The New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Higher Education Department collaborate, coordinate, and drive college and career readiness.
Every New Mexico high school student has the opportunity to enroll in college courses through the Dual Credit (DC) Program. The DC Program provides access to academic and career and technical education (CTE) courses that deliver simultaneous credit toward high school graduation and a postsecondary degree or certificate. College courses are offered for dual credit based upon agreements between high schools and accredited public colleges.
While most students take basic core courses such as English, history, math, and social science, coursework may include subjects such as culinary arts or criminal justice, depending on the student’s Next Step Plan and the various degree plans offered by each college.
Dual credit courses are accessible to students with a range of academic and career aptitudes. Research studies on dual credit participation have shown that dual credit enrollment contributes to improved academic performance. Students who take dual credit courses perform well in their courses, graduate from high school at a higher rate than their peers, require less first-semester remediation in college, and are more likely to obtain a college degree within four years.
New Mexico state law (NMAC 6.30.7) requires public colleges to waive tuition for students; mandates that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) purchase instructional materials for students, and expects students and parents to cover course fees and transportation expenses.
LEAs are public school districts, state authorized charter schools or Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. The New Mexico State Legislature appropriates money to the Public Education Department (PED) each year to offset the cost of instructional materials. The PED distributes the appropriation to LEAs though a formula that considers student school enrollment and prior year student dual credit course enrollment. Through this allocation the PED supports student success and dual credit.
There are numerous links to dual credit resources on this page. The resources are organized into two main categories¬ – information about dual credit operation and practice within the State of New Mexico and information about dual credit foundations, operation, and practice within the United States. The links provide detailed information about most dual credit topics.
Everyone wins when we become better informed consumers of educational resources.
Dual Credit Council Webinars for School Year (SY) 2016-17
- DC Webinars Schedule and Agenda
- Dual Credit Instructional Materials Webinar
- Dual Credit Changes Webinar
Dual Credit Council Meeting Resources
Dual Credit Council Recommended Changes
- Executive Summary of Recommended Dual Credit Changes
- Stakeholder Feedback Summary on Recommended and Proposed Changes
- 2016 Dual Credit Council Members
Dual Credit Annual Reports
District Dual Credit Appendices
Dual Credit Administrative Rule and Legislation
Dual Credit Required Forms
- Request for Reimbursement Worksheet (RfR) (updated April 2016)
- Dual Credit Request Form (revised January 2018)
- Sample Dual Credit Master Agreement
- Master Agreement Development Process
- Appeal Process | Appeals Form
Dual Credit Instructional Materials Request for Information (RFI)
- Dual Credit Instructional Materials (DCIM) FY 2017 Allocation Guidelines
- Dual Credit 2016–2017 PowerPoint (PDF)
Dual Credit Resources
- Secondary and Post-Secondary Course Crosswalks:
- Student Frequently Asked Questions
Dual Credit Administrators
- Marc Duske
- Need a STARS ID for Dual Credit courses?
- Contact Dyanne Salazar
- NM Higher Education Department