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Trine University named only private institution to earn dual-credit approval from state
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ANGOLA, Ind. – Trine University was the only private school in the state to be approved for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Preferred Dual Credit Provider List for classes taught in the high school setting
The Trine University Middle College currently offers dual credits to high school students, allowing them to earn college credits in their classrooms during the regular school day with their teachers, who have been certified to teach college-level curriculum. The credits are fully accepted at Trine University and are also transferrable to other colleges and universities.
“This state approval ensures quality assurance for parents and schools,” said Kelly Stout, Trine’s Middle College director. “Our concurrent enrollment (dual-credit) program began in 2009 and has continued to grow.”
Stout explained that dual-credit courses taught at area high schools meet the same standards as Trine’s classes. Currently 190 students in northeast Indiana are taking courses in English, composition, introduction to literature, biology, chemistry, history, psychology, sociology, government, economics, business, computer applications and a variety of mathematics classes. Each school in the program offers different courses, depending upon faculty certification. Students are not restricted to a maximum number of credits.
Many students who have been enrolled in Trine’s Middle College courses have completed 60 hours of credits by their high school graduation, allowing them to enter college as a sophomore or junior. As the dual-credit program expands, Stout believes even more students will graduate from high school with college credits.
Students taking Trine classes in high school pay a discounted tuition rate of $50 per credit hour. Books for classes also are made available through book rental programs at their respective school districts. In addition, partner schools take advantage of Trine’s online libraries and Trine faculty liaisons, who assist in program and professional development.
“We are pleased to be recognized as the preferred provider and are excited to expand our programs to new schools during the coming year,” said David W. Wood, assistant vice president for academic resources and planning.
For more information about Trine’s Middle College program, contact Stout at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.trine.edu/middlecollege.
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