Under a new program offered by the UW-River Falls, high school students can earn both college and high school credit in a single class. The UWRF Dual Credit Partnership involves a high school teacher and college faculty working together to provide college courses in a convenient setting.
All courses are delivered in a blended format – using both face-to-face class meetings and online course tools – so school districts can enjoy ultimate scheduling flexibility. Courses may be offered to fit either a semester or block class schedule.
And, because the costs to offer the classes are shared between partners, the tuition for college credit is substantially reduced. Initial development and launch of this innovative program was funded in part by a grant from the University of Wisconsin-System.
The true advantage of the Dual Credit Partnership is that the university and the high school work together to provide this educational opportunity to high school students. Each member has important responsibilities.
District partners will pay UWRF $200 per credit for each student in a course — a savings of more than $50 off standard college tuition. In return for your staff’s contribution to instruction, we will rebate your district $100 per student for a three-credit course or $133 for a four-credit course with lab.
High school students will also have access to the college textbook rental service provided to all UWRF undergraduate students. Textbook rental is $9 per credit and books can be mailed directly to the school.
Some Districts may elect to provide a cost-sharing arrangement with the student’s families to cover all or part of the tuition. Any such arrangement would be strictly the responsibility of the school or district to implement.
A typical three-credit course would meet face to face with the high school teacher at least one day per week with a second day required for a course with a lab. The actual schedule would be arranged by both the high school and university faculty.
Minimum preferred enrollment is 10 students per class but exceptions may be made with approval from the university instructor. Schools in close proximity may chose to enroll students in the same course and schedule the face-to-face, weekly meeting together at a mutually convenient time and location. A designated instructor from one school must be present at all face-to-face class meetings.
The following courses were chosen based on input from area high school principals and counselors because they are not typically offered in high schools and would work well in this format. In addition, these courses fulfill general education requirements at most universities.
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Introduction to Art ( ART 100), 3 credits
Introduction to Environmental Studies ( ESM 105) 3 credits
Introduction to Theater and Drama ( THEA 105) 3 credits
Science of Food ( FDSC 110) 3 credits
International Economic Issues ( ECON 150) 3 credits
Partnering with UW-River Falls to provide college credit to your students is easy. Contact us today and we’ll send you a complete packet of information to get you started.
Once a school has signed on to participate in this program, their students will receive specific instructions on how to apply and register for classes.
Students will apply online using the University of Wisconsin System application form and must meet the admission requirements for special or temporary undergraduate students. On the application form, students will indicate that they are taking classes under the "Dual Credit Partnership" program. There is no admission fee for this application.
Once students are admitted to the university, they will be registered for their class by their school counselor or administrator.