Currently, students have three pathways or programs for earning college credit while still in high school. Taken together, these three existing pathways offering Oregon high school students access to early college credits form an increasingly important resource for efforts throughout the state, whether coordinated under the Eastern Promise or not, toward 40/40/20 goals.
1. Advanced Placement credit-by-exam
The first existing pathway for access to early college credits for Oregon high school students is through Advanced Placement (AP) examinations taken as the culmination of Advanced Placement courses offered in high schools.
2. Traditional dual credit
The second pathway to early college credit, traditional dual credit, entails high school students earning college credit for specific courses they are taking for their high school credit. Courses offered for dual credit at a given community college or university must:
- Be built around the specific learning outcomes for the similar post-secondary course.
- Be taught by a high school teacher who meets the specific criteria for serving as an adjunct faculty member at the relevant community college or university.
3. Expanded dual enrollment
The third pathway accessible to Oregon high school students, expanded dual enrollment, centers on offering community college and/or university courses at high schools and at post-secondary sites. This third option holds significant potential for the Eastern Promise, given the ability of EOU, BMCC, and TVCC to offer appropriate programming to rural schools via distance learning technologies.