This is an article from the July 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

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High school students looking to get a jumpstart on their college education have a new opportunity through a unique partnership between Rutgers University and Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (Rutgers – SE

BS) now offers transfer credits to students who have successfully completed certain CASE courses, while in high school.

 

The following courses are available for transfer credits:

 

  • CASE Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal
  • CASE Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant
  • CASE Natural Resources and Ecology
  • CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology
  • CASE Food Science and Safety

 

“We partnered with CASE a number of years ago because we saw the potential of this outstanding national program,” said Dr. Thomas Leustek, Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Assessment at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. “We offer college credits for students who complete certified CASE courses at their secondary school, who then are accepted into and matriculate at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.”

 

Students may receive up to 13.5 transfer credits for these specific CASE courses taken in high school, as long as the high school has an active articulation agreement with Rutgers – SEBS. Any secondary school that teaches one or more CASE courses may request an articulation agreement. Students must also have completed high school with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 GPA scale) and have been accepted to Rutgers–SEBS within four years of their high school graduation.

 

“We are excited about the new CASE link on the Rutgers University website designed to help students get transfer credits for CASE courses,” said Nancy Trivette, New Jersey Program Leader, Agricultural Education/State CASE Leader. “The site includes a template for an articulation agreement between Rutgers and the secondary institution. Access to the transfer credit and articulation agreements will allow any CASE students from schools with articulation agreement to get credit for CASE courses at Rutgers.”

 

Agriculture classes are already marketable with their hands-on approaches to learning through inquiry-based instruction and the enhancement of science in the curriculum. What better way to take that marketability to the next level than by providing your students with the opportunity to earn college credits before they set foot on campus?

 

For more information about this opportunity and to request an articulation agreement, follow this link.

 

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education courses are developed using elements from pedagogical approaches that are recognized in educational literature as proven and effective modes of teaching and learning. For more information about CASE and what it can do for your program, click here.