The Concurrent Enrollment program consists of general education courses in English, mathematics, fine arts, humanities, science, social, science, and world languages, as well as classes which fulfill requrements for career and technical education programs.
Concurrent enrollment students are enrolled for classes at both the high school and the college. Instructors are qualified high school faculty who meet the hiring college requirements for adjunct faculty at the college. Courses taught at the high school are the same courses taught on the college site. Instructor qualifications, syllabi, assignments, textbooks, exams and grading requirements are equivalent. Credits earned count toward both high school graduation and college credits. Grades earned are posted on both the high school and college transcript and must be the same on both transcripts. Taking Concurrent Enrollment courses creates a permanent college transcript.
What are the benefits of Concurrent Enrollment?
- Students have the opportunity to get a head start on college by earning college credit for a minimal charge while still in high school.
- One class can fill both college and high school requirements, so duplication of classes is reduced.
- The time necessary to earn a college degree can be shortened.
- Students have the opportunity to experience the academic rigor of college courses with the support systems that are available in high school.
- Students can develop study habits and academic skills essential to college success.
- Concurrent Enrollment classes can smooth the transition from high school to college because students will have already had experience with the admission and registration process.
- Concurrent Enrollment courses help students earn the credits they need for the New Century Scholarship, and some courses count toward the Regents Scholarship.
Who is eligible for Concurrent Enrollment?
- Junior and senior students are permitted to enroll in Concurrent Enrollment classes. Some concurrent enrollment classes are available to sophomores by appeal.
- Students must show evidence of preparedness. The Utah State Board of Regents recommends that student have a GPA of at least 3.0 for a successful experience.
- Students planning on taking a Concurrent Enrollment course must take a college entrance or placement exam. (e.g., ACT or Accuplacer)
- A good way to prepare for Concurrent Enrollment courses is to visit the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) “Concurrent Enrollment Students Page.” You will find detailed step-by-step informationand videos to help you understand the benefits of concurrent enrollment, how to qualify, what you need to know before enrolling, tips for being successful, and recommendations to help you plan for a seamless transition from concurrent enrollment to the college or university of your choice.
- Students who want to be eligible for the New Century Scholarship through earning their Associate Degree by the time they complete high school will also find helpful information on the “SLCC Concurrent Enrollment Students Page.” Concurrent Enrollment Academic Advisors are availble to meet with students. However, before they can set up an appointment to meet with an advisory, students need to watch the four Academic Planning Videos on the “SLCC Concurrent Enrollment Students and Parents Page.” These videos explain resources you need to develop your academic plan, ways to earn college credit, degree mapping, and scholarship opportunities. After you watch these videos, you will be eligible to meet with a SLCC Concurrent Enrollment Advisor to finalize your academic plan.
How do students register for Concurrent Enrollment courses?
- Students who want to take Concurrent Enrollment courses must first apply to Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) or the college that Jordan District partners with to offer the course. This involves completing an admissions application and paying a one-time, non-refundable admissions fee. Students must watch the video “Become an SLCC Student” before they can access the Concurrent Enrollment admissions application. The link to the application appears at the end of the video.
- Students must also register for the specific Concurrent Enrollment courses they plan to take and pay a partial tuition fee of $5 per credit hour in order to finalize their registration.
- Course offerings will vary between schools. Students should check with their school counselor or CTE coordinator for a list of concurrent offerings available at their school.
- A few Concurrent Enrollment classes are offered over the Internet or Ed Net, check with your school to see if they offer any of these classes.
- Some Concurrent Enrollment courses are offered on the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) campus through the extended day on-campus Concurrent Enrollment program. Click here for more information about the SLCC on campus Concurrent Enrollment program.
How do students get credit for Concurrent Enrollment?
- Concurrent Enrollment credits are posted on both the high school and college transcripts. Both transcripts are permanent transcripts.
- Grades will only be posted at the end of the grading period, and the grade posted on the high school transcript and the college transcript must be the same.
- The college transcript will post the number of college credits assigned to the course.
- The high school transcript will post .5 if the course was a semester course and 1.0 if the course was a year-long course.
- If the course is taught at the high school, the high school reports the grades to the college. If the course is taught at the college, the college reports the grades to the high school.
How can students tell if they are prepared?
- College coursework is rigorous. Concurrent Enrollment is for students who are prepared to do college-level work. Students need to be prepared to think critically, rationally, and analytically. They need to be self-motivated and willing to work hard.
- Students need to have time in their schedule as well as the academic ability to be successful in a concurrent enrollment class. Studentsdedicate at time and place to study. A good guideline is to plan to spend approximately two hours of work outside class for every hour spent in class.
- Some Concurrent Enrollment courses have pre-requisites, but many do not have any pre-requsites. For a list of Concurrent Enrollment course offerings and pre-requisites, go to the Jordan District Secondary Course Catalog. The Concurrent Enrollment Section begins on Page 67. Please Note: Not all Concurrent Enrollment course offerings are available at all high schools.
Are there limits to the number of courses students can take?
- Students are limited to 12 Concurrent Enrollmentcredit hours per semester. This is approximately 4 courses per semester.
- Students may not take more than 30 Concurrent Enrollment credits hours per year. This includes classes from different colleges and universities as well as online and EdNet Concurrent Enrollment courses. The academic year includes summer, fall, and spring terms. Students who exceed the 30 credit hour limit will need to pay full tuition for any excess credit hours.
How do students know which classes to take?
- Courses should fit into a students academic plan.
Students should consider why they are taking the course: Do they want to explore career pathways, fulfill some General Education requirements, complete all General Education requirements and receive a Letter of Completion, earn an Associate Degree, etc.) Click here to see how Concurrent Enrollment credits are building blocks to different degrees and certifications. Click here to see what classes are offered at your high school.
Students should check to determine how Concurrent Enrollment credits transfer to other colleges. To find out how credits from one college transfer to other colleges you want to attend, click here to access the Utah System of Higher Education Transfer Utah Guide.
Students must take responsibility for checking with the college they will attend. Colleges and universities outside the state have varying policies about accepting concurrent credit taught at the high school. In some cases, concurrent enrollment credit is only accepted if the equivalent course is offered at the college. Some colleges will not accept concurrent credit if that credit is also used to fulfill high school graduation requirements. Many colleges require a grade of “C” or better. All colleges require that the grade be on an official college transcript. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the college with an official college transcript.
What are other Concurrent Enrollment considerations?
- Taking Concurrent Enrollment coursework is a privilege. Students who fail to perform may be unable to continue taking college level courses.
- Students need to understand that poor grades impact not only their high school and college Grade Point Average, the consequences can also negatively impact transferability of the credits and financial aid eligibility.
- Each college class taken in high school counts as an attempted enrollment when it comest to financial aid. If you withdraw fail or do not finish a clss, the enrollment will be counsted when determining financial aid.
What’s the difference between Concurrent Enrollment and a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Course?
Concurrent Enrollment students must be admitted to and registered for classes at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) or other institution of higher education that has agreed to partner with Jordan School District.. They earn their grades by completing assignments and taking tests during the course. Grades are recorded on a permanent college transcript. There is a one-time admission application fee. Students are charged a fee of $5 per credit hour Students are limited to no more than 30 Concurrent Enrollment credits per school year. This includes credits earned the summer prior to the start of the school year. Concurrent Enrollment courses apply to degrees or. Application of the courses at other institutions is determined by the other institutions.
Advanced Placement students take high school classes with a curriculum that follows a national standard. Students must obtain a qualifying score on the AP test at the end of the year to get college credit. Each AP test costs approximately $92. AP test scores may be sent to multiple colleges and universities. Each college or university determines the number of credit hours awarded for each AP test, and which scores qualify for college credit.
What’s the difference between Concurrent Enrollment and Early Enrollment?
Concurrent Enrollment classes are funded by the state, and students only pay $5 per credit hour. The course offerings must be on the Utah State Office of Education/Utah System of Higher Education Concurrent Enrollment Master List. Course offerings are also limited to those approved by agreements between the Jordan School District partnering institutions of higher education. Traditional Concurrent Enrollment classes are taught by high school teachers in the high schools. A few Concurrent Enrollment classes are offered over the Internet or Ed Net. Some courses are offered on campus through the extended day/year program.
Early Enrollment students take higher level classes on the college campus and pay full tuition. Students may qualify to take a wider variety of classes. They must submit a regular college admission application form, a letter of permission from the high school counselor, a parental permission form, an official high school transcript, and qualifying placement test scores.
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