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DelVal program allows high schools to offer university-level courses

Nov 27, 2017

DelVal program allows high schools to offer university-level courses

Head of Solebury School Tom Wilschutz, DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo, and Owen J. Roberts High School Principal Dr. Richard Marchini.

High-achieving students at two area high schools won’t have to wait until graduation to get a start on their bachelor’s degrees. Delaware Valley University signed agreements on Monday, Nov. 27, with Solebury School in New Hope, Pennsylvania and Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, that will allow students to take university-level courses at the high schools during regular school hours. The program is aimed at giving students the opportunity to earn college credits while completing their high school graduation requirements. 

“The program allows students to start their bachelor’s degrees early and at a reduced rate per credit,” said Art Goon, Delaware Valley University’s vice president of enrollment management. “Through this program, a student could go into college with credits in addition to Advanced Placement AP credits. Innovative partnerships like this one help with increasing access and affordability, reducing student debt, and helping students graduate on time or even early.”

 Participants will save between $350 and $450 per credit hour. Credits count toward both high school and college graduation requirements.

“Innovative educational opportunities are part of the Solebury School experience,” said Tom Wilschutz, head of Solebury School. “We are excited to partner with Delaware Valley University to offer college credits for our Multivariable Calculus students, the first step in what we hope will be an ongoing collaboration with this strong institution of higher education and leader in the community."

 DelVal currently has similar partnerships with Lansdale Catholic High School and Souderton Area High School and is expanding the opportunity to two more high schools through the new agreements. 

The University offered a few pilot courses at the high schools in fall 2017 before formalizing the agreements. Abigail Adrian, a senior at Owen J. Roberts High School, was one of the first students at her high school to participate.

“I decided to take genetics because I want to pursue a science-based career, specifically veterinary medicine, and I thought the class would be beneficial,” said Adrian. “I also thought that the content would be interesting and that the class would provide me with background knowledge on genetics that would be useful to know for college classes.”

Through the partner programs, high school students have a chance to take courses on subjects such as advanced calculus, genetics, ecology, and psychology. About 30 students are participating at the new partner schools this fall.

DelVal is actively partnering with high schools in the area and is considering expanding its relationship with Owen J. Roberts High School to include a component in the life sciences that will focus on STEM education.