Module 3: Participation Requirements



Module 3: Participation Requirements

Welcome to the next module. Here will cover the Participation Requirements of Dallas College Dual Credit Programs.

Your success in Dual Credit Programs is dependent on the following:

  • College Readiness,
  • Qualifying TSI Scores,
  • Maintaining Academic Standing,
  • Declaring a Program of Study,
  • Understanding of Important Student Rights & Responsibilities,
  • Dual Credit Advising,
  • Complete Course Registration


After you’ve been successfully admitted into Dallas College, meeting the Texas Success Initiative Standards (TSI) will be your next priority. It uses assessment followed by advising and remediation to ensure that students have the skills to be successful in freshman academic coursework. The TSI is a state requirement for all Texas institutions of higher education. The TSI is applicable to students attending all Dallas College locations, including dual credit programs.

Prior to taking the TSI, you’ll need to watch the Pre-Assessment video on Dallas College’s website, complete the Pre-Assessment Activity through your eConnect account, and contact your high school or your college Dual Credit office for your next steps. It is important you are logged in to your eConnect account during your Pre-Assessment Activity for your results to be recorded. Most ECHS and P-TECH, and some dual credit programs, offer TSI testing at the high school.

TSI requires students to be assessed in reading, writing and math skills prior to enrolling in most college classes unless the student is TSI exempt or TSI waived.

Please speak to your high school counselor or dual credit office regarding specific exemption scores and qualifications.

These standards may change during Spring 2021, along with a new version of TSI (TSIA2) that will launch Spring 2021. If you need free study resources, visit

Are there exemptions for the TSI? Dual Credit students may be exempt from TSI standards based on ACT, SAT, PSAT, or STAAR EOC scores and course completion qualifications.

Please speak to your high school counselor or dual credit office regarding specific exemption scores and qualifications.

It is important to be aware of your college grades.

Students are encouraged to keep track of their grades as assignments are returned. Not all assignments are graded, but those that are should be monitored by the student.

Most college daily grades are reported in eCampus. Students should refer to this system to retrieve college grades, NOT the high school reporting system.

Unlike high school, it is normal in college courses to have only 4 graded assignments for the semester.

Students should always communicate concerns regarding grades directly with instructors.

Not doing well in your Dual Credit classes may affect your future college admissions and financial aid eligibility. Depending on your program, you may be charged for related courses.

Not doing well in your Dual Credit classes may affect your future college admissions and financial aid eligibility. Depending on your program, you may be charged for related courses.

Even though you may earn high school credit, you can still be placed on Dual Credit probation/suspension and jeopardize your admissions/financial aid eligibility.

If a student is enrolled in a sequence of courses that have prerequisites and must be completed in a particular order, that student will not be allowed to take the next course if a D is made in the first course. For example, a student who makes a D in ENGL 1301 will not be allowed to enroll in ENGL 1302.

Students must retake the course and earn a C or better to move forward in the sequence.

In addition to being familiar with your grades, it is also important to know what Academic Standing means. If a student’s GPA falls below a 2.0, they will be placed on Academic Probation and remain on probation until their GPA raises above a 2.0.

A student on probation must complete a probation contract and meet requirements to have the probation status lifted.

There are several types of academic standings:

Good standing is when your GPA (or grade point average) of 2.0 or above — this is the academic standing you want!

Probation means your GPA has dropped below 2.0

Suspension happens when you were previously on probation, but did not bring your GPA up to a 2.0

Probation 2 is when you have been readmitted to Dallas College after being suspended.

Students with this Academic standing must earn a semester GPA of at least 2.0 or they will be placed on academic dismissal.

As a college student, it’s important to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (or SAP)

The key to this is keeping a good academic standing and maintaining a 2.0 or above GPA.

You also want to make sure you are completing at least 67% of the courses you enroll in (dropping too many courses can negatively impact your satisfactory academic progress).

There is also a time frame for completing your associate degree. An Associates degree requires 60 college credit hours to complete — if you complete too many more credits than this, it can negatively impact your SAP.

What is the six-drop rule?

We mentioned dropping too many courses can negatively impact your satisfactory academic progress (or SAP). Well this is the Six-Drop Rule—a Texas law that says college students may not drop more than six classes throughout their entire undergraduate college career.

Dual credit students are exempt from this policy until high school graduation, but drops may impact future financial aid eligibility.

What happens if I’m placed on academic probation or suspension?

Probation students may continue in Dual Credit if they pass all courses with a C or better. Probation students may have additional restriction (such as no online classes, repeating failed coursework, and/or mandatory progress reports) until the cumulative GPA returns to good standing.

Suspended students are not eligible to register for Dallas college courses for a semester. Dallas College reserves the right to deny readmission to suspended Dual Credit students with a history of unsatisfactory progress.

What should I do if I am experiencing difficulties with my coursework?

If you are experiencing difficulties in a class, take ownership of your performance and exhaust every resource available to you, including:

  • Meet with instructor regularly
  • Form a study group
  • Attending tutoring
  • Access online resources in the subject area
  • If academic performance does not improve, talk with your high school counselor and college Dual Credit office about your next steps.

Next you must choose a program of study. A program of study is a guide that helps you determine what classes you need to take to earn a specific certificate or degree.

The Texas Legislature passed a law that requires you to select a program study by the time you complete 45 credit hours. If you do not select a program of study, you will not be eligible to receive an unofficial transcript.

Your Dallas College dual credit advisor can assist you in selecting your program of study. If you are a dual credit student enrolled in a P-TECH or ECHS program, your program of study should align with your pathway.

Students may have more than one program of study on file and may change their program of study. 

Now we arrive at the Core Curriculum. This is a set of courses that provides the knowledge, skills and experiences you need to succeed in college and in life. It builds a solid, but flexible, academic foundation.

Component areas of the core curriculum include communication, mathematics, life and physical sciences, creative arts, government or political science, and more.

Once you take your block of core courses (42 credit hours), with just 18 additional hours, you can earn an associate degree.

As previously mentioned, it’s a state law that students who complete the Core Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed that their courses will transfer to any Texas public college or university.

Courses you enroll in, whether or not you complete them or they transfer, are a permanent part of your transcript.

A transcript is the educational record that includes the official listing of all the courses a student completes and grades earned.

The grades, academic standing, and grade point average (GPA) that you earn in our Dual Credit courses will become a part of your permanent academic record and will follow you after high school graduation.

Grades earned can impact your GPA for scholarships and other programs. Performance in courses could impact your acceptance into 4-year institutions. It is important to take your dual credit courses seriously!

One of the greatest benefits of dual credit is you can save thousands of dollars in tuition. When you complete you Dual Credit program the college credit earned at Dallas College is transferable to public colleges and universities in Texas.

Credits may transfer to private institutions and out of state institutions.

You always want to verify with the college you plan on transferring to on whether or not they will accept your credits.

These are important Dallas College Student Rights and Responsibilities you should know about:

  • Drug Free School Act
  • Bacterial Meningitis and the state law requiring vaccinations
  • Dallas College’s Student Code of Conduct
  • Student Rights Under the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (or FERPA)
  • Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault Policy

More information about each of these can be found in the Dallas College Fast Facts Student and Employee Rights and Responsibilities on our website.

Utilizing Dual Credit Advising

As a college student, you have access to our Dallas College advisors that are trained to help you define and develop your degree plan and educational goals.

In addition, each college has a dual credit office with advisors that specifically work with dual credit students.

Dallas College advisors are available to help shape your understanding of your degree requirements and expectations.

That’s it for this module on Dual Credit and Early College High School Participation Requirements. If you need to contact a dual credit office directly at any time, make sure you reach out to your campus location.

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