Release Date: April 14, 2011
ASU Introduces New Summer Dual Credit Program
Angelo State University is introducing the new Springboard ASU summer dual credit program designed to give high-performing high school students a head start on their college careers by taking courses that will earn them both ASU and high school credit.
The one-month program will run from June 1-July 1, and students can choose between a sciences track and a liberal arts track. Participating students will attend regular classes alongside ASU students to get a true university experience. Each student in the program will also be assigned a mentor, who will be an ASU student who has excelled in the chosen field of study.
Students in the sciences track will take Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics and Fundamentals of Astronomy courses along with a Stellar Astronomy Lab course. They will attend classes Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch from noon-12:45 p.m. and an hour of mentoring/tutoring. The Stellar Astronomy Lab will run from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday each week. Upon completing the program, students will receive three hours of ASU mathematics credit and four hours of ASU science credit – as well as half of a senior mathematics credit and half of a senior science credit at the discretion of their high school.
Students in the liberal arts track will take Readings in World Literature and Federal and State Government courses. They will attend classes Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch from noon-12:45 p.m. and an hour of mentoring/tutoring. Upon completing the program, students will receive three hours of ASU English credit and three hours of ASU political science credit – as well as half of a senior English credit and half of a senior social studies credit at the discretion of their high school.
Additional activities will include planetarium shows and the “Pizza with the Profs” program that will feature presentations by advisors from ASU’s various pre-professional programs. All Springboard ASU students will also have access to additional tutoring in the Mathematics Department labs, the Writing Center and the ASU Tutor Center – as well as research resources in the Porter Henderson Library, all the computer labs and the Career Development Office.
All students completing one of the tracks in the Springboard ASU program will also have their first year of ASU tuition frozen at August 2011 levels. The application deadline is May 10.
All Springboard ASU students are also eligible for Carr Dual Credit Scholarships to offset the cost of tuition and fees. Students receiving Carr Distinguished Dual Credit Scholarships will pay $125 per course, while those receiving regular scholarships will pay $250 per course.
Students who score a composite 23 or above on the ACT with math and English sub-scores of at least 19 – or who post a combined mathematics and critical reading score of 1070 or above on the SAT with math and critical reading sub-scores of at least 500 will receive a Carr Distinguished Dual Credit Scholarship. Students who meet the admission criteria but do not qualify for a distinguished scholarship will receive a regular Carr Dual Credit Scholarship.
Several local and area school districts are also partnering with ASU to further reduce the costs for Springboard ASU students. Partner districts have agreed to chip in $125 per course for each of their students in the program. Thus, students from partner districts who also receive a Carr Distinguished Dual Credit Scholarship will enroll in the program for free. The cost for students from partner districts who receive regular Carr Dual Credit Scholarships will be $125 per course. Interested students should check with their school officials to see if their district is a partner.
To be eligible for Springboard ASU, high school students must have completed their sophomore or junior year and have a passing score on the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment test or proof of exemption. They must also submit application, agreement and course selection forms, a residency questionnaire, a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor and a $30 application fee – and meet ACT or SAT score criteria. A complete list of required application materials and criteria is available by contacting the ASU Registrar’s Office at (325) 942-2043 or going online to www.angelo.edu/dept/dual_credit/admission_criteria.html.
The Springboard ASU program is overseen by Dr. Paul Swets, head of the ASU Mathematics Department, and Dr. Laurence Musgrove, head of the ASU English Department.