use the same email address and password you did when you applied previously.

If you don’t remember what your password is you can still get in!  On the page that loads after you click the link on the next step, click the “Email Your Password” link at the bottom of the page to have your password sent to the email address you used when you last applied.

If you don’t remember your password and you no longer have access to the email address you used when you applied last time, you can follow the instructions for new dual credit students below to create a new account.

New students:

  1. After you click the application link below, click the “Create a New Account” link on the page that loads.
  2. Fill out every field and read the notes below:
  • The password you create on this screen is only for logging into the application, it is not the password for your student account at Truman (you will receive information about setting that password later in your personalized Instruction Sheet that you will get from your high school teacher.)
  • Make sure your password is something you will remember or write it down in a secure place where you will remember where to find it – if you take another class from Truman later, you will need to fill out this application again using the same email address and password to log in then to.
  1. Click the “Create Account” button.
  2. Log into the application on the next page with the email address and password that you just chose when you created your account.

About The Application:

On the “Personal Information” page of the application:

  • Put your full legal name on your application (not your nickname) and check to make sure you typed it in correctly.
  • Please DO include your Social Security Number – all 9 digits without dashes (e.g.: 123456789 NOT 123-45-6789)

Why do I have to supply my social security number?  Isn’t that unsafe?

  • Truman State University requires it for tax reporting purposes.  Your parents will actually get a statement allowing them to claim this tuition on their income taxes.
  • It will save you from having to do several additional steps later.  Your Social Security number must be on file before before transcripts will be released.
  • Your social security number is managed securely through our online application process.
  • If you still don’t feel quite right about including your social security number on your application, you can go to this site after you’ve applied and enter your social security number through a separate, secure portal.

Click here to complete your online application.

Academic Calendar for Dual Credit 2019-2020

Dropping or Withdrawing

If you intend to drop a course, or withdraw from all courses in which you are enrolled, please consult the important dates on the Calendar linked above to see if you qualify.  A copy of this calendar, along with a statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, was included in your registration packet before you enrolled.

If you wish to initiate drop or withdrawal, please complete this form and return it to the Institute for Academic Outreach at institute@truman.edu (preferred), Fax it to (660) 785-7202 or mail it to:

Truman State University
Institute for Academic Outreach
100 E. Normal Ave., McClain Hall 303
Kirksville, MO  63501

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:    What is dual credit?

A:    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education defines Dual Credit as:  “postsecondary courses that are taught on the high school campus.  These courses are taught by qualified instructors as defined by The Coordinating Board for Higher Education and are of the same quality and rigor as all other college courses available to regular college students.”  Typically this means courses are being taught at the high school by a high school teacher on behalf of the college or university.

Q:    How is dual credit different than dual enrollment?

A:    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education defines Dual Enrollment as: “high school students taking postsecondary classes and who are physically present on the postsecondary education campus for those classes.”  Typically, for students working with Truman, a dual enrollment class would be a course taken in the evening, on the weekend, or during the summer as a non-degree seeking student.  However, Truman also offers several online and competency-based based courses that are considered dual enrollment.  These include our Competency-Based Mathematics Program, our Competency-Based Computer Science Program, and our Online Dual Enrollment course in Introductory Biology.

Q:    What is competency-based credit?

A:    In the Truman State University context, a competency-based course is a course in which students are given credit for demonstrating they have met the learning objectives of the course (fulfilled specific, measurable competencies) by completing one or more tests that demonstrate completion.  Truman’s Competency-Based Mathematics Program is offered in partnership with several high schools to deliver this sort of experience in College Algebra and Plane Trigonometry.  Truman also offers Introduction to Computer Science using a similar model.  From the perspective of DESE, “School districts may award high school credit to students upon demonstration of mastery of the competencies for a particular course.  School districts wishing to award credit based on demonstration of a mastery of the course competencies must notify DESE.  School districts must assure that the expected level of performance would demonstrate that a student has mastered the course competencies and may receive credit for the class.”

Q:    Who is eligible for dual credit?

A:    According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education:  “The eligibility of high school students to participate in dual credit courses may vary in accordance with the admission standards of the college or university offering the courses in the high school. For all institutions, however, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent and be recommended by the high school principal or his or her official designee.  High school students must also meet the same requirements for admission to individual courses (e.g., English or mathematics) as those required of on-campus students (e.g., ACT, ASSET, or other placement test scores). Specific placement tests may not be required for admission to some college courses; however, if the high school administers a competency assessment in an area related to the dual credit course, high school juniors and seniors must score at proficient or above on the MAP or achieve an equivalent score on a comparable assessment. Performance on the MAP or a related assessment test should be verified in the high school principal’s or official designee’s recommendation that the student participate in a dual credit course.  High school juniors and seniors who meet the above requirements will be eligible for dual credit courses. Under special circumstances, freshmen and sophomores with superior academic talents may take dual credit courses. Freshmen and sophomores must demonstrate their competency by scoring at the 90th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT. Moreover, the recommending high school counselor and the college academic department official must concur that a younger student can benefit from dual credit in the specific course and learn at the collegiate level.

Q:    How much does it cost to take a dual credit course?

A:    Truman dual credit courses are $85 per credit hour.  Truman competency-based courses (MATH 156 and MATH 157, through the Competency-Based Mathematics Program and CS 170 through the Competency-Based Computer Science Program) are typically $85 per credit hour.  The same price is used for Online dual enrollment courses targeted at high schools, such as our Introductory Biology course.

Q:    What if my child wants to take the high school course, but not the college course?

A:    Under the policies of the State of Missouri, a student enrolled in a dual credit section at their high school must be afforded the same educational experience regardless of whether they elect to take the course for Truman credit or not.

Q:    Is the dual credit transferable to colleges other than Truman? 

A:    Yes.  Because the credit is Truman credit it should be accepted anywhere in the state that transfers the “42-hour block” of general education requirements.  However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to interact with the institution they plan to transfer credit to in order to assure its transferability.

Q:  Does Truman accept dual credit transferred from other colleges and universities?

A:  The State of Missouri encourages colleges and universities to accept dual credit beyond the equivalent of five courses, a standard with which Truman fully complies.  There is no specified limit on the number of these courses that can be transferred, however, courses are compared to various Truman courses to establish equivalency for meeting graduation requirements.  For a detailed explanation of Truman’s transfer policies pertaining to dual credit, as well as access to an equivalency table, visit this site.

Q:    If my child takes a dual credit course from Truman, do they have to attend class only when Truman is in session?

A:    They are required to attend class when their high school is in session.  When their high school is on break, the course will not convene.  When Truman is on break, however, high school classes will still meet.  While every effort is made to match the scheduling of content and assessments at the local school to those of the University, typically there are more hours of direct contact between the local teacher and students than there would be in a college course.

Q:    Do Truman faculty/staff tuition discounts apply to dual credit?

A:    No.  Faculty and staff discounts only apply to regular Truman tuition.

Q:    What if my child starts the class and doesn’t like it?  Can they get a refund?  Can they quit without a penalty?

A:    Because school districts have different calendars than Truman’s we have adapted a calendar specific to dual credit that provides comparable opportunities to drop, withdraw, and get refunds.  Normally, Truman students register months in advance of their classes and must drop their courses before the semester begins if they wish to get a refund.  Since that option is not available to dual credit students, we have set a simple 100% refund date a few weeks into the course.  Students who withdraw after that date will not be eligible for a refund, but may withdraw under certain circumstances.  Withdrawals typically result in a “W” being placed on the transcript.  After a certain point in the term, students who are failing at the time they withdraw will receive a “WF” on their transcript.  You can access the calendar for the program here:  Calendar for Dual Credit 2018-2019

Q:    If my child is doing well in the dual credit section, but has not enrolled, can they later enroll for credit?

A:    No.  This is prohibited by state policies.  Students must enroll like any other student in order to receive credit.

Q:    Is a dual credit course more challenging?

A:    Dual credit courses are college-level learning experiences.  Consequently, students should be prepared for these experiences and the work that these experiences entail.  Typically, college students should spend at least two hours working outside of class for every one hour they spend in the classroom.  Thus, for a three-credit class, students will probably spend at least six additional hours working outside of class on homework each week.  In more challenging subjects, the number of hours required will vary.  Truman is known for its academic rigor, and students should expect Truman dual credit courses to reflect comparable rigor.  Students engaged in dual credit courses should be students who are committed learners, performing at the top of their class, who are seriously interested in pursuing a college career.

Concurrent Enrollment Students
Rights and Responsibilities

Students enrolled in concurrent enrollment programs through Truman State University (including all credit-bearing dual credit, dual enrollment, and competency-based education programs) are considered non-degree seeking undergraduate students and, like regular students, are bound by the same policies as their on-campus peers.

As university students, students are expected to take responsibility for meeting published deadlines, paying tuition and fees, and abiding by Truman policies and procedures.  Where polices have been adapted to reflect the calendar at students’ high schools or because of their status as a minor (if applicable), these policies are communicated to students in writing at the time of registration.  Students should be sure to read these materials carefully.  All students should make a point of reading the syllabus for their course before they begin.  If you are a student who does not have a syllabus, ask your teacher or contact the Institute for Academic Outreach at institute@truman.edu.

If parents share responsibility, or have assumed responsibility, for paying the tuition and fees for a student’s participation in one or more Truman courses, we highly recommend that students share with their parents information about deadlines and policies as the student will ultimately be accountable for them.

As a student of Truman State University one is expected to abide by the Student Conduct Code, which includes policies pertaining to academic dishonesty and non-discrimination.  Students can also find detailed information about other Truman policies and procedures in the University Catalog.  Links to both of these sites can be found at https://institute.truman.edu/dualcredit/.

The standard mode of communication for University business is e-mail.  All Truman students, including non-degree seeking students, are issued a Truman network ID and instructions for setting-up a password upon enrollment.  Students who will not use the associated email account regularly are encouraged to view their email in Truview, where they can also access their tuition bill and other student records.  Students are responsible for monitoring their email on a regular basis for communications from the University regarding upcoming deadlines, policy updates, and reminders about unpaid bills, among other communications.

Should students wish to appeal decisions relating to these policies, including their grade in a course, they should begin by raising their concerns with their class instructor/professor.  Concerns that cannot be addressed by their instructor/professor, or appeals of decisions made by their instructor/professor, should be directed to the Institute for Academic Outreach at institute@truman.edu or 660-785-5384.  If the appeal is more appropriately handled by another support office of Truman State University, the Institute will help direct the student to the office or individual with whom they need to communicate.

The Institute for Academic Outreach is open to answer questions from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday, except during published University holidays.  After hours inquiries can be left on voicemail or emailed to the address indicated above for follow-up the next business day.  The IT Service Center is available to handle questions related to network access, passwords, and the Blackboard learning management system during regular operating hours of Pickler Memorial Library, which includes many late evenings and weekend hours.

We look forward to helping all students have a successful learning experience.