DSU receives award for Concurrent Enrollment math courses

With the help of the Concurrent Enrollment Quantitative Literacy Math Incentive from the Utah System of Higher Education, Dixie State University is set to help more high school students take college-level math courses. The $147,202 award will help Dixie State increase the number of Concurrent Enrollment math classes taught in Washington County high schools. The award will offer incentives to high schools and math teachers who use their production periods to teach Concurrent Enrollment math classes. “In addition to helping high school students complete their college math requirements before graduation, this money also helps high schools reduce class sizes in their math classes,” Kevin Simmons, Dixie State’s director of Concurrent Enrollment, said. Last year, the first year Dixie State received the award, the university received $79,876 and added 16 extra college-level math classes at area high schools. With the support of this year’s award, the university plans to facilitate the addition of another 27 classes. As a result, DSU awarded more money both years to high schools’ Concurrent Enrollment programs than any other public college or university in Utah. Ensuring the education meets university standards, DSU deans and department chairs approve the Concurrent Enrollment program’s teachers, course material, syllabi and textbooks. The college-level classes have a higher level of difficulty and prepare high school students for college. The Concurrent Enrollment program allows students to earn both high school and college credit for general education courses and saves students time and money. The state of Utah funds the program, leaving students to pay just $5 per credit. Plus, students who take Concurrent Enrollment classes from Dixie State can enroll as full-time students after graduating from high school without re-applying. For more information about Concurrent Enrollment at Dixie State University, visit concurrent.dixie.edu.