When it comes to affordable college credit while still in high school, one of the key questions to ask is where the credit comes from. As you are helping your students understand their options, it’s important to know the college that is approving the course and the process they go through to review and approve the course for college credit.
If you are working with a college directly for the college-level course, it’s obvious where the credit is coming from. But if you are working with an organization that isn’t a college, that information might not be so clear. Organizations like TEL work with transcribing partners to provide that college credit.
Transcribing partners are colleges or universities that agree to recognize a course for college credit, saying that the curriculum and the rigor matches what they would expect from their own courses. These partners provide an official college transcript for courses that students complete successfully. Providing this transcript makes the college a transcribing partner.
Different institutions may look for different things when deciding if they will be a transcribing partner. It’s a good idea to check with the organization offering the courses to make sure you know what their vetting process looks like. It should include:
- Reviewing the total number of estimated contact hours required to complete the course
- Evaluating course objectives to make sure they match a similar course
- Reviewing the course materials for key concepts
- Determining whether the assessments show the level of understanding that the school would expect from a similar course
The review process is more than just thumbing through a few pages and rubber stamping a course. At TEL, we provide course review packets that are more than 40 pages long so schools can get an accurate view of what the course is and how it might compare to a similar course on their campus.
Students who enroll in Courses on Demand are typically not eligible for services from the transcribing partner, such as professional development activities or counseling services. Check to make sure the organization providing the courses provides support services to help students as they work through the course materials.
Transcribing allows students to identify high-quality courses that can also provide affordable and flexible options for college credit. When you understand the vetting process, you will be able to provide the best information for your students.