Dual credit refers to a course that is taken by a high school student for which the student receives both college and high school credit. It significantly impacts students by reducing college costs, speeding time to degree completion, and easing the transition from high school to college. It amplifies the usefulness and applicability of the 11th and 12th grades, maximizes state and local educational resources, and provides a platform that fosters secondary and postsecondary collaboration and interdependence. Ultimately, it gives students a head start toward earning college credits. As a leader in dual credit, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) plays a pivotal role in overseeing the development, delivery, and evaluation of dual credit across the State. ICCB works collaboratively with secondary and postsecondary stakeholders to expand student access to higher education while simultaneously maintaining the high academic standards expected of the Illinois community college system.