CSU – Pueblo to offer concurrent enrollment at community college rates in Fall of 2013

CSU – Pueblo to offer concurrent enrollment at community college rates in Fall of 2013

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo will offer area high school students the opportunity to earn college credits at community colleges rates beginning this fall. CSU-Pueblo will match the community college system rate for tuition of concurrent courses by area high school students, which means students will pay no additional tuition beyond what the secondary schools pay the institutions.

Concurrent enrollment allows high school students to earn college credits that will appear on their high school transcripts and that will count toward degree requirements for a four-year degree at CSU-Pueblo. Colorado is emerging as a leader among states in the number of students participating in concurrent enrollment programs, according to a 2011-12 report by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), which showed 18 public two-and four-year colleges and 304 local education providers offering 395 active concurrent enrollment agreements.

Eligible students include high school juniors and seniors from Pueblo City Schools (including Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta), District 70, Southern Colorado Early College (Swallow Charter Academy), and Goal Academy. Agreements regarding credits allowed and payment schedules vary by school district. Concurrent enrollment students must pay 25 percent of current mandatory fees (or $15.28/credit hour), which will provide a variety of benefits including admission to athletic events and use of the new Student Recreation Center.  Students who drive to campus will need to get a parking permit ($6/month).
To accommodate the four-day class schedule in District 70, two general education classes, Ed 202 – Foundation of Education and Art 100 (2-4:30 p.m.), Visual Dynamics (1:30-4 p.m.), have been scheduled on Friday afternoons. High school students may take other classes that fit within their high school schedules.

Studies have shown students who participate in concurrent enrollment programs are more likely to enroll in college, have higher credit hour accumulation, higher grade point averages, and are more likely to be retained in college after the first year. The report noted that slightly more females participate in concurrent enrollment programs compared to males and an increasing number of minority students are participating in these programs.

Interested students and their parents should meet with their high school counselors first to plan for the fall schedule and complete the required documentation. To register for a concurrent course, contact Dr. Derek Lopez, 549-2535, or Derek.lopez@colostate-pueblo.edu.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.