USFSM, Sarasota Co. School District to launch dual enrollment

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: July 26, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (July 26, 2016) High school students in Sarasota will soon be able to earn college credit under a new dual-enrollment program at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

The program, to kick off in Spring 2017, will enable high school juniors and seniors to take classes at USFSM’s campus, provided they meet certain academic requirements, to get a jump on college.

“These students will experience first-hand what it’s like to be a student on our campus, which can help smooth the transition from high school to college when they begin as full-time students at USFSM,” USFSM’s director of admissions and financial aid, Andrew Telatovich, said.

USFSM is the second institution in the USF System to enter into a dual-enrollment agreement following USF in Tampa, which also offers college-level courses to high school students.

It’s too early to say how many students will register for the program, however about 40 dual-enrollment students are expected to sign up initially. Once the program rolls out, the campus will be able to accommodate up to 150 dual-enrollment students over the course of the academic year, Telatovich said.

“One of the benefits is that they can begin accumulating college credits before entering college, which can help them graduate college on time or early,” he said.

All classes will be held at USFSM’s campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. They include:

  • ENC 1101             Composition I
  • ENC 1102             Composition II
  • MAC 1105            College Algebra
  • STA 2023              Introductory Statistics I
  • MAC 1147            Pre-calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAC 2233            Business Calculus
  • OCE 2001             Introduction to Oceanography
  • EVR 2001              Introduction to Environmental Science
  • AMH 2010            American History I
  • AMH 2020            American History II (since 1877)
  • POS 2041             American National Government
  • SPC 2608              Public Speaking
  • ASL 2140c            Basic American Sign Language I
  • ASL 2150c            Intermediate American Sign Language

Discussions with district representatives have been occurring for months. Sarasota County’s school board reached out to the campus late last year, prompting the sides to produce an “articulation agreement.”

Admissions requirements

Under this agreement, dual-enrollment students will be able take up to two classes per semester, including during the summer. To enroll, prospective juniors and seniors must have an unweighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Additionally, prospective students must complete a USFSM non-degree online application form, submit a dual-enrollment approval form signed by school administrators and provide proof of required minimum ACT or SAT scores: 500 for SAT Critical Reading and 500 for SAT Math or 21 for ACT Reading and 21 for ACT Math.

Students needing remedial math work may take math courses at USFSM and still qualify for dual enrollment. Admissions counselors can provide further details. Visit usfsm.edu/admissions/ to learn more.

“Dual enrollment attracts high-achieving students to a college campus and our hope is that many of these students will continue on as degree-seeking students at USFSM after they graduate from high school,” Telatovich said.

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