New State Regs and Concurrent Enrollment, The Issue of the Year

Board Members View the New Bighorn Theater
Board Members View the New Bighorn Theater

Sheridan County School District 1 and Northern Wyoming Community College District held their annual joint board meeting at the new Big Horn High School last night. After dinner and a tour of the new facility, the two groups discussed concurrent and dual enrollment, including possible legislative changes to these programs. Sue Belish, District 1 Superintendent, says they chose this topic for the agenda because it is a really “hot topic” across the state right now, and also because they had just met with the P-16 Council:

Sue also said that these programs are important for smaller districts, like Sheridan County District 1, because of the expanded opportunities for high school students:

However, one of the issues with these programs that was discussed, was the disparity between high school and college courses, especially in terms of student autonomy. So how the state may or may not become more involved in standardizing certain procedures is still an open question. Dr. Paul Young, Sheridan College President, says he hopes new regulations will not “change our ability to tailor good solutions”:

The relative performance of School District 1 was also briefly discussed. Currently, the average math ACT score for students in the district is the highest in the state, while the composite ACT score is the second highest in the state. The dropout rate for the '08/'09 year was 1.8%, one of the lowest rates in the state.

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National Standards

The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP - http://www.nacep.org) provides national standards for concurrent enrollment programs (CEP). Additionally, CEPs such as Syracuse University's Project Advance (http://supa.syr.edu) or Indiana University's Advance College Program provide examples of long established successful CEPs.