The information below serves as our online Dual Credit Instructor Handbook, which will help you as you begin the program and as you continue through your courses.
Dual Credit Instructor Responsibilities/Expectations
Congratulations on being approved as an instructor in Angelo State University’s Presidential Scholars Dual Credit program. As an instructor for an ASU course, there are expectations to uphold. The items below outline the responsibilities and expectations as an instructor of the dual credit course.
- Instructors must maintain employment with the school district for the duration of their dual credit instruction.
- Review the information and resources available to instructors in the categories below.
- Courses are taught according to the ASU academic calendar. Grades for courses must be submitted by the deadline established by ASU and may not align with the school district instructional calendar. (See Posting Final Grades below)
- Instructors may be asked to participate in course assessment requirements established by ASU, including reporting student learning outcome achievement scores and incorporation of ASU assessment activities in their coursework. (See Core Course Assessment Requirements below)
- Instructors are responsible for uploading their Curriculum Vita (CV) and course syllabus to Blackboard by the deadline provided by ASU. (See Syllabus and CV Resources below)
- Textbooks are not provided by ASU. The school district is responsible for determining the method for attaining textbooks. (See Textbook Policies below)
- Instructors must follow the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Agreement signed in the banner access request form signed prior to teaching dual credit courses. (See New Instructor Documents below)
- Students enrolled in ASU dual credit courses will have their course grade recorded on an official ASU transcript.
- Any payment received for instruction of dual credit courses will be administered by the school district. ASU does not reimburse dual credit instructors directly.
- Students will be asked to provide an evaluation of dual credit courses through the IDEA survey. This information is the property of ASU. (See Student Satisfaction Surveys below)
- Instructors are responsible for ensuring all students enrolled in courses containing a laboratory component receive lab safety training. Instructors must submit confirmation that all students have completed a lab safety training program prior to laboratory activities being conducted. (See Lab Safety Training Requirements below)
- ASU Admissions Counselors will have access to visit dual credit classrooms up to three (3) times per year for recruitment purposes. Admissions Counselors will work with the instructor and high school counselor to schedule these visits at times that accommodate both parties.(See ASU Admission Counselor Visits below)
- Students enrolling in Math and English courses must meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test score requirements. ASU Admissions will work with the school district counselor to collect student test score information.
- Students must withdraw from courses by the withdraw deadline posted in the ASU academic calendar. (See Students Dropping a Class below)
- Instructors will not provide disability accommodations (ADA) without approval from both ASU and the school district. (See Disability and Accommodations below)
- Students expressing grievance with their dual credit grade should follow the Grade Grievance procedures. (See Grade Grievances below)
- ASU administrators may visit dual credit classrooms for instructor evaluation and facility inspection/approval.
- Mentoring students is an integral part of ASU’s faculty teaching responsibilities. Instructors are expected to devote time to aiding, guiding, and counseling students outside the classroom and should publish their availability for consulting with students outside the classroom on their course syllabi.
- Students exhibiting concerning behaviors should be addressed to the high school administration. If needed, ASU also operates a Behavioral Interview Team (BIT) to assist with student concerns. (See Behavioral Intervention below)
New Instructor Documents
Technology Access Account
Most technology services at ASU are accessible with your Technology Access Account. With this account, you will be able to access RamPort, our online portal where you can view your course rosters, enter grades, and check your Angelo State email account (used both on and off campus).
After receiving your username and temporary password, you are encouraged to go to set up change your password and set up security questions by visiting the ASU MyPassword website.
You will be able to set-up security questions which can be used in resetting your password if you do not remember it.
If you do not know your username and/or password, or if you have any questions logging in at any time, please contact the IT Service Center at 325-942-2911 (please have your Campus ID number (CID) available). If you do not know your CID, please contact the Dual Credit Office at email@example.com.
Blackboard for Course Delivery
Blackboard Learn helps faculty manage content, personalize courses, foster collaboration, and connect with learners. Students can access content 24/7 on their mobile devices or computers making it easier than ever to manage their course loads. Dual credit instructors are able to use blackboard to post class materials, deliver quizzes, etc. Visit the ASU E-learning website to learn more.
Blackboard Organization for Instructors
A Blackboard organization is available for instructors where information about assessment and syllabi and vita development is posted. Additional trainings will also become available as they are developed.
To access the organization:
- Log into Blackboard with your username and password.
- Go to the My Organizations area beneath the pictures.
- Click on Angelo State Dual Credit Program.
If you do not see this information when you log in, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you have been granted the necessary accesses.
Each ASU department teaching core courses has identified a dual credit departmental liaison available to all dual credit instructors to answer questions related to syllabi, textbooks, core assessment, assignments, and other issues related to course instruction. Please contact your department liaison regarding any instructional questions.
ASU does not provide textbooks for dual credit courses nor do we have restrictions regarding which book must be used. It is at the discretion of the high school and dual credit instructor to determine which course materials should be utilized and how those will be supplied to the students. You are welcome to contact an ASU academic department for feedback or guidance on selecting a textbook or course materials.
Syllabus and CV Resources
The Texas legislature has passed House Bill 2504, which includes a mandate that all course syllabi and faculty vitae will be posted on our university website in an easy, accessible location. The online system at ASU requires that your vita and syllabus be in an Adobe PDF format, and uploaded through a link in Blackboard each semester.
Signature Rosters Due after Census
All students will be registered for their dual credit courses through information provided to ASU by the high school counselor. To ensure your roster is correct, please your check your course roster as soon as you are notified by ASU and notify us of any discrepancies. We will need to fix discrepancies ASAP.
Following the 12th class day, you will receive an email from ASU asking you to certify your rosters in RamPort. Please follow these instructions to certify your roster. You MUST ensure that all students in your class are on this list as it is reported to the State of Texas. If any students need to be added or dropped, please notify your high school counselor immediately.
Lab Safety Training Requirements
All ASU faculty, including dual credit instructors, teaching an ASU laboratory dual credit course are required to complete an online training course. Completing the training is about a four hour plus commitment, composed of multiple mandatory modules. Please use the Guide to Accessing CITI Modules and this link to complete the training.
In addition, dual credit instructors must show proof of your students completing a lab safety training course every semester. Please refer to our Dual Credit Lab Safety Training webpage for more information and a link to the verification form for each semester. The form will allow you to provide information about your training and to upload assignment and objective assessment information.
Instructors may not conduct a laboratory until all students have successfully completed training. Please wait to submit your verification form until all students have been added to your class. This form must be submitted by the 12th class day of the semester. You will be required to upload your training information as well as a roster showing names of the students completing the training. Your training should address the objectives outlined on the resource page.
If you do not currently have a training program, you can utilize ASU’s template for lab safety training and modify as necessary. If you would like to post your training in ASU’s Blackboard system along with an online quiz, you may contact the ASU eLearning Office at email@example.com or 325-486-6263 for assistance.
Core Course Assessment Requirements
As a dual credit instructor, you may be required to participate in course assessment. The university’s student learning outcomes assessment program is based on best practices and uses measures that are collected at the student level and can be analyzed for trends and needed course or curriculum improvements. This process facilitates continuous quality improvement of ASU’s academic programs. Dual credit courses requiring assessment will follow the same protocol as courses delivered on the ASU campus.
If you are required to participate in a course assessment, the Director of Assessment will notify you. Training documents and videos as well as the assessment packages to be used can be found in the Blackboard Organization (see the Blackboard Organization for Instructors section in this handbook). Departmental Liaisons in each department are also available to assist you with assessment questions and preparation.
Student Satisfaction Surveys
Dual credit students are encouraged to participate in the IDEA survey every semester to provide feedback on the course and instruction. Dual credit instructors should encourage students to complete the surveys by including announcements in Blackboard and during class time. The dual credit office will send reminder emails to instructors when the IDEA survey becomes available. Please visit the IDEA website for additional information about how to access the surveys and ways to promote student involvement in filling out the survey.
Students Dropping a Class
Once a student is enrolled in an ASU dual credit course, they will have two options to drop the course:
- Clean Drop: This can be done on the first day they are registered for the course until the end of business hours on Census Day (12th Class Day). (Please see ASU’s University Calendar for exact date). This course will not show up on the student’s official transcript.
- Drop with a “W”: Beginning the day after Census Day (12th Class Day), students will be able to drop a course with a “W” until a specific date designated for the semester. (Please see ASU’s University Calendar for exact date). The ASU Dual Credit program will send you reminders about approaching deadlines for dropping courses. This course will show on the student’s official transcript.
If a student chooses to drop a course, a Drop Request Form must be initialed, signed, and submitted back to the ASU Dual Credit Office by the respective deadlines for the term. Once the form is received, the requested drop will be processed.
Dual Credit Dropped Courses Not Included in “Six Drop Rule”
In Texas, the “6 Drop Rule” prohibits dropping more than six classes after the Census Date. Dual credit courses are not included in the six drop rule.
Posting Final Grades
Final grades are due according to the ASU academic calendar. All instructors will submit their students’ final grades for each course and section in RamPort or Blackboard. An email reminder will be sent through the dual credit listserv reminding instructors of deadlines. Please refer to the ASU University Calendar for the exact date. Grades not submitted by the deadline will be left blank and instructors must fill out a Grade Change Request Form for every student in the course. This is not advisable. Follow the instructions for posting final grades. Please reference the ASU Operating Policy for Grading Procedures for more information.
The assignment of a grade in a course is the responsibility of the faculty member and is based on the professional judgment of the faculty member. Except for issues of computation, discrimination, equal treatment, or reasonable accommodation when a documented student need is present in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) guidelines, the faculty member’s grade determination is final.
Students may formally appeal their final grade to the High School Principal. Please refer to OP 10.03 Grade Grievance for more information.
Grade Change Requests
A Grade Change Request form must be submitted to change a student’s final dual credit grade once it has been submitted. This may be used when a grade was reported in error, a grade was not reported by the deadline, or a grade of I was assigned. All required signatures, which is determined by the instructional method as noted on the form, must be included for the change to be processed.
Assigning a Grade of Incomplete
Instructors may opt to assign a grade of Incomplete (“I”) to a student. The grade I is given when the student is unable to complete the course because of illness or personal misfortune. An I that is not removed before the end of the next long semester automatically becomes an F. Instructors should follow the procedures for Grade Change Requests for changing a grade from I to the final determined grade.
Follow the instructions for inputting an incomplete grade.
Disability and Accommodations
Students can be approved for accommodations for an ASU dual credit course upon request. Students must request accommodations through the high school and ASU for dual credit courses, and will need to renew each semester a student wishes to receive accommodations in a dual credit class.
To request accommodations, visit our Dual Credit Disabilities Services page.
Early Alert Program
ASU is committed to providing a personal education for each of our students, and the Early Alert Program is a key part of this goal. When faculty are concerned about a student’s academic performance, they are encouraged to discuss the issue with high school administration and counselors. If desired, dual credit faculty may also use the Early Alert program which assesses the student’s situation, offering support and providing referrals to ASU resources. For more information, contact the Dual Credit Office’s Academic Advisor.
Probation and Suspension for Dual Credit Students
Dual Credit Academic Probation
Students are placed on academic probation at the end of any term when a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 is not attained in college-level courses. Students are not subject to academic probation until a minimum of six semester hours of ASU dual credit courses has been attempted. Students on academic probation will be allowed to enroll in the next term, but may not register for more than 6 hours of dual credit courses in that term.
Dual credit students who enroll while they are classified as being on academic probation may continue to enroll in succeeding terms, provided they achieve at least a 2.00 GPA each term, even though their cumulative GPA is still below 2.00.
Dual Credit Academic Suspension
Dual credit students who enroll in dual credit courses while on academic probation will be suspended from the succeeding long-term if they fail to achieve at least a 2.00 GPA in dual credit courses for that term. Students who are placed on academic suspension at the conclusion of the spring term are not eligible for enrollment in dual credit courses the following fall semester. Students who are placed on academic suspension at the conclusion of the fall term are not eligible for enrollment in dual credit courses during the following spring semester.
Online Tutoring Available 24/7
Angelo State provides free, online tutoring for dual credit students. Online tutoring is available through UpSwing 24/7. Dual credit instructors are encouraged to share this information with their students and include the information in their syllabus. For more information about tutoring through UpSwing, please visit the Academic Tutoring website.
The ASU Writing Center is available for dual credit students to utilize. Papers may be uploaded online for feedback from students in the Writing Center. So that our writing center is able to assist the students properly, please have students include their ASU CIDs (Student ID number) on all documents submitted to the Writing Center. The students should have received emails with their CID and it is also visible on your class rosters.
In order not to overload the Writing Center, we also ask that you notify the Writing Center if you intend to direct students to upload their papers for review several days in advance. This will allow these areas to better accommodate your students with staffing and review of course information. ASU Writing Center: 325-486-6173
The Porter Henderson Library services include Online LibGuides. These are lists of high-quality, online and print research materials. They are curated by librarians and are arranged by subject and by course. Students can find them online, 24/7, on RamPort. Instructors may also access the library resources:
- Sign in to your RamPort account with your ASU username and password
- Select Academics on the left, and then click on the Library Icon at the top.
A University, like any community, must have regulations and/or standards by which its members abide, and procedures by which its organization functions. The standards should provide order and an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and personal development. This Student Handbook and the Code of Student Conduct contained within are intended to serve these purposes in the interest of all segments of Angelo State University.
Angelo State University has a responsibility to maintain order within the University community and to discipline those who violate its standards, rules, and/or policies. Enrollment requires students to share this responsibility. Students agree to abide by the standards, rules, and/or policies set forth in this Student Handbook, the Undergraduate Catalog, as well as the Texas Education Code.
Students exhibiting concerning behaviors should be addressed to the high school administration. If needed, ASU also operates a Behavioral Interview Team (BIT) to assist with student concerns. BIT provides an intake mechanism for faculty, staff, and
students to report students who may be experiencing distress or to address students who are being disruptive. For more information, contact the Dual Credit Office.
Student Teaching and Dual Credit
As a dual credit instructor, you are allowed to have a student teacher in the dual credit course. As the instructor of record, you must ensure that the curriculum being taught meets the requirements of the college course, that rigor is maintained, and that the student teacher is being actively supervised. The instructor of record must determine the grade that will be assigned and submit that grade to ASU.
ASU Admission Counselor Visits
ASU Admissions Counselors will have access to visit dual credit classrooms up to three (3) times per year for recruitment purposes. Admissions Counselors will work with the instructor and high school counselor to schedule these visits at times that accommodate both parties. Please contact your high school counselor for information about scheduling these visits.
ASU Mission Statement
Angelo State University, a member of the Texas Tech University System, delivers undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. In a learning-centered environment distinguished by its integration of teaching, research, creative endeavor, service, and co-curricular experiences, ASU prepares students to be responsible citizens and to have productive careers.
Proctor for Online Courses
School districts must provide a proctor for online dual credit courses. Students should report to a classroom with an assigned proctor to ensure students are working on the online course.
Proctors are able to be granted access to monitor student progress and grades in Blackboard, ASU’s learning management system, by completing and returning the forms linked below.
Approved dual credit instructors do not need to submit the forms linked in this area. The required forms for new instructors are sufficient if also serving as a proctor. These forms should be submitted by proctors who are not also dual credit instructors with ASU.