for Secondary Students
What is the CAPSS program?
(Concurrent Academic Partnership for Secondary Students) is a program that provides
an opportunity for qualified high school students to take advantage of academic
college courses and earn college credit prior to graduating from high school.
Vocational programs follow a different set of admission guidelines.
What is the advantage of taking College courses while in high school?
Students are able to get an early start on their college career and earn
college credit at an affordable price. Often it will keep students
from extending their time at a more costly four-year institution.
Can any high school student enroll in college courses?
No, there are admission guidelines that have been put into place to help
promote student success and provide a positive first-time college experience.
Students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior, or a student who is
classified as “gifted” with a current Individual Education
Plan (IEP) that indicates the student is ready for College-level coursework.
In addition, minimum G.P.A. and reading levels are required for all
academic courses, and English and Math courses require college-level
performance on writing and math assessments.
What are the admission guidelines for the CAPSS program?
To be eligible to enroll in a general education course a student must:
a high school sophomore, junior, or senior, or a “gifted” student.
a minimum high school cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 on a four-point scale.
minimum reading assessment guidelines. (ACT reading score of 18 or
equivalent proficiency on ASSET or COMPASS assessment instruments.)
additional assessment requirements for Math & English courses.
a CAPSS enrollment form and obtain the high school principal’s
signature on the appropriate line granting permission to enroll in
Where can students take advantage of Cowley College courses?
Campus Classes: Courses taught on a Cowley campus or outreach site
by Cowley full-time or part-time instructors
Learning Delivery: Courses delivered via Distance Learning methods
(Interactive Video [ITV], or eLearning program [Hybrid, or Online].
Enrollment Partnership (CEP) Site: Courses taught in area high schools
during the school day utilizing qualified high school instructors.
In order for a high school to serve as a CEP site, a Memorandum of
Understanding must be established between the College and the School
What courses can high school students enroll in?
Although CAPSS students may enroll in any academic course that the College
offers towards an Associate’s Degree, the following are some
of the most common courses students take advantage of, which transfer
without issues within the Regents system.
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Is there a limit to the number of hours a CAPSS student can take?
Yes. While a participant in the CAPSS program, a student will be expected
to maintain part-time student status, which means they are enrolled
in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. Occasionally, an exception
will apply to this rule. Any student wishing to enroll in 12 or more
hours in a semester is required to obtain prior approval from the Vice
President of Academic Affairs at Cowley College.
In conjunction with the Kansas Board of Regents policy,
a high school student is also limited in the number of credits they
can accumulate as part of a CEP setting; which is a total of 24 college
restriction only applies to the CEP courses offered during the high school
day and taught by a high school instructor.)
Can the college credit that’s
earned be transferred to another institution?
Yes. Cowley College has transfer agreements with the Regents Universities
in Kansas, many area private institutions, as well as other four-year
institutions in surrounding states. How Cowley College courses transfer
is established by the four-year institutions, which have guidelines outlining
how previous college credit earned will be applied to the student’s
program of study. To answer specific transfer questions, it is best to
check directly with the institution where the student plans to transfer
or work with a Cowley academic advisor. (Janice Stover at Cowley
How do the college credits that have been earned through the CAPSS program
get transferred to another institution?
After the course grades have been recorded on the student’s official
Cowley transcript, the student must complete a Transcript Request Form
through the Cowley Registrar’s office. A processing fee of
$6.00 per transcript applies. Once this step is completed, a student’s
official transcript is sent to the designated institution where the transcript
is evaluated and appropriate credit is applied to the student’s
academic record at that institution.
What does a student need to provide
to the College in order to be enrolled for classes?
The College must receive the following for each student:
completed CAPSS enrollment form with Principal’s signature
official copy of their current High School transcript reflecting GPA
or confirmation of GPA from High School counselor on the CAPSS form.
copy of qualifying ACT test scores or completion of a Cowley assessment
payment of tuition and fees
Where can students take the necessary assessment tests?
Students may take the ACT on one of the National test dates scheduled
on Saturdays periodically throughout the year. If students have not
taken the ACT, they may take one of the assessment tests provided by
Cowley College. Many area high schools offer on-site assessment opportunities
provided by Cowley College. Check with your high school counselor to
see if your school participates in this testing option. Students may
also schedule an appointment to test at the Cowley main campus by contacting
the admissions office at (620) 441-5303; the Mulvane Center
at 316.777.3050 [430 E. Main – Mulvane]; or the Cowley Wichita
Eastside Center at 316.683.6013 [4900 E. Pawnee – Suite 107].
When do students enroll for classes?
Personnel from the College visit many of the area high schools to enroll
students at the beginning of each semester. Students can also enroll
at the main campus or at one of the Cowley College outreach centers.
Students should check with their high school counselor to see if enrollment
will take place at their high school.
How do students obtain the necessary textbooks?
Students are expected to purchase their own copy of the course textbook,
unless otherwise provided by their school district. Many of the outlying
high schools choose to have personnel from Cowley visit their site
at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters to sell textbooks and
Students may also purchase their textbooks directly at the Sid
Regnier bookstore located at 207 West Fifth Avenue on the main campus
in Arkansas City or the Wichita Eastside Location at designated times
at the start of each semester. The bookstore phone number is (620) 441-5277.
What does it cost to take courses?
The student will be responsible for paying the College the current rate
of tuition and fees per credit hour as outlined by College Policy. The
current rates are published in the current course schedule, on the Cowley
College website, or can be obtained from your high school counselor.
Can students obtain scholarships for tuition and fees for the college
classes while they are concurrently enrolled in high school?
No. State law only allows scholarships to be provided to high school
What payment options are available
if a student can’t
afford to pay tuition, fees, and book costs at the time of enrollment?
Cowley College provides the opportunity for students to take advantage
of a budget tuition management plan called e-cashier through nelnet,
which charges a minimal non-refundable service fee per semester. This
interest-free payment plan allows students or parents to authorize automatic
bank withdrawals from a banking account, or charge monthly payments to
a credit card. Students can register for the e-Cashier program online
at http://www.cowley.edu/admissions/ecashierpayment.html Informational
forms may also be available from your high school counselor.
How do students find out their current grades in their College courses?
Each Cowley student is created an identification number and provided
access to log into Campus Connect, the student information system. Through
Campus Connect, students can view academic information such as their
grades, schedules, unofficial transcripts and other pertinent information. Information
on accessing Campus Connect is provided to students at the time of
enrollment or through their instructor.
Will parents have access to the
College academic progress?
If the student provides their parents with their access information,
a parent can access the student information via Campus Connect, or
the student can sign a release to grant permission for College personnel
to discuss their progress with a parent. As part of the CAPSS
enrollment form, however, students do sign a permission form that allows
the College to communicate student performance information to personnel
at their high schools.
While a participant in the CAPSS program, concurrent students are
officially registered as students of Cowley College and classified as
non-degree seeking students. The academic credit granted for college
course work successfully completed by the student shall qualify for College
credit. Credit will be recorded on the student’s official academic
record of the College. At the discretion of the high school, course work
may simultaneously qualify for high school credit.
The Cowley student handbook and catalog will serve
as the official rules of record, which govern student activity in admission,
enrollment, course work, and behavior. All college polices can be accessed
via the Cowley Web Site at the following link: http://www.cowley.edu/policy/policy.html. Additional
information regarding Cowley College is available to students and the
public at www.cowley.edu. It is recommended that students become familiar
with the information on the Cowley web site, in particular with information
listed under the “Academics” menu.
Who is the Cowley College contact person for the CAPSS Program?
In most schools, the high school counselor serves as the contact person
to answer student’s questions. For further assistance, contact
Janice Stover, Director of Academic Enrichment at the main Cowley College
campus at (620) 441-5247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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