About the Dual Credit Program

Photo of Lake Fred at StocktonThe mission of the Dual Credit Program at Stockton University is to provide a community service to college-bound high school students, giving them a jump-start on college by providing the opportunity to earn college credits and complete high school course requirements simultaneously.

This is a national mandate, an endeavor carried out in numerous states throughout the nation. In 2009, New Jersey statute charged the commissioner of the Department of Education, the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the President's Council with the task of establishing a program to provide courses for college credit to high school students. New Jersey’s dual enrollment programs intend to increase access to postsecondary education for the state’s high school students.

Stockton University is one of New Jersey’s 11 public institutions of higher learning charged with carrying out this mandate to build strong partnerships with high schools and serve to bridge the gap in support of high school student preparation and success in college.

Dual credit agreements between Stockton University and participating high schools are set up with the best interests of high school students in mind. They are: to articulate the standards for dual credit course quality, to require a rigorous curriculum and high instructor qualifications, and to ensure that the dual credit courses offered are as rigorous as those offered on campus at Stockton University.

Research has shown that students who take dual credit college classes during high school are more likely to earn high school degrees, enroll full time in a four-year college, and persist than high school students without college experience. Students who receive college credits during high school have higher college grade point averages, higher college credit accrual rates and increased attainment of college degrees. It is Stockton University’s mission through its partnership with high schools to help students prepare for success in college by exposing them to university level material and providing them the advantage of making progress toward a college degree in a timely and affordable way.