During the 2017-18 school year, District 196 high school students who participated in the College in the Schools (CIS) program earned a combined 6,628 college credits valued at more than $3.2 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, 911 students from the five District 196 high schools registered for at least one CIS course, 126 more students than the previous year. Students of color represented 31 percent of the students who registered for at least one CIS course in 2017-18.
The 911 participating students in District 196 registered for 1,541 CIS courses in the 2017-18 school year, 175 more than the year before. Eagan High School had 486 course registrations, Rosemount High School had 433, Eastview High School had 340, Apple Valley High School had 255 and the School of Environmental Studies had 27.
The 6,628 credits earned by District 196 students in 2017-18 is 654 more than the previous year. At the 2017-18 U of M tuition rate of $492.31 per credit, the 6,628 credits are valued at $3,263,030. The school district paid the university $223,445 ($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.