A program that allows high school students to take University of Northern Colorado courses at their high schools increased by 15 percent from 2013-14 to 2014-15, according to a report released by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Five hundred high school students enrolled in UNC courses offered at six high schools that have partnered with the university. That number is expected to grow as UNC is in the process of expanding both the number of participating high schools and class offerings. Currently, UNC dual enrollment courses are offered by high school teachers certified to teach at UNC at Eaton, Greeley Central, Greeley West, Northridge, Platte Valley and Windsor. Valley will offer the dual-enrollment program this fall.
"We're really looking for ways to expand the program to continue to serve northern Colorado," said Jeanie York, executive director of UNC's Extended Campus, which manages the dual enrollment program.
The number of high school students enrolled concurrently at UNC, meaning they take courses on campus, also increased. Of the 26 students concurrently enrolled, 21 of them were from Platte Valley High School in Kersey.
Courses currently offered at the high schools include biology, chemistry, English, geology history, math, Spanish, statistics. They are considered liberal arts core courses and are transferrable as part of the state's Guaranteed Transfer Pathways program.
"These are good quality UNC courses; the same courses you'd get at UNC, you get in high school," York said.
High school faculty in the course must have a master's degree plus 18 hours of work in the discipline. To help prepare prospective faculty, UNC plans to offer continuing education through its Extended Campus. For example, a proposed Math Education certificate will provide the opportunity for faculty with master's degrees to get the graduate level math content area requirement needed to teach college math.
For more information, visit http://extended.unco.edu/courses-workshops/dual-enrollment