Information for Institutions of Higher Education
The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program (CDEP) is offered within the public higher education system in Massachusetts. To be eligible for CDEP funding, a community college, state university, or University of Massachusetts campus must plan and develop dual enrollment opportunities with the following guidelines:
- Offer a variety of college-level courses in multiple disciplines.
- Focus efforts to enroll qualified students with particular emphasis on potential first-generation college students, low-income students, and students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
- Provide college orientation to familiarize dual enrollment students, their parents/guardians, and high school staff with the expectations of college and the services that are provided, such as financial aid opportunities and the college application process.
- Expand dual enrollment opportunities by including as many qualified students as possible based upon available state funding and in-kind contributions
Please note that students who are not first-generation college students, low-income students, or interested in STEM fields are also eligible to participate.
For more specific program requirements, please see the 2011 CDEP Request for Proposals (.DOC).
Participating students may enroll in credit-bearing, college-level courses that:
- Are listed in the participating institution's course catalog;
- Count for no less than three credit hours;
- Are taught by college faculty;
- Qualify under the MassTransfer Block, which includes the disciplines of behavioral and social sciences, humanities and fine arts, natural or physical science, English composition/writing, and mathematics/quantitative reasoning; or are within the disciplines of computer science, technology, or engineering; and
- Take place on campus, online, or at a high school.
Ineligible courses include:
- Remedial/developmental courses (including ESL courses).
- Non-credit courses.
- Physical education, fitness, or recreation courses.
- First-year orientation.
- Courses that count for less than three credit hours.
Students must receive college and high school credit, documented on their college and high school transcripts, for the courses that they successfully complete. Institutions of higher education and high schools are responsible for establishing agreements that ensure that high school students receive credit from both the college and the high school for courses taken as part of CDEP. Students may be asked to collect signatures of college and high school administrators for this purpose.
The high school may count the CDEP course either as an elective or a required course. Participating IHEs and high schools are responsible for establishing written agreements that ensure that high school students receive credit from both the college and high school for courses completed as part of CDEP. Although not a requirement, the Department of Higher Education and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education suggest grades earned from CDEP courses are configured into the high school GPA and weighted the same as Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Participating students must meet the following eligibility guidelines:
- Be a Massachusetts resident.
- Be enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 in a Massachusetts public secondary school or non-public school, including home school.
- Meet all course prerequisites per the policies of the participating campus.
- Have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or demonstrate their potential for academic success through submission of evidence of steadily improving high school grades, high class rank, special talent, strong grades in the field of the CDEP course, strong recommendations, etc.
- May not have earned a high school diploma or GED.
Students who meet eligibility guidelines are not guaranteed participation. Participation is at the discretion of the participating institution of higher education and subject to capacity constraints.