PSEO

Career and College Readiness Resources
 In today's global economy, students must be well-prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. Osakis Schools provides support to assist students as they transition from middle school to high school and into an increasingly wide array of postsecondary options. Each of the options is described below.
 
For questions on any of these resources please contact: Melissa Bergquist, Osakis Schools, 320-859-2191,  mbergquist@osakis.k12.mn.us.
 
Concurrent Enrollment 
Osakis Schools partners with the University of Minnesota, Crookston, M State, Fergus Falls, and Alexandria Technical and Community College to offer college credit courses to our high school students here. Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution.
 
There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses, but there are entrance requirements. These courses provide high school students advanced skills today and greater flexibility when they enter the university setting full-time. That may include pursuing second majors and internships or studying abroad. 


There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses, but there are entrance requirements. These courses provide high school students advanced skills today and greater flexibility when they enter the university setting full-time. That may include pursuing second majors and internships or studying abroad.
 
Osakis Schools offers the following Concurrent Enrollment Courses:
 

College Credit Courses

At Osakis High School 2020-21

University of Minnesota, Crookston

              COMP 1011:  Composition I                                    3 Credits

COMP 1013:  Composition II                                  3 Credits

ENGL 1005:  Introduction to Literature                3 Credits

ENGL 1016:  American Literature: Race, Gender, Class, & the

American Dream                          3 Credits

COMM 1101: Public Speaking                               3 Credits

TH 1121:        Theatre Production                         1 Credit (up to 6 credits)

NATR 1226:  Issues in Sustainability                    3 Credits

                        (Environmental Science) 

Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls

              BIOL 1122:    General Biology I                            4 Credits

              BIOL 1123:    General Biology II                           4 Credits

             BIOL 2260:   Anatomy and Physiology I               3 Credits

             BIOL 2261:   Anatomy and Physiology I LAB      1 Credit

             BIOL 2262:   Anatomy and Physiology II              3 Credits

             BIOL 2263:   Anatomy and Physiology II LAB     1 Credit

             CHEM 1101:  Principles of General Chemistry    4 Credits

             ECON 2222:  Microeconomics                               3 Credits 

Alexandria Technical & Community College

             EDUC 1400:  Intro to Education                            3 Credits

             HIST 1401:  American History I                           3 Credits (Fall)


            HIST 1402:  American History II                          3 Credits (Spring)

            ITEC 1430:  Intro to Computer                               3 Credits

                           MATH 1420: College Algebra                                 3 Credits (Fall)

            MATH 1432: College Principles of Trigonometry 3 Credits (Spring)                            
 
            
MATH 1426: College Calculus I                              4 Credits (Fall)         


            MATH 1445: College Introduction to Statistics     3 Credits (Spring)

            POLS 1460:  Constitutional Democracy/Govt       3 Credits (Spring)

            PSY 1445:      General Psychology                          3 Credits

            PSY 1410:      Abnormal Psychology                       3 Credits

                                                                                                25 Total Courses       78 College Credits

       *Additional opportunities available through Online College in the High School or via ITV courses.


College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a College Board program that allows students to accelerate their education by earning college credit by taking a computer-based test of their knowledge. Learning can be done through general academic instruction, independent study, extracurricular work or volunteerism. The time and money saved can be significant. Check with the postsecondary institution of your choice for their most recent CLEP credit policy. Visit the College Board website for more information.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
PSEO is a program that allows students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.
 
By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year (whichever is earlier), schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.  Also, please feel free to contact the Osakis school counselor, Melissa Bergquist, at 320-859-2191 or by email at mbergquist@osakis.k12.mn.us for more information.  
 

Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.  Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.  School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.  

All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits will be final.  Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.

Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional postsecondary courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.

For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

This information provided with the assistance of MREA, a statewide organization advocating for Greater Minnesota students.

PSEO Statute M.S. 124D.09, Subd. 6. Counseling 
• The school or school district must provide counseling services to pupils and their parents or guardian before the pupils enroll in courses under this section to ensure that the pupils and their parents or guardian are fully aware of the risks and possible consequences of enrolling in postsecondary courses. The school or school district must provide information on the program including who may enroll, what institutions and courses are eligible for participation, the decision-making process for granting academic credits, financial arrangements for tuition, books and materials, eligibility criteria for transportation aid, available support services, the need to arrange an appropriate schedule, consequences of failing or not completing a course in which the pupil enrolls, the effect of enrolling in this program on the pupil's ability to complete the required high school graduation requirements, and the academic and social responsibilities that must be assumed by the pupils and their parents or guardian. The person providing counseling shall encourage pupils and their parents or guardian to also use available counseling services at the postsecondary institutions before the quarter or semester of enrollment to ensure that anticipated plans are appropriate.

• Prior to enrolling in a course, the pupil and the pupil's parents or guardian must sign a form that must be provided by the school or school district and may be obtained from a postsecondary institution stating that they have received the information specified in this subdivision and that they understand the responsibilities that must be assumed in enrolling in this program. The department must, upon request, provide technical assistance to a school or school district in developing appropriate forms and counseling guidelines.