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

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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