Step #1

New School Intent
Schools interested in UMC's College in the High School program that believe they have a high school teacher that has met the minimum qualifications required of an adjunct instructor at UMC - a master's degree in the discipline or a masters degree and a minimum of 18 graduate credits in the discipline, may fill out a New School Application.

Step #2

Instructor Qualifications
In order to teach a College in the High School Course with UMC, a UMC Department Head will confirm that the high school teacher has met the minimum qualifications required of adjunct instructors at UMC (A masters degree in the discipline or a masters degree and a minimum of 18 graduate credits in the discipline are the required credentials for onsite, online and concurrent enrollment instruction).

High school faculty and/or inquiring school districts can fill out a New Course/Instructor Application in addition to providing the Liberal Arts and Education Department CIHS Coordinator with the following materials:

  • CV/resume
  • college transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient while instructors are being evaluated, but once approved to teach official transcripts must be sent)
  • course request
  • course syllabi

Step #3

The Liberal Arts and Education Department CIHS Coordinator then forwards all provided documentation to the approving and hiring authority, the Academic Department Head, for review, credentialing and appropriate approval or denial.

Step #4

If an instructor has been approved, the school district is notified and asked to fill out aMicrosoft Office document icon Contract of Agreement PDF File Icon.
*At the end of each year (June), the superintendent will be sent an invoice for CIHS classes offered during that year. Schools will be charged the tuition that would normally be charged for a UMC course plus $300 for each section of each course offered plus $75 for each student registered. There will be a $50 late fee for each late registration or withdrawal. The tuition amount will then be subtracted from the invoice leaving a net amount due to UMC of the $300 per course per section, $75 per student registration and $50 late fee per late registration or withdrawal.

If denied, the inquiring H.S. instructor is sent a denial letter outlining the requirements necessary for approval along with formal communication sent to the inquiring School District Administrator.

Step #5

CIHS instructors are required to request official transcripts to be sent to the Liberal Arts and Education Department (if they have not already done so) and to submit a Human Resource Form PDF File Icon.

*The Human Resource form is used to obtain an employee ID (non-paid teaching specialist).

Step #6

Instructors are notified of their UMC Faculty collaborator assigned to them and sent a College in the High School Instructors Manual which includes tutorials and training materials.
* This information is the stepping stone along with the assistance from the Liberal Arts and Education Department in getting a new CIHS instructor oriented to the CIHS program at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Step #7

Once an instructor is approved, the Liberal Arts and Education Department establishes the class through the Academic Department (discipline specific) and the Office of the Registrar. Once the course is established in the course registration system, students can begin filing their applications for admission and registration. Students must meet the following qualifications to participate:

Student Qualifications
In order for a high school student to register for UMC course credit the student must have:

  • achieved junior status in the high school
  • cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • be a Minnesota Resident

**College in the High School students must maintain a minimum UMC G.P.A of 2.0 each term to continue enrollment at UMC. Each term with a GPA below a 2.0 will be followed by a one term suspension.

The participating High School is responsible in confirming that a student has met the above requirements prior to admission and registration in the CIHS program via official high school transcripts. UMC retains the right to run audits of program eligibility as needed.

Step #8

Current CIHS instructors receive continuous communication via site visits, campus visits, email, mail and the phone for ongoing processes, professional development, campus news, dates and deadlines, academic content, instruction materials, etc. This communication and collaboration ensures that CIHS courses administered through the University of Minnesota Crookston reflect the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of each academic department.

Step #9

Collaboration is ensured via campus visits, site visits and communication in general. Since the school year 2011-2012, site visits are conducted on a three year rotating calendar for disciplines with a larger number of courses offered, and one or two year rotating calendar for disciplines with fewer courses offered. Instructors new to CIHS receive and engage in a site visit by a faculty mentor during their inaugural year of instruction; this typically occurs during their first semester. The CIHS Coordinator works with each CIHS Instructor and the academic department to coordinate the completion of site visits.

Site visits include general academic communication, student Q & A, academic content, pedagogical collaboration, including assessment and outcomes in addition to the general collegiate environment tasks of admission, registration, scholarships, transcript information etc.