Dual-Enrollment Credits Present New Option for Wisconsin Students

by Alexis Cherry, age 14

    University of Wisconsin Colleges are attempting to make college a more accessible option for state students. Through a partnership with the Department of Public Instruction, they plan to kick off the 2013-14 school year with a dual- credits program called the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP). This program will help prepare high school students for college.
    One major goal is to help reduce the costs associated with a college degree. The program will do so by giving dual-credits, which will allow high school students  to earn credits toward high school graduation, and toward one of the UW Colleges at the same time. The number of students that can use the program depends on the number of school districts that participate.
    “There are people who haven’t had anybody in their family go to college and that can be intimidating. If they are a little unsure about college, they can take these classes in the comfort of their own high schools,” said Teri Venker, a UW College’s spokeswoman.
    CAPP has been implemented previously at UW-Oshkosh and had about 1,800 pupils from over 40 high schools. A similar program exists in Minnesota. About 28,551 Minnesota students used these types of programs versus 3,600 in Wisconsin during the 2010-11 school year.   High school teachers who have been approved by the UW System will teach the college level curriculum.
    Unlike an AP program, credits from the class will be awarded according to the students’ performance in the class, and not by one test at the end of the semester. Venker also said credits earned through the program will be transferable to any of the UW System’s four-year campuses, but she is uncertain about schools outside of the UW System. 

[Sources: Wisconsin State Journal; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction]