What’s the difference between an advanced placement testing course and Syracuse University courses offered through Project Advance’s enhanced concurrent enrollment program?
Answer: The rigorous curriculum, the expertise of the instructors, and as a result, the value of the credits earned.
SUPA Offers High School Teachers the Following Advantages:
- Professional Development—By partnering with SU, participating high schools can offer teachers in-service training and professional development; a continuing forum for communication between high school and college educators; and extensive ongoing research and evaluation for systemic improvement of concurrent enrollment instruction.
- Becoming Qualified—Teachers who meet academic requirements participate in intensive summer workshops to familiarize themselves with the course and its materials, methods, and grading standards. Upon successful completion of the workshop, teachers become SU adjunct instructors.
- Maintaining Standards—At least once each semester, SU faculty members and visit classrooms to review student work and talk with teachers and students, and SUPA staff discuss community response and program administration with the principal. SU faculty read papers and review tests to ensure concurrent enrollment grading standards are consistent with those applied on the SU campus.
- Constant Contact—In addition to site visits, faculty members and administrators at SU are accessible to high school instructors by phone and e-mail, as are SUPA staff members, who assist with logistical support for the high school sections.
SUPA Offers High School Students the Following Advantages:
- College Preparation—Studies show that SU concurrent enrollment courses offered through Project Advance provide a unique opportunity for college-bound seniors to see how well they will transition from high school to college and to gauge their ability to do typical first-year college work.
- Receiving Recognition—More than 90% (+/- 2% in any given year) of SUPA graduates who send an official SU transcript or attend SU receive college recognition—credit, placement, and/or exemption—for completed SU coursework.
- Great Expectations—Data suggest that SUPA graduates are highly motivated achievers. To college admissions officials, such students are desirable, low-risk prospects who are unlikely to drop out, seldom seek time-shortened degrees, and often go on to graduate study.
- Greater Challenges—SUPA offers genuine SU courses, so the coursework is more demanding than high school coursework. Students are expected conceptualize and draw conclusions from reading and research. As a result, SUPA graduates tend to be more adaptable, self-actuated, reflective, and innovative. College ready, in other words!
SUPA Is Committed to Continuous Improvement
- Quality Control—SUPA continuously evaluates the quality of services it provides students, parents, high school administrators, teachers and university faculty. Our full-time staff ensures consistency and minimizes high school administration time and costs.
- Modeling Success—Due to its leadership and innovation, Project Advance has served as a dual enrollment model for similar programs at Indiana University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and the University of Minnesota.
- Accreditation—SUPA is the only college readiness program affiliated with a private research university in the Northeast to be accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
- Managing Growth—Every year, more courses are developed and field-tested for potential inclusion in a high school curriculum. Our program is expanding rapidly as educators realize the importance of successfully transitioning from high school and college.