College in the Schools (also known as concurrent enrollment and CITS) is a partnership program between Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and participating high schools in Minnesota. The program delivers college-level courses to qualified high school students. College in the Schools students study the same curriculum as on-campus students at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Students successfully completing a College in the Schools course receive Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College academic credit.
Credits earned through the College in the Schools program are accredited and transfer to other Minnesota colleges and universities. Acceptance of transfer credits by private and out-of-state colleges and universities is always guided by the policies of the postsecondary institution accepting the credits. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College credits have a very successful transfer history.
Students are eligible for admission to the College in the Schools program if they are a high school junior who ranks in the upper one-third of their class, have a score at or above the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized norm-referenced test, or have at least a 3.0 GPA or a senior who ranks in the upper one-half of their class, have a score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized norm-referenced test, or have at least a 2.5 GPA. Freshman and Sophomore students who rank in the upper one-tenth of their class or attain a score at or above the 90th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test or have a favorable recommendation from a designated high school official to enroll in that course.
A high school that wishes to have a college or university offer a PSEO concurrent enrollment course to its students, but cannot generate sufficient enrollment to offer that course only to 11th and 12th grade students who meet the PSEO eligibility requirements may request approval for an exception from the president of the college to allow 9th or 10th grade students who rank in the upper one-tenth of their class or attain a score at or above the 90th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test, or have a favorable recommendation from a designated high school official to enroll in that course.
College in the Schools courses are taught by qualified high school teachers who work with a college-appointed mentor. Teachers must have completed significant postsecondary course work in the field of instruction and demonstrated excellence in teaching high school students. College mentors work with the high school instructors to ensure that the high school course covers the curriculum required by the college. Mentors are required to maintain contact with the high school instructors through site visits, e-mail, and by telephone. High schools participating in the program for the first time visit the college campus to meet with administration, faculty, staff, mentors, and tour the campus.
The College in the Schools Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a highly successful program that attracts schools throughout the state of Minnesota. It is a winning experience for students, high schools, instructors, and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for the following reasons:
- There is no direct cost to the high school students for their credits, and they have an opportunity to develop their college-level skills during high school.
- High school instructors have the opportunity to connect with other professionals in their field and receive professional benefits of teaching a college-level course.
- School districts are able to attract and retain students in their districts and keep students at the high school campus.
- Students may eventually work toward a degree at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College because they have already earned Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College credits.
- International students attending a United States high school through an exchange program or other non-permanent status are not eligible to enroll in College in the Schools courses for college credit.
Information is subject to change.
For more information
Damien Paulson, Advisor & College in the Schools Coordinator