MSU Texas announced its new
dual credit program at the quarterly meeting of the MSU Board of Regents. The
new program replaces Access MSU and provides more robust course offerings and
competitive costs for students seeking to earn college credits that fulfill
both their high school graduation and college course requirements.
“We are pleased to partner
with school districts to amplify course offerings for high school students.
Through affordable dual credit education, students make progress toward a
college degree while still in high school. The quality and convenience of our
course offerings should be very attractive across our region,” said MSU
President Suzanne Shipley.
Dual credit programs have flourished
in Texas since 2000 with 650 percent growth in the number of students enrolling
in programs. The aim of the new initiative builds upon the MSU Texas strategic
goal of aggressively pursuing new student populations. Additionally, the
program will aid in the state’s 60x30TX strategic plan that calls for at least
60 percent of Texans aged 25-34 to earn a degree or certificate by 2030.
Through expanded course
offerings and delivery methods, the program will accommodate the unmet need of
local and regional school districts and will be available to the majority of
school districts in Texas beginning this fall.
Course offerings will include
classes in the arts, business, history, humanities, languages and sciences.
Delivery methods will be through high school classrooms, MSU campus classrooms,
online and interactive television (ITV).
During the board meeting, regents
approved a waiver for regular tuition and fee charges to allow for a fixed cost
for a school district or student. The charge for a three-hour course will be
$250, but could be as low as $100 per course for students attending school
districts with scholarship programs. There will be no application fee.
“We are excited to be able to
offer this opportunity to students. Dual credit courses go a long way toward
the completion of a college degree and, ultimately, that is what we want for
students in the region and Texas,” said MSU Vice President for Enrollment
Management Fred Dietz.
A pilot program is currently
in progress with the Wichita Falls Independent School District. The School and
Society course, offered through MSU’s Gordon T. & Ellen West College of
Education, is being taught to six high school students through the WFISD Career
The University will present
information about the dual credit program to parents and students in the
Wichita Falls Independent School District from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Dillard
Administration Building, room 189.
To learn more about the dual
credit program and admission requirements, visit the msutexas.edu/dual-credit
or call the Office of Admissions at 940-397-4343.