Natalia Alamdari - Delaware Online
Delaware high school students will soon be able to take up to a full semester of college credits for free from the University of Delaware.
The university's Early College Credit Program will launch in the fall, giving qualified juniors and seniors at all Delaware high schools the chance to take classes streamed live from the Newark campus during a regular school day.
The program will launch at a limited number of high schools this fall to ensure a successful start, and will then be expanded to the rest of the state. Interested high schools are invited to complete an online form to take part.
UD and other colleges in the state already offer dual enrollment for high school students. But unlike dual enrollment, which requires tuition, the new program will be completely free. Courses are also being designed to use freely available educational resources as much as possible to cut textbook costs.
"This program is a substantive addition to the university's ongoing efforts to increase affordability and access to higher education for residents of the First State," said Dennis Assanis, university president.
Once the program is up and running, the university will offer five courses each year. Students can enroll in just one, or all five over the course of their junior and senior years.
All five three-credit courses equal a full semester, satisfying UD's general education requirements.
To participate, students need the recommendation of a high school official who will coordinate their registration with UD.
It is recommended that students have:
A GPA of 3.6 or higher, or
A minimum SAT or PSAT score of 600 in both the verbal and math sections, or
Successful completion of rigorous high school courses, such as Advanced
Placement, Honors or International Baccalaureate classes.
Participating high schools must provide:
Someone to serve as an on-site coordinator
A classroom or meeting room capable of web conferencing for the classAcademic assistance to students who may struggle in a class, working together with the UD faculty member and teaching assistant.
Completed courses will go on students' UD transcript. The credits may transfer to other colleges, but transfer policies vary.
Natalia Alamdari covers education for The News Journal. You can reach her at (302) 324-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.