Guidance Counselors/Parents

Thank you for choosing Southwest's Dual Enrollment Program. The information outlined below will assist you in understanding the process. If you have additional questions, please email Kenderek Harris, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, at kharri11@southwest.tn.edu or call 901-333-4251.

  • Guidance counselors serve as the primary point of contact between the dual enrollment coordinator and student.
  • The high school or home school organization is responsible for verifying Southwest courses meet the high school requirements.
  • Check the Understanding Your ACT Test Scores page to verify your students meet our ACT requirements for the course before submitting documentation.
  • Students who are continuously enrolled in the Southwest Dual Enrollment program do not need to reapply for the following term.
  • If students are not continuously enrolled in Dual Enrollment, excluding the summer term, they will need to resubmit an online application for admissions to the college (no fee required).

Tips for Helping Your Dual Enrollee

Academic Expectations

Instructors will provide a course syllabus that tells students exactly what is expected of them, when assignments are due, and how grading will be done.

College coursework requires students to pursue their education in the classroom and on their own. Students are expected to be prepared for each class and should be prepared to offer information, thoughts and ideas to the class discussion.

It is often expected that students will let their instructor know ahead of time if they will be absent. If a student chooses to be absent from the class, they are still responsible for the work due and to may need to get notes from the class from their peers. Extracurricular activities may conflict with coursework. Help your student determine priorities, and decide if they are ready to take on the extra work and study required in a college course.

Self-Advocacy

When questions or problems arise, encourage students to deal with the appropriate person. Help students think about how the problem can be approached, what information is needed and how to ask the right questions. If there are already policies regarding the issue, help them to find the information on the College website. Together consider the options, the advantages of taking action and the consequence of not taking action.

Students are expected to reach out to their instructor if they don't understand content or expectations. Students should also take advantage of tutoring services offered by the College if needed.

With parental/counselor help, students can move from expecting parents and counselors to take care of issues and become comfortable as a self-advocate.