A record number of high school students in southwest Idaho are reducing the cost of their college education by participating in Boise State University’s concurrent enrollment program. Boise State offers college-level courses at 35 area high schools, and students earn both high school and college credits.
More than 2,300 high school students will earn over 10,000 college credits this semester. Because concurrent enrollment students pay only $65 per credit, that will translate into a savings of more than $1.9 million for students and their parents this year.
“It’s exciting to see the program consistently growing every year,” said Fabiola Juarez-Coca, concurrent enrollment director at Boise State. “Students have the academic drive, and we are committed to helping them gain access to these college classes. Students who participate have a passing rate in the high 90s. This is a great investment of their time and our shared resources.”
Students can enroll at their high schools this spring for fall 2013 courses. Boise State continues to focus on rigorous general education core classes that students can apply toward any degree at any college or university.
Revenue from concurrent enrollment fees is reinvested in the program. The university awarded more than $100,000 in need-based student scholarships this year, and there is a scholarship established to help teachers pursue the master’s degrees needed to instruct concurrent enrollment classes.
The four subjects with the highest enrollments are math, biology, English and physics. Centennial, Mountain View and Skyview high schools have some of the highest enrollment numbers.
The university is increasing outreach to school districts beyond the Treasure Valley through the Idaho Education Network by offering calculus II to students in Sandpoint and calculus I to students in Homedale. The program also is planning to increase more online course offerings for the future.
In fall 2009, Boise State University’s concurrent enrollment program received accreditation from the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), making Boise State the only public institution in Idaho to receive NACEP accreditation.