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District 196 students earned $3.1 million in U of M credits last year

District 196 high school students who participated in the College in the Schools (CIS) program during the 2018-19 school year earned a combined 6,185 college credits valued at more than $3.1 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, 870 students from the five District 196 high schools registered for at least one CIS course. Students of color represented 35 percent of the students who registered for at least one CIS course in 2018-19.

The 870 participating students in District 196 registered for 1,455 CIS courses in the 2018-19 school year, slightly fewer than the year before. Rosemount High School led with 495 course registrations, Eagan High School had 346, Eastview High School had 340, Apple Valley High School had 251 and the School of Environmental Studies had 23. More than 95 percent of all registrations resulted in a grade of C or better to earn college credit.  

The 6,185 credits earned by District 196 students in 2018-19 is 443 fewer than the previous year. At the 2018-19 U of M tuition rate of $502.25 per credit, the 6,185 credits are valued at $3,106,416. The school district paid the university $210,975 ($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.