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Oregon State University welcomes and encourages students to earn college credit prior to enrolling at OSU. It is important, however, to understand how OSU accepts credit earned through the variety of ways that college credit is offered to students while they are in high school.
Educational experiences that provide high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school are known in Oregon as “accelerated learning” programs.
The state of Oregon defines these “accelerated learning” opportunities according to the definitions below.
Oregon State accepts credit earned through Dual Credit, Sponsored Dual Credit, AP, IB, and Expanded Options. Oregon State accepts credit earned through Assessment Based Learning differently, on a course-by-course basis based on evaluation by our faculty.
In Dual Credit courses, the high school teacher who teaches the course is qualified to act as a proxy faculty member for the college or university offering the credit. These courses, offered at high schools, are sufficiently similar to the college or university course so as to describe the student as “taking a course” from the postsecondary institution.
Sponsored Dual Credit
In Sponsored Dual Credit courses, a high school teacher partners with a sponsoring faculty member at a college or university to offer the course. These courses, offered at high schools, are sufficiently similar to the college or university course so as to describe the student as “taking a course” from the postsecondary institution.
Example: College Now
Assessment Based Learning Credit
In Assessment Based Learning Credit, students do not enroll in a college course, but they are provided an opportunity to earn college credit by demonstrating that they have achieved a college or university course’s learning outcomes.
Example: Willamette Promise courses
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are offered by high schools across the state.
Expanded Options programs
Expanded Options programs established by school districts provide opportunities for at-risk students to take courses at eligible postsecondary institutions. In 2005, Oregon Senate Bill 300 created the Expanded Options program to provide eligible high school students early entry into post-secondary education, with specific provisions and supports for at-risk students.