Neeley joined DELO in November 2005 as Dual Credit program specialist. Since then, WKU Dual Credit has seen an increase in enrollment from 604 to over 2,300 annually.
According to Neeley, the main increase in enrollments is due to an increase in high school partnerships, course offerings and online options.
“Over the past 10 years, we have doubled the number of schools that offer face-to-face courses,” said Neeley, adding that WKU Dual Credit partners with 42 high schools throughout the state. “We have also increased the number of face-to-face and online courses.”
Initially, most schools offered one dual credit course per semester, but some schools now typically offer eight to 10, and online courses now account for 200 to 300 enrollments each semester.
Neeley said WKU Dual Credit is branching out this summer, as well, offering the first travel program through a partnership with WKU Study Away. This June, students will be able to take Economics 150 and Theatre 151, which will include an experiential learning component in New York City. Students will spend three weeks covering a significant amount of content before engaging in a weeklong hands-on learning experience through visits to Wall Street and Broadway, as well as Ellis Island, Yankee Stadium, New York Stock Exchange and other landmarks.
“I’m very excited about offering this program, and I hope that it’s the first of many other experiential programs we will offer high school students,” Neeley said.
Another goal is to increase the number of online course offerings, which will expand the program’s service area and provide additional opportunities to home-schooled students. He is also working on a summer residential program that will give high school students the opportunity to live and play on-campus while taking university courses.
Laura Ricke, director of Academic Outreach, said: “Dewayne has proven ability to expand partnership opportunities to serve Kentucky high school students. I’m excited to see what new, innovative ideas he has planned for the future.”
Neeley graduated from Greenville College in 1998 with a bachelor of arts in history and political science. He received a master of arts in education, student affairs from WKU in 2012. Neeley officially begins his new role Wednesday (April 1).
For information about WKU Dual Credit, visit wku.edu/dualcredit or call (270) 745-3418.
Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922