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ASU College Credit for High School Students

High school students participating in our educational travel programs of 3 days or more are eligible to receive undergraduate credit through Adams State University. Tours of duration of three days or more qualify students for a full 1 semester credit hour of undergraduate credit. Please read below or ask your tour director for more details...

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What is the age requirement for students?

Only students who have already begun taking high school classes at the time of the tour are eligible to enroll in the undergraduate program. All students participating in our educational travel programs, however, are eligible to participate in Adams State University's Leadership Program. Click the ASU Leadership Program link below to learn more of this program.

What is the course and what does it involve?

Students wishing to participate in this program will register online for Ed 587 Educational Travel through Adams State University Extended Studies. By participating in the program, students will learn from educational experts as they travel to strategic areas of the country to study historical and cultural landmarks.  This learning opportunity will provide the student with hands-on learning experiences and activities that cannot be easily duplicated in the traditional classroom.

School Tours of America, an organization founded by educators and educational tour pioneers, and local educators collaborate to provide a life experience that will allow students to visit sites and explore their historical, cultural, and educational advantages.  There are many ways to improve student achievement, and travel programs are recognized as a vital component to the educational process.  In this course students will engage in conversations related to the places they visit and apply this learning through various activities based exclusively on the sites visited.

What is expected for successful completion of the course?

Participants will:

  • Travel to each designated location provided in the itinerary.
  • Participate in discussions related to the areas visited.
  • Learn from experts why these areas were selected and the significance of the sites visited.
  • Explore ideas with their peers related to the visitation.
  • Network and dialog with other students and teachers sharing experiences and ideas related to the selected site.
  • Actively participate in activities related to the tour. This includes successful completion of a reflection paper based on experiences related to the travel.
  • Share and apply their knowledge of what was learned during the experience or activity with their peers, instructors, and family.
How is the course graded?

A grade of pass/fail will be given for the course. The participant will have to have an 80 percent or better to receive a passing grade.

  • Attendance at all travel sites and events is expected. (10%)
  • Participants will actively engage in discussions related to the visitation sites with the expectation that the knowledge and experience gained while traveling will be applied in a learning environment when the student returns home. (10%)
  • A reflection paper will be completed by each participant and evaluated by the instructor (80%).
What is the cost of the course credit?

Students registering at Adams State University for 1 semester credit hour will be charged $55.

How do I sign up and receive my undergraduate credit?

If you would like to register for ID 189 Educational Travel, contact Dr. Georgia Grantham at grantham@schooltoursofamerica.com.  Dr. Grantham will provide information to register for the course including the course syllabus.  A complimentary, official ASU transcript will be sent to you once you have completed the course.  Students must be a senior in high school to register for the course.

Will my ASU credit transfer to other colleges?

The credit earned through Adams State University is supported by nation’s most credible and respected, educational governing body- the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois, 60602-2504. Adams State University’s accreditation status can be verified at the Department of Education website: http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

Individual Adams State University programs are accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music, Teacher Education Accrediting Council (TEAC) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). Adams State University is an institutional member of the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business and the National Association of Schools of Music. The college is also approved by the American Association of University Women.

The decision to accept Adams State University credit for transfer is up to the institution. Check with the institution you plan to attend to see if they will accept the credit.

Is it possible to receive high school credit instead?

This decision is up to your high school or school district. While Adams State University is an accredited institution of higher learning, it can only issue college undergraduate and graduate level credit. However, School Tours of America and Adams State University have prepared a sample high school course syllabus proposal based upon the same academic requirements for its program. This proposal will help facilitate the approval process for your teacher for high school credit.