College Credit Plus program grows in second year


More than 68,000 high school students in Ohio took college classes during the 2016-17 academic year, earning college credit while meeting their high school graduation requirements and collectively saving more than $144 million on the cost of higher education.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Monday released details on the second full year of Ohio’s innovative College Credit Plus program, which allows college-ready students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.

Students from public, private and in-home schools participated in College Credit Plus, and the program is open to college-ready students in grades 7 through 12. Because the program is funded with state education dollars, and tuition rates negotiated with Ohio colleges and universities, there is little or no cost to participating students and families.

The program’s second-year numbers are up from the 2015-16 academic year, when slightly more than 54,000 students participated at a total savings of nearly $124 million on college tuition.

“I’m pleased to see that more college-ready students are taking advantage of the opportunity offered by College Credit Plus,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. “This gives students across Ohio a jump start on their future while saving their families thousands of dollars in college tuition costs. Ohio is dedicated to College Credit Plus to provide students with a lower-cost pathway and an opportunity to further their academic and career goals.”

“It’s exciting to see more Ohio students challenging themselves and creating career pathways through College Credit Plus coursework,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “These latest numbers tell us how great this program is for Ohio students and their families, who collectively are saving millions of dollars on the cost of higher education.”

Of the 68,365 students who participated in College Credit Plus during the 2016-17 school year, most (44 percent) were high school seniors. A total of 28 percent were juniors, approximately 14 percent were freshmen and sophomores, and less than 1 percent came from 7th and 8th grades. The remaining 13 percent are home-school and private-school students whose specific grades were not reported. The gender breakdown stayed nearly the same from year one to year two, with 56 percent female participants and 44 percent male in 2016, a slight increase from 55 percent female and 45 percent male in the first year of College Credit Plus.

The majority of College Credit Plus students enrolled in five main core content areas: English (70 percent), social sciences (51 percent), science (41 percent), math (37 percent), and arts and humanities (33 percent). More than 90 percent of participating students received passing grades, resulting in earned college credits.

For more information about College Credit Plus, visit www.ohiohighered.org/ccp.

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