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    President is offline Registered User
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    HSD or Equivalent Rule

    According to Penn Foster , DETC imposes a rule that requires all students to have completed high school before earning their degree. Has anyone else heard of this? What's the regional accrediting bodies' stance on this?

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    Penn Foster has a dual credit program you can take credit hours while your working on your HS diploma.

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    I don't know how universal this is but below I've copied the application requirements for UMass.


    "Read your UMass Amherst application carefully and check the requirements twice.

    Application Requirements
    For a complete application you’ll need:


    The completed application form

    Your high school transcript (an official copy including your first term senior year grades)

    SAT-I or ACT scores

    Essay

    Letters of recommendation

    Application fee
    Verification of english language proficiency for non-native speakers of english (see below)

    International student materials
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    Achievement tests are optional

    High School Course Requirements
    You will also need to meet certain high school unit requirements (remember, these are minimums): Four years of English, three years of college preparatory mathematics (Algebra II is a minimum requirement), two years of the same foreign language, three years of science (including two with a laboratory component), two years of social science including one course in U.S. History , and two electives from the above areas, arts and humanities, or computer science ."

    This would seem to indicate that a HS diploma is a minimum requirement. It's possible that they might make an exception in certain specific cases but that is the standard.

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    I have seen colleges not require a high school transcript if you have done a certain number of credit hours at an RA college. But most, including community college do require a diploma or GED for entrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by President View Post
    According to Penn Foster, DETC imposes a rule that requires all students to have completed high school before earning their degree. Has anyone else heard of this? What's the regional accrediting bodies' stance on this?

    I completed high school (in the UK) but no diploma or other paperwork was ever issued. I just went on to college at age 15 years.

    In the USA one can usually get into college with no high school diploma or GED provided one is over a certain age. However you may be required to pass some academic tests.
    Last edited by Ian Anderson; 08-14-2010 at 04:56 PM.

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