Introducing Dual Enrollment: The New Way to Earn College Credit in High School

Olentangy students interested in earning college credit while in high school will soon have another option.

Applications are currently being accepted for the district’s new dual enrollment program, which gives qualifying Olentangy juniors and seniors the opportunity to not only receive college credit, but to also attend class in a college setting while being taught by Olentangy teachers who are also college faculty members.

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, students enrolled in the program will attend their selected courses at Columbus State Community College’s Delaware Branch (CSCC) located at 5100 Cornerstone Drive, off U.S. 23, in Delaware. Any public college or university in Ohio will accept credit from these courses. In addition, CSCC has transfer agreements with a number of private institutions in Ohio including Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan universities.

Dual enrollment courses offer students benefits that traditional AP classes do not, said Dr. Kevin Streib, an Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) calculus teacher and CSCC dual enrollment instructor.

“In dual enrollment courses, students will be evaluated based on homework, quizzes, and tests throughout the entire semester to determine their grade. Students who pass the course earn the college credit. This is a drastic difference compared to AP courses, where a single test determines if students will receive college credit.” Dr. Streib said.

Since the classes will be held at Columbus State’s Delaware Branch, introducing students to the college atmosphere is another benefit, added Dr. Jaivir Singh, a CSCC dual enrollment instructor and physics teacher at Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS).

“I have previously worked in a university setting and it’s a totally different attitude and atmosphere from the traditional high school setting. There is more of a focus,” Singh said.

Those advantages are why OOHS AP English teacher Ben McKibben was eager to become a dual enrollment instructor.

“I’m excited about participating in this venture with CSCC because it offers another rigorous option for our students,” he said.

Dual enrollment courses cost $25 per college credit hour.

Parents and students interested in learning more about the program should see their school’s guidance counselor.