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Dual Credit: Secondary to Post-Secondary Transitions

Prepared by John FitzGibbon, Associate Director, Transfer & Articulation, BCCAT

There has been considerable interest in British Columbia in improving secondary to post-secondary transitions, and the provincial government and secondary and post-secondary institutions have adopted a number of strategies intended to aid in successful student transition from one system to another. This paper looks specifically at the policy and practice of dual credit, i.e., granting credit at both secondary school and post-secondary institutions for completion of a single course. The report surveys the academic literature on dual credit, examines current practices in North America by type, benefit, and issues, and offers some directions to consider.

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