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Area High School Faculty, Staff Explore Teaching of University Level Courses at School Site
May 30, 2006

Contact: Krista Lemos, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (klemos@umn.edu); Michelle Christopherson, Center for Adult Learning director, 218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu)


CROOKSTON, MN (May 30, 2006) Connecting with area highs schools and continuing to provide quality university-level courses at school sites will be the focus of the 2nd Annual College in the High School (CIHS) Collaborative Workshop at the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) on June 5.

Some 65 high school teachers, administrators, and counselors from 46 northwestern Minnesota school districts will visit UMC to discover more about CIHS courses, instruction and evaluation methods, and opportunities for improvement. They will network with UMC faculty and academic department staff, who sponsor the classes at their schools, exchange ideas, and explore ways to engage students in the learning process.


Designed to offer academically challenging, university-level courses in area high schools, College in the High School (CIHS) is a collaborative effort between independent school districts and the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC). Students earn college credit for the courses while taking classes taught by highly-qualified teachers at their school.


The collaborative workshop allows high school administrators the opportunity to learn first-hand about concurrent enrollment options available to high school students. A legislative panel discussion with Senator Steve Kelley (DFL-Minn.), Congressman Collin Peterson (DFL-Minn.), Senator LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Minn.), and Representative Bernie Lieder (DFL-Crookston) is also on tap. The workshop will also be an opportunity for UMC faculty to network with peers, high school instructors, and share experiences to improve curriculum and the overall student experience.


UMCs CIHS has been successful, having doubled enrollment in just one year from 1,100 in 2005-06 to 2,300 for fall 2006. Currently, the program is a provisional member of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). UMC is applying for national accreditation in August and anticipates approval sometime by the end of 2006.


UMC College in the High School (CIHS) objectives include helping college-bound high school students establish appropriate expectations for collegiate academic performance; decreasing the overall expense of a college education since credits are earned at no cost to the students and parents; providing opportunities for public school faculty and UMC faculty to work cooperatively, exchange ideas, and participate in staff development activities; and integrating college courses effectively into the high school schedule so that students maintain their relationships within their high school.


To learn more about concurrent enrollment alternatives and CIHS, contact the University of Minnesota, Crookston Center for Adult Learning at www.UMCrookston.edu/cihs or 218-281-8680.


The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery, and engagement in the northwest Minnesota region and beyond. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.