Brad Morse, from Manchester High School West, shares his thoughts on the benefits of the SNHU in the High School dual enrollment program.
SNHU in the High School's dual enrollment program creates collaborative partnerships with high schools to enhance academic opportunities and college accessibility for high school students. Students begin the process of earning early college credits concurrently with high school classes.
SNHU in the High School teachers have the opportunity to challenge students by providing an experience that allows them to earn college credits while still in high school. By participating in the SNHU in the High School program, teachers take an active role in fostering the commitment to excellence in education while enjoying the challenge and professional growth opportunities. Interaction between the high school teachers and sponsoring university fosters strong local networks among secondary and post-secondary educators. Teachers interested in participating in the dual enrollment program must meet minimum SNHU adjunct criteria (see below) and complete the following approval process:
Upon receipt of all of the above documents, an SNHU faculty member/department chair will conduct a review of the course syllabus to verify the fidelity of the high school course to the SNHU course with respect to the breadth and depth of the course content, pedagogy and assessment methods and the alignment of SNHU course requirements, including goals and learner outcomes.
If approved, the teacher and appropriate school administrator will be notified by an official approval letter from the director for dual enrollment as to the decision, along with the most recent policies and practices. The approval letter will state that the course(s) can be offered in the high school for college credit. A minimum of six students must be enrolled in the dual enrollment program. When the course(s) is offered, an assigned SNHU faculty partner/liaison will visit the class to evaluate content, pedagogy and assessment methods to ensure quality and comparability with courses taught at SNHU.
Currently approved teachers in the program are qualified to teach SNHU courses in their high schools and are considered SNHU adjunct faculty members and a part of the university community.
Dual enrollment programs like SNHU in the High School are well established and growing in popularity around the country as more administrators realize the numerous benefits to students.
Research from the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) has shown that dual and concurrent enrollment students, including low-income and first-generation college students, are significantly more likely to enroll in college and complete college degrees than comparable students who do not take college courses while in high school. In addition to improving academic outcomes, dual and concurrent enrollment programs can also save students and their families a significant amount of money.
The benefits include:
We hope you will encourage your teachers to investigate and participate in the program, provide professional development opportunities for your teachers, and collaborate with the university's Dual Enrollment Office to promote the program in your school.
Interested principals and administrators wishing to implement courses should:
SNHU in the High School can help your child get a jump-start on college - starting as early as sophomore year - for just a fraction of the cost of full-time tuition. SNHU in the High School is available in many area schools. Students register for classes at the high school, and credit is recorded on a permanent college transcript, as well as their high school transcript
The advantages to enrolling in SNHU in the High School include:
SNHU in the High School provides high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses while still in high school. Students begin the process of accumulating early college credits and save time by taking classes while in high school that can be applied toward a college degree.
While there is no guarantee, the college credits earned may be transferable to other colleges and universities as well. Universities have varying policies for accepting transfer credits, and you will need to consult with any intended college or university to determine transferability.