The colleges and universities of Minnesota State remain firmly committed to helping Minnesota's secondary students prepare for and successfully make the transition to college, regardless of when that transition begins. The Minnesota Legislature created Post-Secondary Enrollment Options programs in 1985 to promote rigorous course taking and improve student transitions to postsecondary education.
In 2011, nearly 25,000 high school students earned college credits from the system's 37 colleges and universities. Minnesota State leaders believe PSEO is a valuable and effective way to enhance student learning, and they are working with P-12 and higher education partners to support and enhance the quality of PSEO teaching and learning. PSEO and similar programs benefit students in Minnesota and nationally, research shows. Compared to peers who did not participate in dual credit programs, PSEO students:
Students from nearly every public high school in Minnesota earn credits at the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. Through PSEO, students may take courses on a college or university campus or, where available, at their high school. PSEO courses taught in high schools are commonly called concurrent enrollment courses. High school students may take online courses offered by the state colleges and universities.
Students need to meet prerequisite requirements for the course. The college or university makes the final determination on a student's readiness.
If a concurrent enrollment course cannot be filled with eligible 11th and 12th grade students, a 9th or 10th grade student may be able to enroll in that course if:
There is a risk for students in this program. If a class required for high school graduation is not successfully completed, the student may not be able to graduate with his or her class, and a grade will be recorded on a permanent college or university transcript.
Tuition, fees and books for PSEO students who earn dual credits are paid by the Minnesota Department of Education to the colleges and universities in which PSEO students are enrolled. The formula is established in statute.
High school and college or university instructors build collegial relationships through periodic communications and develop a shared understanding of college and work readiness. The system is working to expand and enhance professional development opportunities for concurrent enrollment teachers and mentors to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.