Tuesday, July 24, 2001

West High offers college courses

High-schoolers will learn from UC professors

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Western Hills High School will offer about 100 students an unprecedented opportunity to take college courses taught by University of Cincinnati professors at their high school.

        Students will receive college and high-school credit.

        It's rare to find true college courses taught in a high school, said UC's University College Dean John Bryan, but similar programs are in place in some schools nationally.

        The courses — English, math and economics — will cost students $10 per credit hour, whereas students would normally pay $131 per credit hour, he said. A full year will cost students $90, while they would pay $1,080 for the same courses at UC's University College, said Western Hills Principal Thomas A. Shaver.

        The remainder of the students' cost will be shared by UC's University College from scholarship coffers, the Cincinnati Business Committee, which will give students scholarships, and Western Hills' budget from Cincinnati Public Schools. The program will cost each about $34,000, Mr. Bryan said.

        Partners in the program say they hope students will see the link to college and their futures, and continue to higher education — helping to curb a district-wide dropout rate of 49 percent.

        Educators at Western Hills hope the college courses will encourage more students to attend college.

        Students will receive additional tutoring and teacher contact hours for the courses.

        “A lot of our students are really hesitant” about pursuing college, Mr. Shaver said. “This is a chance to experience college-level work right here in high school and understand they can do well.”


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