High School Faculty/Staff — Establishing an ISU Course on a High School Campus
The appropriate academic departments must annually approve all Idaho State University courses offered on a high school campus. In order for high school instructors to be considered for ISU adjunct/affiliate faculty status they must hold a Master's degree in the subject area and submit an Early College Program High school Adjunct and Course Request Form to the Early College Program Office. A course request application is considered complete when accompanied by the following:
- Course Request Form (with signature from building principal)
- Current Resume' or Curriculum Vitae
- Personal Teaching Philosophy Statement (College Level Instruction)
- Letter(s) of Recommendation
- Transcripts (unofficial are OK until approved, then official needed)
Upon approval, instructors will work with departments to develop an approved syllabus and review textbook(s) guidelines.
High School Instructor Qualifications
High school instructors must meet the same adjunct qualifications as those met by all ISU adjuncts within the academic department. Academic departments require adjuncts to hold at least a Master’s degree in the content area of the course requested. Instructors requesting approval for dual credit history courses may be approved without a Master's degree if they are AP audit approved through College Board.
High School Student Qualifications
Idaho State University enrollment procedures follow guidelines set forth by the Idaho State Board of Education regarding accelerated learning programs or high school dual credit. High school students must have a 3.00 high school GPA (for students taking academic courses). High school students must be at least 16 years old (at start of semester), or must have successfully completed at least one-half of the high school graduation requirements as certified by the high school. High school students must have a signature from both a parent and a high school principal or counselor recommending enrollment in college level course work.
If a student does not meet the above criteria, a school official may make an exception upon review with the student and/or parents.
High School Classroom Qualifications
Whenever possible, it is recommended that only high school students registered for the ISU course attend the class. While a mixed classroom population is acceptable, Idaho State University’s academic departments are committed to providing students enrolled in ISU courses on the high school campus with an educational experience that approximates, as closely as possible, the experience they would have if taking the same courses on ISU’s campus. It is especially important for all students in a class to have the appropriate prerequisite skills. Students lacking those skills not only do poorly but affect the focus of the class, to the detriment of those who are prepared to learn the higher-level material.
Idaho State University minimum and maximum class limits must be followed. Generally a minimum of 5 students is required for any ISU course offered on a high school campus. The Early College Program and/or the academic department will inform instructors teaching course(s) with an established class maximum.
High School Instructor Responsibilities:
- Notify ECP office of class start date, end date, and meeting time(s) as soon as schedule is set each year/term
- New syllabus should be submitted each year, unless otherwise instructed by your department. Print payment, refund, drop, and withdraw deadlines on the course syllabus
- If teaching an English composition, statistics or calculus course, instructors should arrange for students to take the ACT, SAT or COMPASS placement test(s) early - scores to be submitted to ECP staff or ISU Admissions Office.
- Facilitate ISU registration and fee payment
- Notify students of final roster of those registered for ISU credit
- Remind student of ISU withdrawal process and deadlines if student transfers out of your class - notify ECP office if student does not return to class
- Attend annual Idaho State University Early College Teacher Training
- Work with assigned academic department liaison
- Inform students of mid-term D and F grades
- Submit final student grades by the appropriate deadlines
High School Student Responsibilities:
- Purchase textbooks and materials, if required
- Take ACT or COMPASS placement tests if needed
- Read over course payment, drop and withdrawal deadlines
- Discuss enrollment options with ECP staff and/or high school counselor
- Apply to the Early College Programs and submit required test scores
- Register online and submit payment by the established due date
- You must withdraw from ISU if you plan on dropping out of your early college course
High School Administrator Responsibilities:
- Support Early College program within the school
- Act as a liaison between high school students, parents, instructors, Early College Program and the community
- Recommend courses and qualified instructors
- Support high school instructors also serving as ISU adjunct instructors
- Oversee ISU courses offered, including guidelines on textbook purchasing, course enrollment and completion of registration forms, and provide support for any required placement testing
- Collaborate with the Early College Program to resolve any questions or concerns
Idaho State University Responsibilities:
- Provide curriculum and instructor support
- Provide instructor stipend pay
- Advise students regarding course selection, admissions, and transfer
- Facilitate course registration and fee payment
- Assign a faculty member from the academic department to serve as a liaison to the high school adjunct instructor
- Offer annual Early College Teacher Training Workshops
- Early College Program staff serve as point of contact for dual credit scholarship options
Course instructors need to have course textbooks approved through the academic department. Students can purchase textbooks at the university bookstore or on-line at www.efollett.com. Some high schools will purchase and provide textbooks to students enrolled.