Mt. Pleasant University coming to town in January
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Mt. Pleasant University? Why not?
Mt. Pleasant already has a college and now Mt. Pleasant Superintendent of Schools Mike Wells is attempting to add a university in the community.
Actually, Wells is combining Mt. Pleasant’s Iowa Wesleyan College and the high school in what he hopes becomes Mt. Pleasant University.
Beginning next semester Mt. Pleasant High School students who meet certain criterion will be able to take college courses at IWC tuition-free.
The Mt. Pleasant Community School District will pick up the tuition. The district has agreed to pay IWC $20,000 in tuition for the courses. However, if the student fails the course, he/she will have to reimburse the school district $200.
“Mt. Pleasant School District is excited to partner with Iowa Wesleyan College to offer our students college opportunities,” Wells said in announcing the new program. “IWC has been excellent to work with and we appreciate their willingness to help us.”
Mt. Pleasant High School students must have a C average (2.5 grade-point average) to be eligible to take the IWC courses. Students who fall below a 2.5 GPA can speak to the high school principal or Wisdom Quest principal about taking the courses.
IWC will provide the students with an IWC identification card.
The high school students will be able to choose from nearly 30 college courses during the spring semester. Some of the subject areas include art, biology, business, communications, criminal justice, economics, government/history, mathematics, modern languages, music, nursing, philosophy, physical education, psychology, religion and sociology. High school students will be taking the courses simultaneously with IWC students in the college classroom.
Naturally, some of the IWC courses may have limited enrollment. IWC students complete their spring registration on Nov. 19. The college will notify the high school of the number of available respective class spots on Nov. 20. A committee will go through all of the high school applications/class request forms to determine student placements.
Most of the courses will be taught during the day at IWC and Wells said high school schedules of students wishing to take the courses will have to be coordinated with their high school schedules. The students must provide their own transportation to IWC.
A letter was sent last week to high school students and parents announcing the partnership. Students must complete the IWC application form and requested form by Nov. 22.
IWC will notify students of their acceptance on Nov. 25-27 and necessary schedule changes will be made.
Wells sees it as a golden opportunity for high school students for several reasons. Not only will students be able to receive college credit free but they will get to experience the college atmosphere before entering college as full-time students.
“The Mt. Pleasant Community School District feels this opportunity will help to prepare our students for college,” Wells said. “By offering college courses while students are in high school, we are afforded an opportunity to support and guide them. We know the freshman year in college can be such a challenge with a new environment, rigorous classes and lack of familiar support. This opportunity will help ease this adjustment and provide our students with the necessary confidence to be successful.”
He also commended IWC and the MP School Board for their support. “The Mt. Pleasant (School District) Board of Directors has established a high expectation for our students and the opportunities afforded to our students. We all want to assure that our students are given the very finest opportunities such as this.”