Concurrent Credit Program for Christian High Schools
Northwest University establishes Concurrent Credit agreements with Christian high schools for the following reasons:
- NU and many Christian high schools share similar educational missions and visions.
- Students benefit from being able to graduate with accredited, transferable college credit.
- Christian high schools can compete more effectively by offering collegelevel courses for a fraction of the cost.
- NU benefits from having a strong and ongoing relationship with these schools and their students and parents.
Northwest University strives to build strong leaders with a heart for God—leaders who will change the world.
The curriculum must meet the academic standards established by the University’s respective academic departments. This can be accomplished through either:
- Using the Center for Online and Extended Education (COEE) curriculum, including textbooks, outcomes, and assessments, or
- Using curriculum equivalent to that provided by COEE with other (approved) textbooks and assessments, and verification from the high school’s teacher as to how the course outcomes were satisfied.
High school teachers in the Concurrent Credit program must meet NU’s adjunct faculty qualifications:
- A minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Sufficient graduate courses and experience within the teaching field to be qualified to teach the course
- Christian commitment and agreement with the University’s educational philosophy
- Any additional departmental requirements
Assessment & Review
The Center for Online and Extended Education monitors the teaching and learning experience to ensure equivalency to NU’s academic standards. The Concurrent Credit Agreement is reviewed annually.
Courses are approved by the local high school and Northwest on an annual basis. The high school can assume that as long as there are no changes in the curriculum or faculty, previously approved courses will continue to be approved under the Concurrent Credit Agreement.
Concurrent Credit fee is $50 per credit ($150 per three-credit course). Most classes are three or four credits.
From this fee, $50 is retained by the school for classroom supplies, related equipment, or other instructional costs.