Is Faster Always Better?

As more high schools offer ways to earn college credit, some educators worry that students are being set up to fail


Kristin Murphy for The Chronicle

James Hinkson works a campus job at Brigham Young U. In his first try at college, he arrived on the campus with 63 credits but left after only a few months.

James I. Hinkson graduated from Orem High School in 2011 with two years of college under his belt. His senior year here outside Provo, Utah, was a blur of 13 college courses, most of them beamed onto a TV screen in a multimedia room at Orem High, where a stuffed tiger, its mascot, dangles from a light fixture, and a Utah Valley University banner hangs on the wall.

Like thousands of students straddling high school and college in dual-credit classes that