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Linda E. Roan (St. Tammany Parish School Board)
|SOUTHEASTERN, ST. TAMMANY PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM SIGN AGREEMENT
TO AWARD COLLEGE COURSE CREDIT TO QUALIFIED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
HAMMOND -- Southeastern
Louisiana University and the St. Tammany Parish School System have signed
a unique agreement that allows qualified high school students to earn college
credit by successfully completing certain academic courses.
Under the agreement, approved
courses will be taught by St. Tammany Parish high school personnel at selected
parish high schools beginning in the 2005-2006 school year. Participating
teachers will be approved by their respective principals and the corresponding
Southeastern academic department. Course content and proficiency requirements
will be developed to ensure that university academic standards are met.
“This agreement represents
another step in our efforts to develop a more seamless educational experience
for students and allow qualified students to get a head start on their
college careers while still in high school,” said Southeastern President
Randy Moffett, who signed the agreement with St. Tammany Parish Superintendent
Sloan believes this commitment
between the St. Tammany Parish Public School System and Southeastern will
be an educational bonus for students.
“We look forward
to seeing meaningful benefits from the enhanced educational opportunities
offered our students through this agreement with Southeastern,” she said.
Under the agreement, highly
qualified students who successfully complete the courses and demonstrate
college-level proficiency will be awarded college credit for their first
semester of enrollment at Southeastern.
Courses already approved
for the upcoming academic year include “Introduction to Education” (EDUC
201), “Freshman Composition” (ENG 101), and “College Algebra” (MATH 161).
Additional courses are in development for possible offering the following
year and include general biology, engineering drafting, medical terminology
and introductory Spanish.
“This agreement represents
an additional opportunity for highly qualified and motivated students to
start college early,” Moffett said. “In some cases, students may successfully
complete a semester or more of coursework, allowing them to graduate from
the university in less than four years.”
Students who pursue an
accelerated undergraduate program on this basis can apply the state-funded
TOPS program toward graduate studies, if the student elects to stay within
To participate in the program,
students must meet the following criteria:
· be on track to
meet Southeastern’s admission standards upon high school graduation;
· be approved by
the school principal to participate;
· meet any prerequisites
for the course;
· complete the enrollment
process and pay any fees as required by the St. Tammany Parish School System
For further information
about the program, contact the St. Tammany Parish Public School System
at 985-898-3235 or Southeastern at 985-549-5648.