Colorado State University - Pueblo earns $30,000 grant for STS curriculum development
PUEBLO – A $30,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Higher Education to Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Division of Continuing Education will align Senior to Sophomore (STS) courses in English with state general education requirements and the newly revised on-campus programs in composition and literature, thus providing a framework for other departments and dual enrollment college programs to emulate.
The STS courses – which involve dual high school/college courses -- have seen a 50 percent increase in participating schools over the past five years, evidence of a growing community and regional interest in this affordable academic offering both in established urban areas of the region and in the underserved rural areas in Southern Colorado. Currently, CSU-Pueblo’s Continuing Education Division serves more than 16 school districts, 36 schools, 110 teachers, and 2,300+ students through these concurrent enrollment/dual credit courses.
One of the largest academic programs within the STS program is maintained and administered by CSU-Pueblo’s English Department, which currently includes seven school districts, 12 schools, and 19 educators teaching 44 classes.
The curriculum development grant, co-written by English Department Faculty Member Donna Souder and Continuing Education Program Manager Barb Borland, will ensure that students have 1) access to college-level textbooks, 2) funds available to pay for the opportunity to earn these college credits and buy the related and necessary course textbooks and materials – despite their potential rural or “at risk” status, and 3) professionally trained college-level instructors who understand the course-specific student learning outcomes, the mission of the programs in which they teach, and the potential benefits to students who are able to make use of this unique opportunity for concurrent and dual enrollment.