During the 2016-17 school year, District 196 high school students who participated in the College in the Schools (CIS) program earned a combined 5,974 college credits valued at nearly $2.9 million, according to a value statement released by the University of Minnesota’s CIS program.
Students who participate in the CIS program earn college credits for taking advanced courses at their high school that are taught by their high school teachers. Last year, 785 students from the five District 196 high schools registered for at least one CIS course. Although the total number of District 196 students participating in the program decreased by 40 from the year before, the number and percentage of students of color who registered for at least one CIS course increased from 23.5 percent in 2015-16 to 37.8 percent last year.
The 785 participating students in District 196 registered for 1,366 CIS courses in the 2016-17 school year, 70 fewer than the year before. Rosemount High School had 489 course registrations, Eagan High School had 345, Eastview High School had 303, Apple Valley High School had 203 and the School of Environmental Studies had 26.
At the 2016-17 U of M tuition rate of $482.54 per credit, the 5,974 credits earned by District 196 students are valued at $2,882,694. The school district paid the university $198,070 ($145 per course) for the students to take these college-credit courses at their high schools last year.
CIS is one of several opportunities available for District 196 students to earn college credit while attending classes at their high school. Others include Advanced Placement courses and tests, and concurrent enrollment agreements with specific colleges, community colleges and technical schools.