Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP)

University Courses on a High School Campus

The Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at Stritch allows qualified high school students to learn and qualified high school instructors to teach Cardinal Stritch University’s curriculum at the partner school’s campus during regular school hours.  Students enrolled in the program concurrently earn both high school and college credit.  Concurrent enrollment programs are growing nationwide.  While only 55% of postsecondary institutions had concurrent enrollment programs offering courses at high school campuses in 2002-03, the percentage grew to 64% by 2011-12 (NCES, 2013) and continues to grow.  The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) and partner organizations are working to expand concurrent enrollment opportunities while ensuring that the courses maintain the expected rigor.  Over 10,400 concurrent enrollment programs exist throughout the country, with more currently in development (Mobley, 2015).  Over 1.4 million students across the country participate in these programs.

Qualified students at a partner school who enroll in a Cardinal Stritch University class being offered at their school are admitted to the University as “non-degree seeking students.”  Upon successful completion of the course, these students will receive college credit that will appear on a Cardinal Stritch transcript.  This credit is treated by nearly all colleges and universities in the same way they treat traditional transfer credit.

Faculty Qualifications

Faculty teaching a Cardinal Stritch University course at a partner school are hired by Cardinal Stritch as adjuncts.  As such, they are required to possess a Master's degree in the content area being taught or in a closely related content area, they must be recommended by leadership at the partner school, and they are screened by faculty in the appropriate content-area department at Cardinal Stritch.  Each adjunct is assigned a mentor from Stritch who will work with them to ensure that the course being taught is equivalent in content and rigor to the same course taught at the Cardinal Stritch main campus.  This mentor is available both before and during the term in which the course is offered to lend whatever support is needed.

Student Qualifications

Students enrolling in concurrent enrollment courses should understand that they are enrolling in a college-level course.  The partner school ensures that each student has met the prerequisites for the course and is ready for college-level work.  Studies have shown benchmarks such as Juniors or Senior status, rankings in the top 25% of their class, a GPA of 3.25 or higher, and an ACT score (if they have one) of 24 or higher help ensure successful completion of a Concurrent Enrollment course.
Upon completion of a Cardinal Stritch concurrent-enrollment course at a partner school, a student will receive a record of their official Cardinal Stritch University transcript reflecting the credits earned and the grade in the course.  An official transcript sent from Cardinal Stritch University verifies to other colleges/universities that the student has earned and received university credits from Cardinal Stritch University for a particular course or set of courses.  These credits are accepted by nearly all colleges/universities in the same way they would accept credits for traditional transfer students.  Note that most schools require a grade of C or better to accept a course in transfer, but that requirement may vary slightly depending on the school and/or the student's intended program of study.
  • Computer Science 230 Web Page Creation
  • Economics 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • English 150  Introduction to Literature
  • English 211 Ethnicity in American Literature
  • English 215 Irish Literature
  • History 126 Survey of American History
  • History 263  Intercultural Studies: Latin America
  • History 304 The Tumultuous 1960s
  • Math 212 Calculus III
  • Music 107 American Popular Music
  • Philosophy 101 Introduction to Ethics
  • Philosophy  102 Introduction to Bioethics
  • Psychology 190 Life Span Human Development
  • Religion 103 Introduction to Christian Thinking
  • Religion 104 World Religions
  • Religion 225  Philosophy for Theology
  • Religion 343 Catholic Social Teachings
  • Spanish 203 (Spanish Composition and Conversation)
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