BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - New rules will govern how high school students can earn college credit through dual enrollment courses.

The Advocate reports the Louisiana Board of Regents approved the new standards Monday.

Dual enrollment courses are supposed to mirror the classes taken by college students. But higher education officials questioned whether the courses were rigorous enough.

Under one change, dual enrollment instructors who are not college faculty will have to receive training from the college on how to teach and grade the course.

A wide range of education officials - from Superintendent of Education John White to Scott Richard, executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association - praised the changes.

Dual enrollment courses are gaining popularity in Louisiana. About 23,000 high school students are taking the courses, compared to 9,600 in 2009.