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What is Early College Credit (ECC)?

Early College Credit (ECC) is a program involving a partnership between Blue Mountain Community College and high schools in our region which allows students to earn college credit while they are still in high school. These college credits are posted to a BMCC transcript and apply to certificates and degrees here at Blue Mountain Community College or may be transferred to another college or university.

Early College Credit allows students to get an early start toward a college certificate or degree at an amazing time and money savings.

There are a variety of ways to earn Early College Credit (ECC):

  • Dual Credit
  • Credit by Proficiency
  • Expanded Options
  • Credit by Exam
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • College-level Examination Program (CLEP)

* For more details see our BMCC Early College Credit brochure and ECC Quick Facts postcard

ECC High School Administer Information

Welcome to the Early College Credit High School Administrator Page! Here you will find the information you need to request future articulation for your instructors, to maintain current articulation and to stay abreast of any new policies and procedures relating to the Early College Credit Program.

The Early College Credit Program operates in part under the adopted Oregon State Standards for Dual Credit Programs. These standards were adopted by the Joint Boards of Education in September 2010. Dual Credit programs in Oregon are also governed by Oregon Administrative Rule 589-007-0200.

Purpose

The Early College Credit Program operates in part under the adopted Oregon State Standards for Dual Credit Programs. These standards were adopted by the Joint Boards of Education in September 2010. Dual Credit programs in Oregon are also governed by Oregon Administrative Rule 589-007-0200. Click the links below for further information on the standards and rules governing dual credit programs in Oregon. A link is also provided to the complete Program Manual for Early College Credit at Blue Mountain Community College.

Oregon State Standards for Dual Credit Programs

Oregon Administrative Rule 589-007-0200

Early College Credit Program Manual

The purpose of the Early College Credit program is to provide eligible high school students the opportunity to experience more challenging coursework and to begin earning college credit while still enrolled in high school. The Early College Credit earned in high school can apply toward certificate or associate degree programs at Blue Mountain Community College, or they may be transferable directly to other colleges and universities. With credit earned through the ECC program it may be possible to complete a certificate or degree in less time and with a substantial savings!

Instructor Approval Criteria

ECC Instructor credential requirements differ between the types of Early College Credit opportunities. Please contact our Early College Instructional Coordinator at (541) 278-5838 for more information.

Establishing New ECC Articulations

Our Early College Instructional Coordinator will work with high schools who are interested in establishing new articulation agreements and increasing the Early College Credit opportunities for their students. Please contact us at (541) 278-5838 for more information.

Process for Renewal of Existing Articulation Agreements

Each new academic year ECC Instructors will submit a course syllabus for the upcoming year to be reviewed by the college department and approved for articulation continuation. The new syllabus will reflect the current year's college course outline with the Student Learning Outcomes for the course and assessment rigor for the course.

The ECC instructors and college chairs and/or faculty will attend regular meetings for program or subject areas to review student learning outcomes, course curriculum, assessments and to share best practices among the group. Change of instructors will always require new approval if the new instructor is not already approved for the specific course being articulated.

Cost for ECC

The cost to earn BMCC credit while students are still in high school varies depending on what program they are in.

Dual Credit cost is $31 per credit, a significantly reduced rate to the standard tuition/fees for regular BMCC students (currently $96.00 per credit for in-state).

Expanded Options cost is $96 per credit and the high school would typically cover these costs.

Registering for BMCC courses on your own is charged at the standard tuition rate of $96 per credit hour.

ECC balances due may be paid online at the time of registration or at a later time, so long as it is prior to the deadline for each term (for Dual Credit see our “Dates and Deadlines", go to our BMCC 2016/17 Academic Calendar for other ECC deadlines). If an ECC account is past due a financial hold will be placed which will prevent future registration and access to BMCC transcripts until the overdue balance is paid in full.

There are a variety of ways a student or their parent can make payments on an account:

  • Pay Online Log on to the BMCC Student Wolfeb and select “Paying my bill via credit/debit card”
  • In person or by phone Visit or call our BMCC Service Center (541- 278-5759)
  • by mail Mail payment to: PO Box 100, Pendleton Oregon, 97801.

Some high schools have programs in place to pay for their students Early College Credit courses. It is up to the student and the school to communicate these arrangements.

Payment for ECC courses

If you are wanting to pay for select ECC students fees please see our ECC 3rd Party Pay Spreadsheet and billing instructions below. This process is to be completed each registration cycle.

If your students are needing to pay for their ECC fees they may pay online at the time of registration or students may pay their balance at a later time, so long as it is prior to the deadline for each semester/term (for Dual Credit see our “Dates and Deadlines", go to our BMCC 2016/17 Academic Calendar for other ECC deadlines). Accounts with a past due balance will have a financial hold placed on them which will prevent them from future registration and access to BMCC transcripts until the overdue balance is paid in full.

There are a variety of ways for students to make payments on their account:

  • Pay online- Log on to your BMCC Student Wolfeb and select “Paying my bill via credit/debit card”
  • In person or by phone- Visit or call our BMCC Service Center (541- 278-5759)
  • By mail- mail your payment to: PO Box 100, Pendleton Oregon, 97801.

Dates and Deadlines (inc. payments)

Dates and deadlines for ECC vary depending on what type of course it is. Please refer to our Dates and Deadlines for Dual Credit courses, and to the BMCC 1617 Academic Calendar for other ECC courses. 

What is ECC articulation and how does it work?

Two courses are said to be "articulated" when the high school course has the same student learning outcomes, curriculum content and rigor of assessment as the college course. Course titles may differ between the high school college-level course and the articulated college course, but the course materials, content and instructional quality are consistent with (or "articulated" with) courses offered by the community college. Because of this articulation, a student should be able to transition smoothly to the next level of college courses. For further information on students receiving dual credit in Oregon and their performance after high school, view the state-wide study conducted on Oregon students who participate in dual credit while in high school.Dual Credit in Oregon - An Analysis of Students Taking Dual Credit in High School with Subsequent Performance in College" 

Since Early College Credit courses are the result of an alignment between high school college-level courses and college courses at Blue Mountain Community College that require college-level coursework, not all high school courses are eligible for ECC articulation.

Roles & Responsibilities

Roles & Responsibilities

The High School and ECC Instructors will:

  1. Provide the College with the course and instructor information needed to assist in establishing and maintaining ECC articulation agreements and on-line registration processes.
  2. Assist the college in providing ECC information to students and parents. Make all necessary information and handouts available to students . Direct students and parents to the ECC website for information.
  3. Provide any required special education and related services to students taking ECC courses at the high school. Please note; however, that accommodations can only be made for content delivery, learning environment and manner of assessments. Student learning outcomes, course content and demonstrated mastery cannot be modified for a student to receive college credit.
  4. Appoint an ECC Liaison to act as the point of contact for your school
  5. Submit course syllabi with college required elements for all articulated courses each new academic year.
  6. Monitor student registration in their courses to assure accuracy of student registrations.
  7. Complete student grade reports on-line and within timeline required by the college.


The College will: 

  1. Partner with the high school to make students and parents aware of the ECC opportunity.
  2. Maintain an informational website for ECC and provide registration instructional information to student to assist with on-line registration.
  3. Provide the high school teacher with training and access to the college on-line grading system.
  4. Maintain student transcripts and provide online access for all ECC students.
  5. Provide information for students to obtain official student transcripts online as well as how to print unofficial transcripts from their Student Wolfweb account.
  6. Facilitate regular meetings between high school teachers and college departments.
  7. Inform ECC Instructors of faculty professional development opportunities available at BMCC.
  8. Create, maintain and make available copies of articulation agreements between the high schools and the College.

The Student will: 

  1. Contact their ECC Instructor, the high school ECC Liaison or the ECC Office if they have any questions.
  2. Create a BMCC student record and maintain this account with accurate contact information.
  3. Keep track of BMCC student account log-in information for access to student records and registration system.
  4. Complete the curriculum and assessments for ECC courses as approved by the college. If special services are needed, the student will work with the high school for these services. Reasonable adjustments in teaching methods and/or assessment delivery that do not alter the essential content of a course or program may be possible, but all students must meet the student learning outcomes and the assessment rigor of the course in order to be eligible for college credit.
  5. Register for college credit accurately and according to the posted timelines (for Dual Credit see our Dates and Deadlines, go to our BMCC 2016/17 Academic Calendar for other ECC programs).
  6. Pay the costs for ECC credits upon registration or by the payment deadline. Holds will be placed on student accounts for unpaid balances.
  7. Drop college course(s) by the drop deadline should the student decide they will not be successful in the course.
  8. Withdraw from ECC coursework within the withdraw deadline if student determines that a non-successful grade is inevitable.
  9. Check college transcript for grades and accuracy at the end of each term registered for college credit.
  10. Order official transcripts when ready to transfer credit to another college or university.

ECC Course Syllabi

 

High Schools and their teachers will work with our Early College Instructional Coordinator to ensure that each course has a syllabus that meets the criteria needed for the upcoming year. For more information regarding ECC syllabi, call (541) 278-5853

Instructor Access to On-line Course Rosters and Grade Sheets

All approved ECC Instructors will be assigned a BMCC ID Number and assistance to activate their non-faculty account. This will provide access to real-time class rosters, the on-line grading system.

Active ECC Instructors are expected to work with the ECC Office to monitor class rosters for accurate student registration. The instructor is the “gatekeeper” for checking that students register for the correct college credit and that they register for all the credit available and in the appropriate sequence.

Timelines for registration and grade posting for Dual Credit will be listed on our Dates and Deadlines page. Timelines for other ECC programs can be found at our BMCC 2016/17 Academic Calendar. Reminder e-mails to check rosters, or post grades will also be sent each term to all ECC teachers with active courses in the current term..

See our Faculty Wolftrax Resource Guide for information on how teachers access the Faculty Wolftrax for course and grade rosters, as well as other very useful faculty information.

ECC Grading Policies

Standard college grades apply to Early College Credit courses. Students will be awarded grades A-F, W or Inc. based on performance in the course and on assessments as described in the course syllabus.

Students are responsible for dropping ECC courses by the posted drop deadlines if they decide they do not want the class or grade on their transcript. If a course is not dropped by the ECC drop deadline, a student has until withdraw deadline each term to withdraw from an ECC course. After the withdraw deadline, the student is responsible for the grade earned in the class. Once a grade has been posted, a course cannot be removed from a student transcript. Please help remind students of the drop/Withdraw deadlines.

LETTER GRADE CLARIFICATION
A excellent
B good
C average
D below average
F failure
P pass Not recommended for ECC classes because of limit to number that transfer
N no pass Not recommended for ECC classes because of limit to number that transfer
I incomplete Use only if 60% or more of curriculum is completed
W withdraw Student transcript indicates “W” and is considered an unsuccessful attempt

 
Incomplete (Inc) require an expected date for completion of the curriculum and cannot be longer than 1 calendar year. With ECC students this date must stay within the 1 year time limit but also cannot exceed the high school graduation date. We encourage the timeline to be short so both student and instructor do not forget to complete and submit the final contract.

Grades posted late may affect students trying to access transcripts or transfer their credits. Please help remind your teachers to post their grades on time. Please be sure to contact the ECC staff if you have any questions regarding grades.

Change of Grade

To request a grade change for a student, teachers simply log into your BMCC faculty Wolfweb account and print the Grade Change Form. Complete and sign the form then submit by scan/email, fax or delivery to our Office of Instruction for approval (see form for contact information).

Student Information

As an ECC school it is important to know the ins and outs of the ECC program to help advise your students on whether to participate in the program or not and to help them navigate the registration process. Please become familiar with the information under the Student Profile. Only a portion of the general student information has been duplicated on this page for your convenience.

To earn college credit through the ECC program, students must complete the full course and meet the student learning outcomes and assessment rigor as approved by the college. Completing an ECC class at the high school does not automatically grant students college credit--they must register and pay the ECC costs within the deadlines to receive the college credit.

Students will be notified of the opportunity and processes to earn college credit through the Early College Credit program in several ways (ECC schools staff and teachers play an important part in this process):

  • Postcards distributed at the beginning of the year to direct students/parents to the ECC website.
  • Presentations by ECC staff at high school student/parent events, when invited by the high school.
  • Assistance by high school teachers, staff and ECC staff on how to create a student record, register and pay for their ECC courses.
  • ECC website

Helping your students to be fully engaged in the Early College Credit experience from registration to meeting educational outcomes, to verifying transcripts, will give your students their best chance to succeed.


Registration Process

Students must register for Early College Credit within the timelines for each ECC term. They will register for their ECC courses online through their Wolfweb portal. For details regarding Dual Credit see our Dates and Deadlines, go to our BMCC 2016/17 Academic Calendar for other ECC programs. No late registrations will be allowed. For assistance with creating a BMCC record, logging on to their Wolfweb account, etc. students may email earlycollege@bluecc.edu or call (541) 278-5759.

ECC Drop/Withdraw Policy

Students not doing well in ECC courses have a couple of options:

  • Drop the course before the Drop deadline.A course that has been dropped does not show up on a student’s transcript and they are not financially responsible for it.
  • Withdraw from a course prior to the Withdraw deadline.A course that has been withdrawn from will show on a student’s transcript as a “W”.This is considered an unsuccessful attempt, but does not negatively affect the Grade Point Average (GPA).
*For Dual Credit deadlines see our Dates and Deadlines, go to our BMCC 2016/17 Academic Calendar for other ECC programs. 

 

Students are responsible to drop/withdraw from ECC classes by the deadlines for each term. Late drops/withdraws are not allowed. Students may drop/withdraw from their ECC course by logging on to their Wolfweb account and selecting “Drop or withdraw from a class(es)”.

** Early College Credit by Exam is not eligible for refunds, drops or withdraws. 

Transcripts

Students have 24/7 Access to their unofficial transcript and online ordering of official transcripts through their Student Wolfweb portal. Students are strongly encouraged to review their unofficial transcript after each term of ECC registration to verify grades and courses are posted accurately. Courses are not posted to a student transcript until grades have been posted.

Student Conduct and Cheating/Plagiarism Policies

Because your students are earning both high school and college credit for the ECC classes offered at the high school, they are expected to follow student conduct policies of both the high school and the college. Student conduct policies are found on our BMCC website.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the ECC instructor is solely responsible for resolving the situation.

Financial Aid Implications

High school students are not eligible for federal financial aid at this time. The credits earned through the Early College Credit program may be considered in determining future financial aid eligibility for students. Helping students to be very intentional about the courses they take is essential. Discernment of abilities and awareness of important Early College Credit dates and deadlines will help your students on their way to a successful start to their college experience.

FERPA Privacy Policy

FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of students’ educational records.

Your students may provide a release of information to parents/guardians from their Wolfweb account. This will allow BMCC to share information with parents (or others listed by the student) as necessary.

Students with Disabilities

High schools and colleges operate under different guidelines for students with disabilities. All eligible students are allowed to participate in Early College Credit courses, but they must meet the college requirements to be eligible for the college credit. Students must complete the curriculum and assessments for ECC courses as approved by the college. Reasonable adjustments in teaching methods and/or assessment delivery that do not alter the essential content of a course or program may be possible for students with a documented disability, but all students must meet the student learning outcomes and assessment rigor of the course in order to be eligible for college credit. If special services are needed, the student will work with the high school for these services.

Contact our Disabilities Services in the Student Health & Wellness Resource Center for more information at 541-278-5965

ECC Liaisons

Each High School will designate and support an ECC Liaison to be a resource and support for ECC teacher, students and their parents. This person will receive additional training and support from the BMCC ECC staff. Their contact information will be listed at the top of the HS Course List for each school. Be sure to refer students to the site liaison if you are unable to help or don't have the information the student needs.