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Reply to Ryan from Johns Creek
March 22, 2013 | 06:13 PM

Dear Ryan,

I appreciate your sharing your concerns about the Dual Enrollment Program. Though your experience may have been negative, I have evidence to suggest that the DE program has improved greatly since the time you were enrolled.

Over 900 students are enrolled in the DE program at Georgia Perimter College (GPC) alone, and over 50 colleges and universities in Georgia offer this program. A statistic from a recent GPC study shows that 90% of Dual Enrollment Alumni reported that 100% of their credits transferred to their 4-year university. Of the 10% that didn't transfer, it was because these students either didn't go to 4-year college at all, or they went out of state. GPC has a Transfer Admissions Guarantee program that assures there is a path to make sure that all credits will transfer to any public university in GA. Out of State transfers are not guaranteed, but as long as the student is responsible and takes core curriculum, it is highly probable that all classes will transfer.

I personally have been accepted to Georgia Tech and my credits will transfer. Though I will be considered a junior, this will be a non-issue at Tech. This is because there is an overwhelming amount of students in the present day that are entering 4-year college with numerous college credits already (through AP, IB, or even DE). Thus, colleges have improved their systems over the years and have inherent guidelines and processes for accepting and advising these students.

As for course overlap, I am not sure what happened in your case, but many of my courses have overlapped in HS and DE and I have been able to use college courses to satisfy my HS requirements with no issues.

I am greatly sorry for your negative experience with DE, but I want to assure potential students that many things have improved since your experience, and the DE process has become much more streamlined, and not to mention more common. If anybody has any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at virtuosobharat@bellsouth.net .

Love, Music, and Laughter,
Bharat Sanders

Bharat Sanders
Johns Creek, GA
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