VSU enters concurrent enrollment agreement with Martinsville and Henry Co. Public Schools
August 29, 2012
Virginia State University (VSU) has entered into an agreement with Martinsville and Henry County Public Schools to offer college courses to juniors and seniors. These localities represent the tenth and eleventh public school system with which VSU has signed a concurrent enrollment agreement.
“Because of our unique partnership with New College Institute, these agreements are especially important to both VSU and the Martinsville and Henry County communities,” said VSU President Keith T. Miller. “Through these agreements and our relationship with the New College Institute (NCI), local high school students will have the opportunity to begin college with a significantly reduced financial burden. In addition, they will receive the advantage of VSU’s and NCI’s facilities and faculty. In the end, these students will help lead the economic rejuvenation of these communities.”
Under the terms of the program, qualified high school students may enroll in college-level courses through VSU. The courses will be taught at NCI or local high schools, but course curricula, syllabi and tests will be identical to those used at VSU. Grades earned will be considered dual credit for high school and VSU. Should the high school students matriculate to VSU, their transcripts will reflect both the college credits and earned grade point average. The VSU/NCI partnership is unique in that it includes advanced manufacturing software tools, including SAP and PLM. These tools provide local students the opportunity to obtain industry-level certification relevant to computer-aided design and logistics operations.
There is currently no tuition charge to the students taking concurrent enrollment courses. Textbooks are usually purchased by the high school system hosting the classes. Through the program, students typically enter college with close to a semester’s worth of credits, resulting in savings of several thousand dollars.
“These partnerships epitomize ‘win-win’ collaborations between secondary schools and higher education,” said President Miller. “They allow high school students to get a leg up on their college education, both academically and economically. Meanwhile, VSU is able to share its human resources and technology with our public schools. Regardless of whether the high school student ultimately enrolls at VSU, he or she is more prepared for success at the college level.”