New joint effort between ETBU and MISD to begin in Fall

maverick universityMarshall ISD and East Texas Baptist University are working together on improving dual credit opportunities for Marshall High School students with a new plan being implemented next year that will offer up to nine college courses on the MHS campus.

The plan, announced by MISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith at last month’s meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees, is intended to increase the availability and affordability of college-credit courses offered through “Maverick University.” Currently, MISD offers some dual-credit opportunity through its partnership with ETBU, but the new plan will expand both the class opportunities as well as provide some financial benefit as well.

“Maverick University is the result of our efforts to expand our dual credit program at the high school,” Dr. Smith said during his monthly report to MISD’s Board of Trustees during the Jan. 19 board meeting. “Our high school students will have the opportunity to earn additional college credit hours through our partnership with ETBU.”

Classes offered through the program in the Fall 2016 semester include Rhetoric and Composition (English 1301); U.S. History to 1877 (History 1301); Calculus I (Math 2301) and College Algebra (Math 1314).

In Spring 2017, the program will offer Rhetoric and Composition II (English 1302); Speech Communication (Speech 1311); Calculus II (Math 2302); Elementary Statistics (Math 1342); and U.S. History since 1877 (History 1301).

Along with the classes being offered at MHS, students may also choose to take advantage of regular dual-credit courses offered on the ETBU campus.

MHS and ETBU have worked together for several years on providing dual credit opportunities for students, and Maverick University is expected to again expand on some of the opportunities already in place both from an academic standpoint and a financial standpoint.

Under the Maverick University program, the classes will be offered to MHS students at $50 per semester hour, meaning the cost of a three-hour course is just $150. Through the new program, students will have the opportunity for a payment plan which will provide more opportunities for students who may be economically disadvantaged to participate.– Story by David Weaver, MISD

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