Minnesota high school student PSEO and concurrent enrollment activity
The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program in Minnesota allows high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to earn college credit while in high school. High school students can participate in PSEO in several ways:
- Take courses at a postsecondary institution
- Take courses offered at their high school taught by a qualified high school instructor or college instructor; sometimes referred to as concurrent/dual enrollment or "College in the Schools"
- Take courses offered online taught by a college instructor
PSEO provides students with a great variety of class offerings and the opportunity to pursue challenging coursework. The program is administered through the Minnesota Department of Education.
During the 2010-11 school year, a total of 28,551 Minnesota high school juniors and seniors participated in PSEO.
- 8,261 Minnesota high school students (2,625 juniors and 5,636 seniors) participated in PSEO by taking a course(s) at a postsecondary institution. Of these, 733 were from private high schools and 1,476 were home-schooled students. Nearly one-quarter, or 2,585 attended college full-time.
- 20,290 high school students (7,714 juniors and 12,576 seniors) participated in PSEO by taking a course(s) in their high school involving 274 public school districts (82 percent of all school districts) and some private schools and charter schools. Concurrent enrollment is the most popular and fastest-growing form of PSEO.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program Enrollments by High School Grade
|Grade 11 in high school||Grade 12 in high school|
|School Year||Enrolled in a College||Concurrent Enrollment in High School||Total||Enrolled in a College||Concurrent Enrollment in High School||Total||Total PSEO Program Participants||Total Grade 11 and Grade 12 Students in Public High Schools||Percent Grade 11 and Grade 12 Students Enrolled in PSEO|
Only juniors and seniors may participate in PSEO. Enrolled in a College category includes students in public schools, nonpublic schools and home schooled. Concurrent Enrollment category includes only public high school students.
*Concurrent enrollment data available starting in 2007-08. These public high school students take college-level courses in their high schools.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education
- Dual Enrollment Research from the University of Minnesota
- College in the Schools at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- Stretching Minds and Resources: 20 years of post secondary enrollment options in Minnesota (.pdf)
- Progress and Possibilities: Trends in Public High School Student Participation with Minnesotas Dual Credit Programs 2006-2011
- U.S. Department of Education: Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2002-03
- Minnesota Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships