Welcome back to school for the 2019-2020 academic year!
Students have returned to their middle and high schools and are starting fall College Credit Plus (CCP) classes. At the state level, we were thankful to see few changes to the program for this academic year. That is a departure from last year, when all of you were implementing three sizable changes to the program regarding student eligibility, course eligibility, and under-performing students. Over the summer, the state CCP team has been hard at work updating our website and guidance documents to have things ready for students, families, and program administrators at colleges and secondary schools. We hope you find all of this information helpful!
Please take a moment and visit our Resources page for the following updated documents:
OH|ID portal transition
The SAFE Portal has been integrated with the OH|ID System in order to process applications in a more secure, streamlined way. All homeschool and nonpublic student families will need use the OH|ID portal to apply for funding and access award letters. For information on how to access and navigate the new OH|ID portal, please visit the Ohio Department of Education’s OH|ID Portal Help webpage.
Intent to Participate Forms
Starting in 2020, the Intent to Participate Form will be part of the online funding application. There will be no separate paper form for homeschooled and nonpublic school students.
Funding Application Deadline
The deadline for nonpublic and homeschool students to apply for College Credit Plus funding will be April 1, 2020 at 5pm. There are no exceptions or extensions to this deadline, so please plan ahead by registering a parent or guardian for an OH|ID account now and learning about the application deadlines and requirements for the college the student plans to attend.
The state operating budget passed in July without any major changes to the College Credit Plus program; however we wanted to share a couple of noteworthy items:
Homeschool and nonpublic student funding
College Credit Plus homeschooled students received an additional $500,000 in funding (for a total of $2 million) for each of the next two years, which increased the number of credits awarded for homeschooled students to 16,205, with seniors receiving up to 20 credits for this academic year. While the nonpublic student funding remained flat ($2.6 million each year), nonpublic seniors also received up to 20 credits to use this year, with a total of 39,004 credits awarded.
Teacher credentialing grant
The budget also provided $3 million for the Teacher Credentialing Grant. This grant is available to eligible entities to pay for graduate-level coursework for high school teachers to become credentialed to teach college courses at the high school. The application information is available on the CCP Resources webpage, with an application deadline of September 30, 2019.
The chancellor approved new Level I courses for this academic year. As a part of this approval process, all equivalent courses at Ohio colleges and universities will also be permitted as Level I courses for College Credit Plus students. For more information, please visit the CCP Approved Courses webpage.
The below courses, and their equivalencies, have been approved:
Introductory Level Bioethics Course
Introductory Level Integrated Biology/Engineering Course
The College Credit Plus staff have several professional development opportunities available on an ongoing basis. Please check the “Professional Development Opportunities” of our Resources page for dates and registration information.
New staff workshops
Looking for an overview of the entire CCP program? New staff workshops provide a day-long, face to face workshop for new College Credit Plus staff at colleges or secondary schools. A recording of this workshop is also available on our Resources page.
Columbus Open Houses
Schedule an in-person meeting in Columbus (or a conference call) with CCP staff and other subject matter experts from ODE & ODHE, as needed.
Regional Open Houses/Webinars
Meet with CCP staff in a regional location. Due to low registration numbers, the several of the Regional meetings this fall have been delivered via interactive webinar.
Ohio Alliance for Dual Enrollment Partnerships Annual State Conference (November 14-15, 2019)
Network with colleagues and share best practices. State CCP staff will be offering a few sessions as well! For more info, please visit www.nacep.org/oadep/events.
College Data Reporters
Please take a moment and check on the deadlines for College Credit Plus data reporting, available on the CCP Data webpage.
Data staff from ODE and ODHE provided a workshop this fall. Please see the links below for the recorded presentation and the PowerPoint slides:
College Credit Plus in EMIS
The Ohio Department of Education provided an EMIS training in spring of 2019, outlining the College Credit Plus redesign, available here.