|College Credits Without Leaving School Grounds|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00|
A dual enrollment agreement that would allow Tippecanoe High School students to receive college credit through Urbana University without leaving the high school grounds for classes was approved Jan. 28 by the Tipp City Schools Board of Education.
Under the program, high school teachers would be accredited by the university to teach its 100- and 200- level courses that match courses they already are teaching.
The program would differ from the Post Secondary Enrollment Option Programs (PSEOP) in which high school students take college courses for free at the college’s site.
Students would pay for credits through the dual enrollment programs, but at a “significant” reduction in credit hour price, schools Superintendent John Kronour said.
“There is some cost to the parents but, again, we feel like this is a great opportunity,” he said.
The district is working first with Urbana University because it is not mutually exclusive, leaving the door open for the schools to work with other universities down the road, Kronour said.
There’s time to get teachers certified through Urbana in order to offer courses as early as the 2013-14 school year, he said.
A workshop will be held to ensure each course offered would align with the university course standards. “We can exceed, but essentially need to ensure we have the essence of what is in their course,” Kronour said.
He said high school Principal Belinda Banks has worked extensively with Urbana University to bring the program to Tipp City schools. The university already is working with more than 30 other high schools in the area on the program, Kronour said.
The Urbana University credit hours transfer to many universities though at this point Ivy League schools are not accepting the credits and neither is Case Western Reserve University, he said.
Administrators feel strongly that the dual enrollment option needs to be offered, Kronour said.
“One of things we are putting out to staff is this is the wave of the future. Either we get on board and start offering more of these things to students or we could lose more students to PSEOP and they won’t be here,” he said.
“Mrs. Banks did a terrific job on this,” Board member Carla Frame said.
In other business, the board:
- Appointed Jenny Anticoli, Sam Spano and Kim Wharton to the 2013 Tippecanoe Educational Endowment.
- Approved an agreement with Healthcare Billing Services Inc. to collect Medicare reimbursement where appropriate for services provided qualifying students. Services might include speech pathology or other types of therapy required by the student.
Kronour said this is an opportunity for the district to recoup some money it has not in the past. The district looked into a contract for collecting the payments a few years ago and it was not seen as cost effective, he said. Now the district is estimating up to $40,000 could be reimbursed in a year. The billing services charges about 7 percent of the amount reimbursed.
- Approved an agreement with Roetzel and Andress that sets a $30,000 maximum fee for this year for legal representation involving an individual education program and other measures involving a student. If the work, at a rate of $275 hour, does not use the full amount, the balance can be refunded or credited to the next year.
- Approved a contract with Fidelity Health Care for nurse services, as needed.