FAQ for Omaha North students and parents
1. What is Dual Enrollment? Dual Enrollment (DE) allows academically talented students to earn transripted college credit while still at Omaha North High Magnet School. Since the 2004-05 school year, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Omaha Public Schools have partnered to provide this opportunity to students. The courses are the Advanced Placement course taught at Omaha North High Magnet School by Omaha North staff who have been selected by UNO to be adjunct faculty. For more background information and details from UNO, visit http://dualenroll.unomaha.edu/studentqa.php
2. Why should my student enroll as a DE student? Besides costing less than 1/4 of actual tuition and fees for the same course at UNO, DE provides the opportunity to earn college credit with a grade, while still in high school. As an underclassman, high school students can demonstrate to competitive universities and scholarships that they have succeeded at a high level in a rigorous, accredited college course. With college credits earned in high school, as a new college student, students have the opportunity to have more time to pursue college courses for a double major, graduate from college early, or slightly lessen their course-load.
3. What UNO courses correspond to Dual Enrollment courses at Omaha North? To see how courses are transfered to UNO, click here. See new chart "Dual Enrollment Courses & Credits 11/19/10"
4. My student has been accepted into the school for engineering. How would I go about discovering if these credits would transfer?
Some universities have a general statement that states the university policy on transfer of credit.
Credit is pretty much "a slam dunk" if attending a school in the University of Nebraska system (the exception is AP World History/UNO World Civilization). However, at some out-state universities, we have discovered that some dual credit courses transfer as a general ed credit, rather than to a course that is required within a student's planned major. I recommend that you contact the university's Admissions Representative to verify that the UNO credit will transfer into a specific program.
5. My student is not planning on attending UNO. Is there a way to check with other universities to see if they accept DE?
Yes. Generally, universities that accept AP exams will accept DE credit. If your student plans to attend a school in Nebraska, the credit is pretty much "a slam dunk" (with the exception of AP World History/UNO World Civilization). Generally, if she/he is planning to attend an Ivy League school, Duke, Northwestern (IL), Stanford, or majoring in the subject area of the DE course, Dual Enrollment credit may not be accepted. I've heard examples of, at some universities, students in one college may obtain credit, but students in another college may not. I encourage parents and students to contact admissions reps at schools where students may attend to get a definitive answer. If you don't get an answer from a school, let me know what university it is and I'll contact them advocate for you to get clarification.
6. Is there additional work for my student if they decide to participate in DE? Not for the student (the teacher has an additional piece of record keeping, as grades must be sumitted to both Omaha North and UNO). The curriculum and expectations follow the College Board/Advanced Placement guidelines.
7. Does my student have to go to the UNO campus? No. All DE courses are taught by Omaha North High Magnet School staff at Omaha North as part of the AP course. However, as a DE student, Omaha North students will have expanded access to the UNO library, with the ability to check out books and utilize far more resources than high school students generally have at UNO's library.
8. Do students have to take the AP Exam in May? UNO expects all dual enrolled students to take the AP Exam. The fee you pay to UNO covers all course fees and "tuition" and the $86 cost of the AP exam. Be aware that the granting of credit based on Dual Enrollment and the AP Exam will depend on the school she/he eventually attends. Some universities require an AP score of 3 or 4 or higher, some require only that UNO has granted credit for a grade of C or higher. And some schools need you to cover all of your bases: in the case of UNO and AP World History, the AP Exam score of 3, 4, or 5 accounts for World Civilization 1 and Dual Enrollment accounts for World Civilization 2. Contact the admissions representative at your planned university for a more definitive answer.
9. Why are only a few AP classes involved in Dual Enrollment? As the DE Program continues to evolve for the University, the decision to participate in DE is determined by each department at UNO. Some departments, such as English, worked for two years to develop a course to align with the AP curriculum for 2006-07. In addition, to qualify as a DE course, the Omaha North High Magnet School instructor must be approved as an adjunct faculty member at UNO.
10. Why does my class have to wait until January to apply for DE? Each AP course content must align with a similar course in the UNO course catalog. For record keeping purposes, some courses apply in the fall semester and some in the spring semester.
11. What if I earn a grade lower than a C in my DE class? Any grade a student earns in a dual enrollment class will be transferred to the student's UNO transcript "as is" and will count in the student's college GPA (If one earns an A in the DE course, the college GPA would start as a 4.0; a D in a DE course would result in a college GPA of 1.0). However, only grades of "C" or higher will count toward UNO's graduation.
12. What if I apply then decide to not take the class as DE? Once you apply for DE, you agree that, if accepted, you will pay the $225 fee. Students who feel, at mid-term, that their grade would hinder their college GPA must notify UNO to withdraw by November 9 (for fall semester) or March 28 (for spring semester). A "W" would appear on the college transcript (not factored into GPA) and no money would be refunded. Please contact Kelly Malone at UNO for procedures (firstname.lastname@example.org or 402 557-3832). Students who withdraw from DE would remain in the AP course at Omaha North High Magnet School and could take the AP exam in May.
13. Does the Dual Enrollment application count for regular admission to UNO? No. If a student plans to attend UNO after high school, a regular Application for Undergraduate Admission must be completed and the application fee must be paid. Undergraduate applications are available on the UNO web page at www.ses.unomaha.edu or at your high school Guidance Office. In order to be considered for UNO scholarships, a student must have the application submitted by February 1st.
14. What do I need to do to let my university know about my Dual Enrollment credits through UNO? Students attending UNO after high school will have the courses appear on their UNO transcript. Students attending any other university (including UNL and UNK) after graduating from high school need to follow transfer credit procedures. Typically, once enrolled as a full-time college student, you will need to request an official transcript from UNO be sent to your university's registrar's office. Detailed instructions from UNO are found at http://www.ses.unomaha.edu/registrar/transcr.php
15. What is the ACE Scholarship? Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program Act (LB 192) pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college coursses through dual-enrollment. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application, which is reviewed by tghe Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) for award consideration. For more information, contact Mr. Sitzman (North Dual Enrollment Coordinator) or Mr. Custard (North Director of Guidance . Here is a link to the application form.
16. “Will too many dual enrollment credits eliminate me from consideration for college scholarships?” From all reports from our graduates now in college, no Omaha North student has missed out on college scholarships, either at public or private institutions, because of dual enrollment. Admissions representatives from a wide range of schools have indicated that high school students excelling in a full schedule of rigorous and high level courses are what they are seeking for admissions and scholarships. However, there are varied experiences of how dual enrollment and Advanced Placement credits impact scholarships at some universities. For example, some Omaha North graduates now students at UNL have had DE and AP credits deducted from their Regents’ Scholarship while other students have had all of their DE and AP credits accepted without any deductions from their UNL Scholarship.
We highly recommend that you contact your college choices and ask about their policy about Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement. Ask each university the five questions in the pamplet provided by UNO