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District 196 students earned $2.8 million in U of M credits last year
District 196 students earned $2.8 million in U of M credits last year

District 196 high school students who participated in the College in the Schools (CIS) program during the 2022-23 school year earned a combined 5,237 college credits valued at more than $2.9 million, according to a value statement released by the University of Minnesota’s CIS program.

Students who participate in the CIS program earn college credits for taking advanced courses at their high school that are taught by their high school teachers. Last year, 780 students from the five District 196 high schools registered for at least one CIS course. Students of color represented 42% of high school enrollment in District 196 last year and accounted for 41% of the CIS course registrations. 

The 780 participating students in District 196 registered for 1,263 CIS courses in the 2022-23 school year. Rosemount High School led with 4109 course registrations, Eastview High School had 326, Apple Valley High School had 255, Eagan High School had 241, and the School of Environmental Studies had 31. Ninety-four percent of all registrations resulted in a grade of C or better to earn college credit.  

At the 2022-23 U of M tuition rate of $538.70 per credit, the 5,237 CIS credits earned by District 196 students last year are valued at $2,821,172. The school district paid the university $183,135 ($145 per course) for the students to take these college-credit courses at their high schools last year, and received $66,396 in state aid ($52.57 per registration) to help cover the cost of this benefit for families.

CIS is one of several opportunities available for District 196 students to earn college credit while attending classes at their high school. Others include Advanced Placement courses and tests, and concurrent enrollment agreements with specific colleges, community colleges and technical schools.