Virginia State University has entered into an agreement with Richmond Public Schools to offer college courses to juniors and seniors in Richmond Public High Schools. These dual enrollment courses will be available in Richmond's five comprehensive and three specialty high schools.
Under the terms of the Virginia State's Academic Partnership Program (VSAPP), qualified high school students may enroll in university courses through VSU. The courses will be taught at high schools, but course curricula, syllabi and tests will be identical to those used at VSU. Grades earned will be considered dual credit for high school and VSU. Should the high school students matriculate to VSU, their transcripts will reflect both the college credits and earned GPA.
VSAPP students and their teachers are encouraged to utilize VSU resources and facilities. Students will be issued VSU identification cards so they can access the University's library and laboratories. Some classes and tutorial sessions will be held on campus and VSU faculty will assist high school faculty in teaching the courses.
There is currently no tuition charge to the students taking dual enrollment courses. Textbooks are usually purchased by the high school system hosting the classes. Dual enrollment students typically enter college with close to a semester's worth of credits, resulting in savings of several thousand dollars.
VSU currently has dual enrollment agreements with Petersburg, Prince George and Dinwiddie. The university is pursuing similar initiatives with school systems in Hampton Roads.
"Dual enrollment partnerships epitomize ‘win-win' collaboration between secondary schools and higher education," said VSU President Keith T. Miller. "They allow high school students to get a leg up on their college education, both academically and economically. Meanwhile, VSU is able to share its human resources and technology with our public schools. Regardless of whether the high school student ultimately enrolls at VSU, he or she is more prepared for success at the college level."