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Dual Studies
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Begin with Definitions


The dual studies program includes dual enrollment and dual credit courses. Both dual enrollment and dual credit allow students to receive college and high school credit for the same course. The dual studies program at Roane State is called First Class.

Due to the 2007 legislation, Public Chapter 459 and House Bill 99, a number of changes have and continue to occur in education. Therefore, the dual studies program is making adjustments to the transition.


The state P-16 Council recognizes dual enrollment as “a postsecondary course, taught either at the postsecondary institution or at the high school, by the postsecondary faculty (may be credentialed adjunct faculty), which upon successful completion of the course allows students to earn postsecondary and secondary credit concurrently. The student must meet dual enrollment eligibility under the TBR and UT policies.” The definition adopted by the council was based on legislation documented in PC 459.

The official definition for dual credit reads “a postsecondary course or a high school course aligned to a postsecondary course that is taught at the high school by high school faculty for high school credit. Students are able to receive postsecondary credit by successfully completing the course, plus passing the assessment developed and/or recognized by the granting postsecondary institution. The institution will grant the credit upon enrollment of the student.”

Dual Credit

A dual credit course is taught by high school faculty under contract with the LEA. Courses are offered at the high school or another LEA facility. College faculty cannot by definition teach a dual credit course.

Students gain college credit through successful completion of a course plus satisfying an assessment (end-of-course exam) required by the college institution. A course description is distributed to the high school teacher prior to the course to identify expected competencies assessed upon course completion. Contact the dual studies office to receive copies of the course competencies or to ask questions about course requirements.

Credit by assessment is awarded by a pass/fail grade and is less likely to be transferable to other institutions than credit awarded by letter grade, though the state is conducting some pilot programs in an attempt to facilitate the transferability of dual credit. Students taking dual credit do not apply for admission to the college nor do they pay tuition. There is an assessment fee required of $20 per semester hour to be paid at the time of testing. Credit is awarded to the student upon successful completion of the assessment and held in escrow until the time the student applies for college admission.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) courses cover an advanced curriculum taught by the high school instructor. To receive college credit, students must successfully complete the course and then take the National Advanced Placement Exam, which is given each May. While AP credit is accepted by most colleges and universities, students must score a minimum of 3, and in many cases 4 or 5 (out of a possible 5), on the exam to receive the credit. According to state officials, AP courses are not defined as dual credit.

Dual Enrollment

State definitions indicate that instructors for dual enrollment courses are postsecondary faculty or adjunct faculty. Sometimes the adjunct may also be an employee of the secondary system. All adjunct faculty must meet qualifications of the college. Dual enrollment courses may be taught at a college campus, a high school facility or via distance learning.

Roane State full-time faculty and adjuncts hired to teach dual enrollment follow the Roane State calendar, based on contract agreements. High school teachers who meet the credentials required of college faculty may also teach dual enrollment courses. They are under contract with the secondary school system and follow the LEA calendar year. If qualified high school faculty teach outside of the regular school day or are released from the school system by written agreement to teach during the planning period, the teacher will be hired by RSCC under an adjunct contract. The pay scale for adjunct faculty may be viewed in the RSCC Adjunct Handbook online at High school faculty who teach dual enrollment courses during the regular school day may not receive compensation from the college since they are already under contract with the LEA for that time. Exceptions may be made upon requests by the director of schools.

College credit is awarded to students upon successful completion of the dual enrollment course and high school credit may also be awarded. Faculty who teach dual enrollment award letter grades to students based on completion of course requirements. Credits from dual enrollment are typically transferable to other institutions. Instructors may advise students to inquire about course transferability by contacting the institution to which one plans to transfer or by contacting the RSCC Advising Resource Center at (865) 882-4597 or

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