The nation's largest regional accreditor is giving colleges more time to meet an updated requirement on dual enrollment instructors.
The Higher Learning Commission's Board of Trustees voted this month to give institutions and state higher education boards more time to come into compliance with its mandate requiring high school teachers in dual-credit courses to have a master's degree or at least 18 graduate-level credit hours, in the specialty they're teaching. HLC issued a policy clarification earlier this year.
The extension is only for dual-credit programs, but is in effect for all other college and university programs. HLC covers a 19-state Midwestern area. Minnesota and Indiana have widespread dual-enrollment programs. Lawmakers, high schools, students and colleges in those states worried the clarification would negatively affect those programs.
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