Faculty, Students Discuss Bringing College to High School

Separate panels of faculty students discussed the pros and cons of offering college courses to high school students at the Second Annual Whitney Education Summit on Tuesday night.

The event drew 95 people, including educators, state legislators and Sheridan county and city officials to Sheridan College in Sheridan for a program that included one panel of five teachers and former teachers and another of four high school and two Northern Wyoming Community College District students to explore the questions of why schools offer college courses to high school students, and why students choose to enroll in them.

Faculty panelists recalled students who seemed unlikely candidates for college but who went on to college, and earned success, as a result of taking college courses while in high school. Student panelists spoke of the challenges in taking often-harder courses, and of trying to balance extra classwork with the desire to participate in high school activities. But students and faculty also spoke of advantages, such as being better prepared when the student went on to college, and of graduating from college earlier because work they did in high school counted toward college graduation requirements.

And when asked for recommendations to teachers and administrators on how to improve the experience, several of the student panelists suggested more options and elective classes. Some suggested that government and science classes be added to the courses that could be taken for college credits.


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