‘College Credit in High School’ growth underscores desire for college affordability

Wisconsin students saved $1 million in college tuition credit through this ‘AP-credit alternative’

Last year students in Northeast Wisconsin saved more than $1 million in college tuition credit through the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College Credit in High School (CCIHS) Program. Through the program, students can earn college credit in the comfort of their own high school classrooms, and get an affordable jumpstart and savings on college credits.

The program is a concurrent enrollment program, in which students earn high school and UW-Green Bay credit for courses that are taught by high school teachers approved by UW-Green Bay faculty. CCIHS provides an alternative to programs such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate by providing transcripted college credit based on assessment over time instead of a single high stakes test.

“Enrollment of students in the CCIHS program has increased considerably,” says the University’s Director of K12 Relations, Meagan Strehlow. “Enrollment has increased 78 percent in the last five years. This increase is contributed to schools working to offer more opportunities for their students to earn college credits before they complete high school.”

The CCIHS program currently partners with 47 different high schools across the state of Wisconsin to offer college credit options in areas such as world languages, English, history, engineering technology, education, psychology, math and communications.

High school teachers work closely with UW-Green Bay faculty to align coursework to meet the expectations and learning outcomes of courses. Students experience college rigor, get a head start on college and develop skills for college success. Tuition for CCIHS classes are offered at $100 per credit which is about 70% less than UW-Green Bay undergraduate resident tuition and allows families to save money on college tuition.

During the 2017-18 academic year more than 1,500 students across the state of Wisconsin enrolled in CCIHS courses. Enrollment was up 13 percent in the last year, alone.

Parents and students interested in registering for courses in the 2019-20 school year should work with school counselors to determine the courses available in their high school. Teachers or administrators who work in a school not currently in the CCIHS network can contact Meagan Strehlow, Director K-12 Relations at strehlom@uwgb.edu for more information.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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