More than 52,000 Ohio high school students took college classes during the 2015-16 academic year, earning college credit while meeting their high school graduation requirements and collectively saving more than $110 million on college tuition.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) today released details on the first full year of Ohio’s innovative College Credit Plus program, which allows college-ready students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.
Students from public, private and in-home schools took advantage of College Credit Plus. Because the program is funded with state education dollars, and tuition rates are negotiated with Ohio colleges and universities, there is little or no cost to the families of participating students.
“Governor Kasich has made it a priority to ensure that a college degree is more affordable for students and families and the strong participation for the first year of College Credit Plus demonstrates that we have begun to address an unmet need,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. “Through College Credit Plus, more students across Ohio are getting a jump start on their future, and saving money in the process. Getting a better value from existing education resources is a win for our students and for our state.”
“College Credit Plus allows Ohio’s students to take rigorous college classes that challenge them while at the same time giving them a head start on their college careers,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “Ohio’s families worry every day about the costs of college, and this program provides them with opportunity and affordability, which is ultimately a win-win for everyone.”
The first full year of data shows that nearly 15 percent of Ohio’s high school juniors and seniors took advantage of the program, and more than 90 percent of those students received a passing grade required to earn college credit. Two thirds of the College Credit Plus students (66 percent) took classes offered through Ohio community colleges. The balance was split almost equally among public university main campuses (11 percent), public university branch campuses (12 percent) and independent or private colleges (11 percent). The majority of College Credit Plus students enrolled in five main core content areas: English (24 percent), social sciences (18 percent), math (13 percent), science (13 percent) and arts and humanities (11 percent). More than 90 percent received passing grades, resulting in earned college credits.
College Credit Plus is another way Ohio has made higher education more affordable, along with holding down tuition and fees by more than almost any other state, helping colleges and universities identify efficiencies to reduce cost, and investing $10 million to train more teachers in college instruction and provide competitive grants to universities for teachers to become credentialed for College Credit Plus courses.
Now in its second academic year, the College Credit Plus program is poised for continued growth. For more information about College Credit Plus, visit www.ohiohighered.org/ccp.
*$120 Million updated figure, February 2017
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