The Ohio Department of Higher Education revised guidelines for its College Credit Plus program due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

The document states that schools will accept students’ “intent to participate” forms through May 1, whereas the previous deadline was April 1. It also waived the ACT/SAT testing requirement for participating in classes, and now only requires students to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher to enroll in CCP classes for the upcoming summer and fall terms.

Chardon Board of Education member Keith Brewster said, in lieu of a final letter grade, most Ohio colleges and universities have opted to give students Pass/Fail grades because they haven’t been able to give students a typical hands-on education. Mr. Brewster said the higher education department has extended this privilege to students enrolled in CCP courses through colleges that are using the dualistic system, so students can choose whether they want a Pass/Fail or letter grade.

“Normally they would have to take the course for a grade,” Mr. Brewster explained. “A lot of universities have given students the option to take a class for a Pass/Fail grade.”

According to the revised guidelines, if colleges grant their students the option to withdraw from courses due to COVID-19, students enrolled in CCP classes through that college can do the same. It also states that colleges are not required to complete their annual observation of CCP-approved high school teachers for the spring 2020 semester.

In addition, the document says the funding process for this semester will remain this same because most of the courses have completed most of their term. It also encourages secondary schools to conduct remote counseling with students who are enrolled in CCP classes for the summer or fall prior to May 1.

“I would assume that those colleges have had to a adapt just the way the high schools have as well, to online, and it’s certainly not the same level of teaching,” Mr. Brewster said.

He added that College Credit Plus is a helpful program that has been helping kids in Ohio get a head start on their college careers for nearly six years now, but these revisions will have an unprecedented effect on the way grading and transcripts are handled in the coming years.

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