A growing number of Idaho students are getting started on their college careers before they leave high school. Boise State’s concurrent enrollment program brings college courses to 33 high school campuses in the Treasure Valley, where students earn both high school and college credits for their efforts.
Students can enroll at their high schools this spring for fall 2012 courses. Courses cost $65 per credit, and those who participate reduce the overall cost of their college education. Students also have access to university resources such as the Albertsons Library for research and the Writing Center for help with written work. The program’s goal is to encourage students to go on to college beyond high school.
Enrollment in Boise State’s program has grown steadily for the past five years, with a 20 percent increase in fall 2011 to 2,132 students. Boise State continues to focus on rigorous general education core classes that students can apply toward a degree at any college or university. Offerings vary by high school but include math, biology, chemistry, political science, physics, accounting, art, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering science, foreign languages, social sciences and much more.
Students and parents can determine offerings at their school by browsing the concurrent enrollment program website at www.boisestate.edu/concurrentenrollment.
“High school teachers welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Boise State’s academic departments, and they appreciate the classroom support, while students are catching on to the fact that they can graduate from high school with actual university credits.” said Fabiola Juarez-Coca, concurrent enrollment director.
The university has awarded $102,920 in need-based scholarships. In addition, to support offering a true university course, Boise State provided high schools with $114,528.68 in textbook support and $67,690 in classroom/lab support.
The concurrent enrollment program is continuing outreach to rural schools and increasing participation in science, technology, engineering and math courses — the critical STEM disciplines.
In addition to offering courses in high schools, the concurrent enrollment program hosted 827 students on campus this fall. While on campus, CE students have the opportunity to meet faculty, attend lectures, participate in science labs and learn about student services. These campus visits are an important part of getting students familiar and comfortable with the university environment and increasing their likelihood of attending college.