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College Credit Plus Benefits and Implications

Contact Us: College Credit Plus

Liza Skryzhevska
Associate Professor
532 Mosler Hall
513-785-3290
skryzhy@MiamiOH.edu

Benefits

  • College Credit Plus (CCP) allows students to earn high school and transcripted college credit at the same time.
  • Students can complete general education college requirements prior to high school graduation. These are transferable within the state of Ohio, according to Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) and Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) guidelines.
  • The time for a student to complete a college degree is shortened.
  • The program reduces the overall cost of post-secondary education for participating students.
  • CCP introduces students to the rigor of college-level work, helps them achieve college readiness, and makes the transition to college from high school easier.
  • No eligible public high school student in Ohio may be denied participation in Miami’s CCP program.
  • Students have flexible curricular opportunities through CCP. Eligible high school students may take one course, or alternatively, each public high school can develop two pathway opportunities for students -- one where student can earn 15 transcripted credits or one where they can earn 30 transcripted credits.
  • CCP allows Miami to partner with high schools in a meaningful and significant way.

Implications and Risks

  • CCP is not a means of revenue generation for the university. Miami negotiates a local agreement with the school district that operates within the per credit hour “floor” and “ceiling” rates prescribed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Currently, the floor is $40 per credit, and the ceiling is $160 per credit hour. The negotiated rate applies to all students within that district. Miami is also responsible for waiving all fees for CCP students. Students cannot be charged by either the high school or Miami.
  • CCP courses offered at high schools must follow the same course syllabus, use the same textbook and materials, promote the same learning outcomes, and be assessed using the same methods as the course offered on a Miami campus.
  • All CCP students must be assigned an advisor and meet with the advisor prior to Miami’s deadline for dropping a course without a “W.”
  • Although TAG/OTM courses in which a grade of D or better is earned are guaranteed to transfer to Ohio public institutions of higher education, how they transfer may vary depending on the major. Students are advised to first take general education courses that should transfer anywhere.
  • College transfer credits earned through CCP are generally accepted by most major institutions, but may not transfer to private or out-of-state institutions.
  • Students should be aware that grades received through CCP will become part of their high school and college transcripts, affecting their respective grade point averages (GPAs). A permanent college transcript is initiated with a student’s CCP participation.
  • Students who withdraw from or do not pass a course may be responsible to their school for the cost of the course.
  • Even though students cannot use financial aid for CCP classes, students may need or want financial aid to complete their college degree, and the decisions students make now could impact their future financial aid eligibility. Low grades may negatively impact potential college admissions and future financial aid opportunities.
  • Financial aid eligibility requires degree completion within a set time frame and completion of most classes attempted with an earned grade of C or better in most courses. If a student earns less than a C average in their college classes, they may not be immediately eligible for financial aid when they enter college after high school to complete a degree. Withdrawal from a CCP course, if done in a timely manner, may not impact high school or college GPA, but may negatively affect college financial aid eligibility in the future.
  • Miami is required to report data to the Ohio Department of Higher Education each semester.