IPFW Collegiate Connection partner wins conference scholarship


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News release from IPFW:

IPFW Collegiate Connection partner wins conference scholarship, aims to expand dual-credit course offerings at Warsaw CHS

(October 2, 2014) — Diane Quance, director of guidance and coordinator for the IPFW Collegiate Connection dual-credit program at Warsaw Community High School, received a scholarship to attend this year’s National Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (NACEP) conference, October 26-28, in Chicago. She is one of four scholarship winners selected from a pool of over 80 applicants nationwide.

Quance hopes to learn new techniques for evaluating courses and determining transferability to other institutions, with the goal of expanding Warsaw’s dual-credit curriculum offerings. She has worked in concurrent enrollment for more than twenty years.

Concurrent enrollment programs (also known as dual-credit programs) allow high school students to earn college credits by taking classes at their schools, taught by their high school teachers. The NACEP works to ensure that college courses offered by high school teachers are as rigorous as courses offered on the campus of the sponsoring university. The NACEP is the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships. The IPFW Collegiate Connection program earned NACEP accreditation in 2011.

Quance was encouraged to apply for the NACEP conference scholarship by Collegiate Connection Coordinator Ann Brown of the IPFW Department of Admissions. As student admissions coordinator for the Collegiate Connection program, Brown works closely with Jennifer Redwine, Director of Education Outreach for the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies, who coordinates the program with area high school teachers.


About Collegiate Connection
The IPFW Collegiate Connection program gives high school students a head start on college while saving them a significant amount of money.

Around 50 course offerings are available through Colletiate Connection in a variety of subject areas at between a 60 and 90% tuition remission, depending on the course. The program currently involves around 3,300 students enrolled in more than 15,500 credit hours through dual-credit courses taught in local high schools and at IPFW.

By collaborating with area teachers and high schools, Collegiate Connection offers dual-credit, college-level courses at area high schools. Students in dual-credit courses earn both high school and college credit without the additional expense or time of driving to campus. They experience the rigors of a college class in their familiar high school setting, but because they are considered IPFW students, they can also participate in campus student activities, use campus facilities, and receive student discounts. When they graduate from high school, the college credits they earned through Collegiate Connection appear on their college transcript and can be transferred to their university of choice.

To enroll in Collegiate Connection, high school students must be in the top 50 percent of their class, pass an end-of-course assignment, and maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Admitted high school students can also attend classes on campus at the regular tuition rate.

In addition to serving area students by increasing their access to college learning, Collegiate Connection also serves area high school teachers and schools by supporting excellence in teaching and strengthening community connections between IPFW and their high schools.

Collegiate Connection is administered by the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies and the IPFW Office of Admissions, in partnership with IPFW professors and area high school educators.


About IPFW
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), is the largest university in northeast Indiana, offering more than 200 prestigious Indiana University and Purdue University degrees and certificates. More than 13,000 students of diverse ages, races, and nationalities belong to the IPFW family. The 688-acre campus in Fort Wayne is home to over 9,900 degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Through IPFW’s partnerships with area high schools, almost 3,300 high school students take dual credit courses, simultaneously earning both high school and college credits. IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access University accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Learn more about us at ipfw.edu.


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