The Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting body for Illinois colleges and universities, has proposed a policy change that will have a big impact on dual credit in Illinois, allowing greater flexibility for faculty credentials to teach dual credit which can help schools expand dual credit courses amidst the ongoing teacher shortage. The proposed rules maintain that institutions of high learning will continue to review and approve faculty credentials, but it opens the door to recognizing equivalent experience and progress towards full credentials. You can read the full policy change here.
As proponents of equitable, high-quality dual credit expansion, Stand for Children Illinois applauds these proposed changes as a smart way to maintain rigor while paving the way for new instructors to earn credentials to teach dual credit. You can let the Higher Learning Commission know you support these changes by submitting public comments no later than September 18th. We have shared our letter below, which you can download and submit as is or use as a foundation for comments of your own.