College in the High School

Get a headstart...earn college credits in your high school classes with College in the High School at the University of Minnesota Crookston!

Click here to chat with a representative from the College in the High School Program at the University of Minnesota CrookstonCollege in the High School (CIHS) is a University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) program that delivers University courses, in collaboration with area high schools, to advanced high school students.

Administered by the Liberal Arts and Education Department, the program offers regular, introductory University courses at participating high schools. All courses are approved for degree credit, and specially credentialed high school faculty members teach all CIHS classes.

Prospective Schools, Instructors and Students

Prospective Schools, Instructors and Students

Prospective Schools, Instructors and StudentsThe College in the High Schools program offers numerous benefits to students, teachers, and school districts, creating a winning situation and great opportunities for all involved.


  • Earn college credit without leaving their high school campus
  • Develop college-level skills in critical thinking and writing via University of Minnesota Crookston curriculum and university-level discourse
  • Demonstrate their learning over an entire semester, not just on a single, high-stakes test


  • Attend faculty development workshops led by U of M Crookston faculty coordinators who present continuously updated information
  • Develop professional relationships and share ideas and techniques with CIHS instructors and faculty coordinators
  • Re-energize themselves through collaboration with other motivated colleagues

School Districts

  • Satisfy parent and student demand for on-site, college level courses without losing significant state-support dollars
  • Receive high quality professional development for CIHS instructors
  • Enjoy the benefits of partnering with an outstanding research and teaching university

Learn more

Current Schools, Instructors and Students

Current Schools, Instructors and Students

Welcome back! We are excited to note, that we now have an online Course Request form. Also, for those of you interested in creating a Moodle Site, please contact the UMC-CIHS office, and we will work with you to set one up.

*Qualified students with disabilities who require academic accommodations through UMC must register with the UMC Disability Resource Center.

News and Events

News and Events



Tim Denny from Northwestern Mental Health Center at the College in the High School Workshop

Tim Denny from Northwestern Mental Health Center
speaks at Monday's College in the High School Workshop at UMC.

College in the High School: Educators attend CIHS workshop

By Times Report
Posted Jun. 4, 2014 @ 10:45 am
Crookston, Minn.

More than 60 College in the High School instructors from 42 area school districts served by the program coordinated by the U of M Crookston's Center for Adult Learning attended this year's CIHS Workshop at UMC on Monday.
While on campus, the teachers took part in Peer-Faculty Discipline Specific Working Sessions across 14 disciplines, and also participated in a professional development presentation put on by the Northwestern Mental Health Center's Timothy Denney, M.S.
The title of Denny's training was "What's going on here? Identifying Mental Health Difficulties in Classroom Behavior."

Denny detailed things teachers can do to identify potential mental health concerns with students such as anxiety, depression, and more, and offered tips that can be utilized in the classroom to help students work through these mental health situations to have success both in and out of the classroom, set goals for completing their work, and more.

Crookston High School art teacher Gary Stegman represented CHS at the workshop. He teaches CIHS-level art courses and in the fall is adding a CIHS humanities course. UMC?CAL?CIHS?Coordinator?Dana?Trickey said that nearly 70 students have signed up for the course.
UMC CAL's College in the High School program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (NACEP), and earlier this spring earned reaccreditation from NACEP.

Currently, UMC CIHS serves nearly 1,200 high school students in the region annually.


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Purpose and Objectives

Purpose and Objectives


The CIHS program with the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) was established by UMC to provide academically challenging courses, in the high school, where students would receive college credit.


  • Help college-bound high school students establish appropriate expectations for collegiate academic performance
  • Decrease the overall expense of a college education (CIHS credits can be earned at no cost to the student)
  • Provide opportunities for High School faculty and UMC faculty to:
    • work cooperatively
    • exchange ideas
    • participate in staff development activities
  • College courses are effectively integrated into the High School schedules so students can maintain their relationships within their high school

Higher Learning Commission Faculty Forms

Higher Learning Commission Faculty Forms

These files include fillable form fields.  You can print the completed form and save it to your device.

Faculty Qualifications Documentation From

Faculty Action Plan Form

Accreditation - Faculty Site Visit Information

Accreditation - Faculty Site Visit Information


Department Instructors

Department Instructors


CIHS Annual Workshop! 
June 4th
9:00 A.M to 3:00 P.M.
Bede Ballroom, UMC
Open to CIHS Instructors

Register Here

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For more information about NACEP please visit

College in the High School

University of Minnesota Crookston

251 Owen Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8677

FAX: 218-281-8676


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