Dual Credit Enrollment Surpasses 2,000 Students to Mark Historic Milestone

Feb. 4, 2013 -- More and more high school students, their families and high schools are recognizing the benefits of taking advantage of CNM’s Dual Credit program, which allows high school students to take CNM classes that count for both high school and college credit. The classes are tuition-free for participating high schools, which include Albuquerque Public Schools and Rio Rancho Public Schools.
July 16, 2015

For the current spring term, 2,019 high school students, an all-time record, are enrolled in about 2,704 classes. Many CNM dual credit students are graduating from high school with more than a year's worth of college credits on their transcripts, which are also transferable to state universities.

A state law that requires high school students to take either a dual credit class, distance learning class, honors class or advanced placement class in order to graduate has contributed to the continuing rise in enrollment. Another contributing factor is CNM’s continuing efforts to make it easier for high school students to enroll and take dual credit classes.

In the spring term, CNM started a new pilot program for the “Dual Credit in the High School” program. In the Dual Credit in the High School model, high school teachers who meet CNM’s hiring standards receive a stipend to teach a dual credit class during their regular high school hours. For dual credit students in this model, the Accuplacer test that’s normally required for all CNM students is waived, as long as the students receive approval to take dual credit classes from their high school teachers. Traditionally, students are required to score at a certain level on the Accuplacer to gain entrance into college-level courses.

“Right now it’s a pilot, so we’re going to be tracking the students who did not take the Accuplacer to see how successful they are,” CNM Assistant Director of Outreach Services Jennifer McDonald said. “Academic Affairs will evaluate the success rates and decide whether this is a model to move forward with in the future.”

The Dual Credit in the High School model allows students to take CNM classes at their high school, eliminating the challenge of commuting to CNM to take a class.

Required paperwork for students wanting to enroll in dual credit classes has also been streamlined. And there continues to be growing support for CNM’s Dual Credit program at Albuquerque Public Schools. Some high schools provide bus service to the APS Career Enrichment Center magnet school, where students can take dual credit classes.

“I think everybody is starting to get a better understanding of the value dual credit has for students,” McDonald said.

CNM dual credit classes are free to participating high schools, which includes APS and Rio Rancho Public Schools. Textbooks are also free of charge for students. For more information about dual credit, click here.