Articulated College Credit
WHY explore opportunities through Articulated College Credit (ACC)?
Articulated College Credit (ACC) means:
- Earn Technical or Community college credits (Articulated College Credit - ACC) in grades 9, 10, 11, 12
- Stay in your own high school with your friends and the teachers you already know
- Explore career opportunities through high school courses
- Complete your college program sooner, saving time and money
HOW do I Earn Articulated College Credit (ACC)?
- Click here and see what Articulated College Credit classes your high school is currently offering.
- If these classes fit your interests and career goals, or if you want to explore the career field, choose one of these classes at your high school.
- Ask your teacher how you can earn ACC.
WHAT do I do with Articulated College Credit?
- Download your ACC record at any time after you have completed your high school ACC course.
- Bring the ACC record to one of the colleges listed and enroll in a career program or major that accepts those credits.
WHERE can I use the credit?
- ACC is NOT transcripted at the college until you have enrolled and taken a course at that college.
- Bring your printed ACC record when registering at a college listed on your ACC Record to receive the credit(s) earned. ACC requires that you enroll and complete a college course at that college in order for the ACC to be added to your college transcript. Other colleges MAY honor the credits.
- You must always check with the college or university of your choice for specific criteria in a program or major — not all credits will be accepted into all programs or majors.
WHO is part of CTEcreditMN — is my high school involved?
There are many Career and Technical Consortia across Minnesota. A consortium is a group of high schools and colleges who work together to provide students a link from high school to college. Visit the Schools/Courses page to see which high schools offer ACC.
High School College Credit Options
|Frequently Asked Questions||Articulated College Credit(ACC) through Perkins||Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)||Concurrent Enrollment (CE)||Advanced Placement (AP)||International Baccalaureate (IB)|
|What are these initiatives about?||Perkins is a federally funded program within the Carl D Perkins Act administered by the state. It is intended to provide entry level career and technical courses to high school students and create a bridge between secondary (High School) and postsecondary (College).||PSEO is a state program intended to offer eligible high school students more challenging academic coursework if they have met the requirements at their high school.||Concurrent Enrollment allows juniors and seniors to take free college-level courses at their high school through partnerships between high schools and local colleges and universities. Common names for concurrent enrollment include College in the Schools, CEP, and College Now, in addition to others.||This initiative is a program run by the College Board, the same organization that designs and administers the SAT||Founded and maintained by International Baccalaureate. Schools must be an IB school to participate.|
|Who is eligible to take these courses?||High School Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (Each agreement has various grade qualifiers)||
||Varies by high school; legislation allows 9th-12th grade participation, subject to qualifications set by high school and college/university||Varies; some high schools may enroll students beginning in 9th grade||Varies; some high schools may enroll students beginning in 9th grade|
|Who teaches the courses and where are they taught?||High School teacher at the high school||College Instructor at the college or online.||
||Taught at some high schools by a qualified teacher||Taught at an IB-authorized high school by a qualified HS instructor.|
|Are there specific criteria to be met by the high school?||
||College Course - no high school responsibility||The High School must maintain the college rigor and meet all college outcomes for the course.||Determined by the district||Determined by IB processes|
|What is a mentor and what do they do?||Formal meetings are held at least every two years. College & High School instructors encourage one another and voluntarily work together.||N/A||A mentor is a college instructor who supports the high school teacher, ensuring college rigor and course outcomes are being met.||N/A||N/A|
|What are the admission requirements?||There are no admission requirements. The high school teacher makes the option available to students.||
||High schools determine eligibility||High schools determine eligibility|
|What is the financial obligation of the student?||Student pays no tuition||No cost to student for tuition, books and fees||
||Student usually pays to take the AP test||No cost to the student|
|What is the financial obligation of the high school?||There is no financial obligation except for ensuring instructors are attending the articulation meeting and that a substitute teacher is available for them.||The MN General Education Revenue is reduced. The amount of reduction is based on the percent of time the student spends away from their high school||
||Determined by the district and AP||Determined by the district and IB|
|How is college credit generated?||Student earns a transfer credit - converted when they enroll and complete one semester of college in the corresponding CTE pathway||Student credits are recorded on their college transcript||Student credits are recorded on their college transcript||College credit may be awarded based on AP exam scores. Colleges & universities typically give credit for scores of 3-5; some give credit only for scores of 4 or 5; some colleges don’t award credit for some or all AP exams||
|How are the courses assessed?||Assessment is determined cooperatively and reviewed annually or biennially (e.g. B or better in the course + complete skills checklist / pass college course exam / oral presentation review by college faculty)||Assessment is as determined by the college instructor||Assessment is the same as the corresponding college course delivered on campus||
||Standardized exams given at the end of each course|
|What are the benefit(s)?||
|What are the barriers?||
||IB is designed to help students gain admission to universities and careers of their choice, support the smooth transition to university.|