This chapter discusses dual credit (DC) in its complexity, with a particular focus on how it has unfolded in Texas. It also looks at several other alternatives to Advanced Placement (AP): the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Dual credit has become a sizable part of what many Texas colleges now do—and for many it is now a vital part of their revenue stream. As a result, Texas today has more DC students than any other state, and the number is rising fast. Yet it is struggling to balance that expansion with concerns about consistency and quality across its many providers and instructors. The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships is doing its best to establish quality standards for DC programs and is keen to accredit programs that comply with those standards. As of 2018, 107 programs in twenty-two states were on that list—but none was yet to be found in the Lone Star State. Nothing is simple in the vast and varied state of Texas—and how it handles dual credit in the years ahead will, at minimum, be instructive for forty-nine other states.
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