UW-La Crosse Offers High School Students College Credit Opportunities | Best Stories
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — In partnership with Coulee-area school districts, UW-La Crosse is offering high school juniors and seniors a way to take college-level courses through its concurrent enrollment program.
According to Dean of Higher and Extended Education, Dr. Meredith Thomsen, working with school districts gives students early exposure to the benefits of the UW system.
“We have a close relationship that has developed between a faculty member and the high school teacher,” Dr. Thomsen explained. “So that we can be sure that the learning outcomes and course assessments etc. match very well with what we offer on campus for the same course.”
A West Salem teacher, CHEM 103 instructor Antoinette Key, said high-achieving students embrace the advanced learning curriculum.
“It really is a great opportunity for students to experience the rigor and challenge that comes with a college course, but to be able to do it from their home school, saving them the hassle of commuting. -back to college,” Ms. Key said. “They also have the school security they are used to.”
Depending on the school district, credits earned through the program can cost nearly half of the full tuition rate, and the program is designed in such a way that these credits can be transferred to almost any college.
“There is a very high degree of credit transferability within the UW system,” Dr. Thomsen said. “But it wouldn’t be just that. It would be other institutions that could also take those courses as transfer credits.”
Students also get a glimpse of what education looks like in the university environment and see if that’s really what they want to be after graduation.
Ms. Key said the facilitation with UW’L chemistry professor Jeff Bryan helps students get used to talking with professors and familiarizing themselves with the academic environment.
“In a small school like West Salem, most kids know all the teachers, they’ve seen them,” Key said. “But then you walk into a college campus and all the new teachers in a lot of different buildings, it’s just a different atmosphere and so being in this tight-knit high school situation, I think it really helps the kids feel free to come and get further help.”
Ms. Key said West Salem has about 20 to 30 concurrently enrolled students at UW-L on average. In addition to chemistry, they take other introductory science courses like biology and health-related courses.
For more information on the program, visit Simultaneous registration UW-La Crosse.
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