The ECCP is a five-year exclusive agreement between Widener University and Sussex Technical School District. This agreement allows Sussex Technical High School students to take Widener University courses during their junior and senior years in high school. Students who take these courses and earn a passing grade will earn both Widener University (college) credits and credits toward high school graduation. This practice is known as dual enrollment.
There are two types of opportunities for high school students. First, entering juniors can participate in the ECCP cohort program. Second, entering juniors and seniors are eligible to take a limited number of college courses through the ECCP elective program.
Students who participate in the cohort program will have the opportunity to complete eight or more college courses before they graduate from high school. Students enrolled in the cohort program will all take the same core courses during their junior and senior years. They will also be able to take additional elective courses.
Students who are interested in taking fewer college courses may enroll in courses through the elective program. They will take courses along side of cohort program students. Students choosing this option will be limited to taking no more than three college courses during their junior year. No more than two courses may be from Arts and Sciences offerings.
Seniors in the class of 2014 will be permitted to take up to five courses through the elective program. No more than two courses may be from Arts and Sciences offerings if not enrolled in the lab science offering. No more than three courses may be from Arts and Sciences offerings if enrolled in the lab science offering. Seniors in the class of 2015 and beyond will be limited to taking no more than three college courses during their senior year. No more than two courses may be from Arts and Sciences offerings.
The number of courses open to seniors in future years may change depending on factors such as the number of students enrolled in the cohort program and available course sections.
Cohort program participation is open to entering juniors and requires 80% overall grade average.
Elective program participation is open to juniors and seniors. However, juniors and seniors must have an 80% overall grade average in order to take full advantage of the elective program. Seniors with an overall grade average under 80% will only be permitted to take one Arts and Sciences and one education course; a total of two courses. Juniors with an overall grade average under 80% will not be able to participate until their senior year.
All students who wish to participate in the ECCP programs must have signed parent permission. In addition, all student participants will be required to attend the College Orientation and Acceleration program at Sussex Technical High School, and must successfully complete related end-of-year and summer assignments.
Students who enroll and successfully complete ECCP courses will earn both three college credits and one high school credit for each course. Earned college credits are free to Sussex Technical High School students and will be accepted by Widener University. These credits may be transferrable to other colleges and universities.
Students who participate in these programs will also have the opportunity to experience college-level course pacing and academic demands. Therefore, these students may be better prepared for success during their post-secondary education.
The main difference between ECCP coursework and AP coursework is the length of the courses. ECCP courses are completed during a single semester, just like normal college courses. AP courses are a full year in length. Successful ECCP course and AP exam completion are considered the equivalent work of a one-semester college course. Both successful AP course and college course completion demonstrate to potential colleges that your student is prepared for the rigors of college.
Students need a range of skills in order to be successful in college coursework. Your student needs to be both emotionally and academically prepared. Here are a few questions you will want to consider in order to determine whether your son or daughter is ready for college coursework:
- Is my student interested in doing college level coursework at this time?
- Is my student someone who strives for excellence?
- Is my student strongly motivated? Does he/she show initiative?
- What is my student’s stress level? Will college level coursework energize or overwhelm him/her?
- How strong are my student’s organization skills, time management skills, and study skills?
- How does my student respond to difficulty? Does he/she persevere and enjoy a challenge or become frustrated?
- What are my student’s other interests and activities? Will those interests and activities interfere with his/ her ability to meet college coursework expectations and timelines?
Online courses have many of the same demands as regular, face-to-face, college courses. Students need to be self-motivated and self-disciplined. They also need to be good time managers. We recommend you consider the questions in question number six (page 2 of this document) and the additional questions below in order to determine whether your son or daughter is ready for an online course:
- Is my student able read analytically and critically?
- Is my student able to follow written directions independently?
- Is my student able to effectively express him/herself in writing?
- Is my student comfortable using a computer including email and the internet?
- Is my student proficient using word processing and presentation software?
- Is my student able to effectively manage files on a computer and on a removable drive (A.K.A. jump drive or thumb drive)?
- Is my student comfortable working independently? Or, does he or she prefer group discussion and/or collaborative work?
Programs and Courses
Students who participate in the ECCP cohort program will have the ability to earn twenty-four or more college credits prior to graduation. Students will have exposure to college level courses that are transferable to Widener University and that may be transferable to other colleges and universities.
Cohort program participation guarantees the student access to all core cohort courses. A limited number of courses have prerequisites and/or pre-testing placement requirements. Your student’s counselor can assist you with information about course requirements.
Students who are not part of the cohort program will be placed in courses as space allows.
Other advantages of cohort program participation include peer collaboration and support throughout all cohort courses, early exposure to the education career field, and evidence of success for potential college/university application(s)
Elective program participation is less demanding than cohort program participation. Students who participate in the ECCP elective program will have the opportunity to earn three to eighteen college credits prior to graduation. Like cohort participants, these students will have exposure to college level courses that are transferable to Widener University and that may be transferable to other colleges and universities.
ECCP courses will be held at Sussex Technical High School during the regular school day. Some courses may also have online or evening class options.
Some courses will be taught by Widener University-approved Sussex Technical High School faculty. Others will be taught by Widener University-approved adjunct faculty. All teachers will hold at least a Master’s Degree.
Yes. However, you will want to ensure that your student’s schedule can accommodate both types of courses. Participation in AP or AC courses may affect your student’s ability to also participate in the cohort program due to scheduling demands. We recommend you speak with a school counselor to select the best options for your student.
Registration and Drop/Add Procedures
First, students should indicate an interest in taking ECCP courses during their February scheduling process with a school counselor. During the month of March, Sussex Technical High School will hold parent forums to discuss ECCP opportunities and expectations. If you then decide you would like your student to participate in one of the ECCP programs then you and your student will need to:
- Attend on-site registration at Sussex Technical High School during the month of April.
- Complete a Widener University application form.
- Sign a parent and student commitment letter.
- Participate in a one-morning (8:30 AM – 11:30 AM) College Orientation and Acceleration program during Senior Project Week and complete related assignments (student only).
- Participate in a one-day summer College Orientation and Acceleration session at Sussex Technical High School and complete related assignments (student only).
There will be a free drop/add period for all students (with parent permission) through July 18, 2012. After July 18 and through August 1, 2012 there will be a $100 charge for each dropped course. After August 1, 2012, students will not be permitted to drop ECCP courses.
Students and parents will be asked to register and commit to ECCP participation each school year. If a student chooses not to continue participation during his/her senior year, the parent and student need to contact the Supervisor of Student Services and complete an ECCP Cohort Discontinuation Request Form by July 15 prior to the senior school year. During the junior year, a student and parent may also contact the Supervisor of Student Services to opt out of the program beginning with the second semester of the junior year; the ECCP Cohort Discontinuation Request Form must be submitted to the Supervisor of Student Services by January 15th prior to the second semester.
Due to scheduling constraints students will not be permitted to join the cohort program after their first semester junior year. However, students will be permitted to participate in the ECCP elective program.
A Cohort student who fails an ECCP course will need to attend a meeting with a parent, an administrator and a counselor to discuss ECCP demands, ECCP continuance and ensure that the student is still on-track to graduate. Failure of the student or parent to participate in the meeting will result in removal from the cohort. A second failed course will result in the student's removal from the ECCP cohort. After removal from the cohort, such student may take only one ECCP elective course for the remainder of their academic experience at Sussex Tech.
Since ECCP courses are dual enrollment and satisfy certain subject-specific graduation requirements, a student who fails an ECCP course will need to meet with his/her counselor to ensure the student is on-track to graduate or to revise his/her four-year plan to ensure graduation (this may include summer school attendance, after-school Groves course enrollment, doubling up courses in a content area during a school year, or other modifications to the plan).
No. State of Delaware regulation allows high schools to confer a single tier of high school diploma or a certificate of completion. However, students who participate in an ECCP program will receive special recognition at the Senior Awards Ceremony.
Each ECCP course will be listed as a college level course on your student’s Sussex Technical High School transcript.
Students will receive a grade verification letter from Widener University after successful completion of each course. In addition, parents or students can request an official transcript from Widener for a nominal fee. An official transcript will include all Widener University courses in which the student was enrolled.
No. Widener University has a number of requirements for application and acceptance. Widener University application information may be found at: http://www.widener.edu/admissions/undergraduate/how_to_apply/default.aspx
Each college and university has its own policies about college course credit transfer. Parents should contact potential colleges and universities, other than Widener University, to determine what types of courses and credits can be transferred upon acceptance. Course performance is also a determining factor. Widener University will accept all credits earned with a grade of C or higher.