A Handbook for High School Students Enrolled in USI's College Achievement Program (CAP)
Welcome to the University of Southern Indiana (USI) College Achievement Program (CAP), a dual credit opportunity for high school junior and senior students to enroll in USI courses. Through CAP you will earn valuable college coursework experiences that will help build a strong base for your future college career.
We encourage you to browse the CAP website; if you have any questions or concerns, contact us via phone, email or Facebook.
The CAP Staff
Jaclyn Dumond, Assistant Director, Lifelong Learning
Dana Drury, Manager, Education Services & Partnerships
Lori Leonhardt, Program Associate, CAP
Kay Myrick, Administrative Assistant, CAP/Lifelong Learning
Division of Outreach & Engagement
University of Southern Indiana (USI)
The University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program offers college credit for USI courses taught in the high school by an approved instructor. Students can receive both USI and high school credit for enrollment in the designated high school course.
Approved high school instructors are considered USI adjunct faculty and attend discipline-specific training with a USI faculty liaison. CAP courses are real USI courses and require effort and greater academic commitment. Enrolling in a CAP course starts an official, permanent USI transcript.
Prior to registering for a CAP course, consult with your CAP instructor, counselor and parent(s) to determine if CAP is right for you. It is your responsibility, before enrolling, to determine transferability and overall utility of the USI course at USI or other institutions you may attend (see Transferability). Also, be sure to read over dual credit helpful hints for parents and students before registering for CAP.
Students enrolling in CAP should have a minimum, cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale) and junior or senior status. Past CAP students must have attained a USI grade of C or better to enroll in further coursework in the same subject area (i.e. English 101 and English 105). Students who have a past-due balance from a previous semester will not be allowed to enroll in CAP until the balance has been paid, nor can a transcript be released.
Some CAP courses have additional prerequisites beyond the minimum GPA requirement. Visit our Course Prerequisites page to learn more.
Students with disabilities who meet the eligibility standards (usi.edu/cap/prereqs/) are invited and encouraged to enroll in CAP. Each high school retains the responsibility for providing and coordinating any accommodations or services as described in the student’s current IEP, 504 Plan, or similar educational plan. However, the legal requirements under the disability laws that apply to colleges and universities are significantly different from those in special education laws that apply to high schools. Due to this, accommodations that students currently receive may not be appropriate for a college-level class. To avoid any potential barriers to a student’s ability to earn college credit for participation in CAP, the student is encouraged to contact the high school’s special education service provider, case conference committee, or similar entity about reviewing current accommodations and making any necessary modifications to a current educational plan (including any transition plan) before enrolling in CAP. Students in fully online or hybrid courses should be aware that due to the nature of online courses, some accommodations approved for traditional USI classroom courses may not apply. Please discuss this with your CAP instructor to clarify as needed. To learn more about the differences between high school and college for students receiving disability-related academic accommodations, please take a moment to review the U.S. Department of Education’s publication “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities at: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html
For high schools on the semester system, students should commit to a year-long or fall-only CAP course during fall registration. High school courses that meet only in the spring will have a spring registration. Deadlines differ for high schools in trimester or quarters and will be shared through the CAP instructor.
While students are enrolled in USI’s College Achievement Program, they are expected to abide by the academic rules of behavior befitting a university student. Request that CAP students read the policies regarding student behavior and academic dishonesty, available in the online resource, Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Code of Student Behavior. Of particular note are the definitions for cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and interference with another student’s work and the penalties related to these activities. This booklet is available to view or download at the following web site: www.usi.edu/deanofstudents/student-conduct.
Current or prospective CAP students have access to USI's advising centers to learn how CAP courses will fit into a future USI degree.
CAP students have access to the online USI student portal called myUSI. The University ID, provided in the acceptance and enrollment verification letters, is required to activate myUSI. You will need to use myUSI for the following:
CAP students have the privilege of checking out materials from the Rice Library on USI’s campus. The student can obtain a CAP library card at the library front desk by showing a state-issued photo ID (driver’s license or ID card). The library card may be used to check out materials during the semester(s) in which the student is enrolled in the CAP course. CAP students can accrue library fines if books are overdue; library fines will prevent students from registration in further CAP or USI courses and also will prevent access to transcripts. CAP students may use Rice Library study rooms and can reserve them by selecting the Rice Library icon in myUSI.
Visit the CAP LibGuide site for help finding databases to conduct research in your CAP courses.
USI’s Academic Skills’ Office provides by-appointment, in-person and virtual tutoring for CAP students. View current schedule and details here.
Because CAP students do not pay the same on-campus activity fees or Counseling Center fees, they are not able to use the Recreation and Fitness Center or the Counseling Center. However, if you are in need of immediate assistance and your high school counselor is not available, contact USI's Counseling Center or Public Safety.
College credit hours accrued through CAP, or other accelerated learning options, like AP or IB, may impact your future financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work study eligibility. If you plan to attend USI as a degree-seeking student in the future and have questions, contact USI Student Financial Assistance at 812-464-1767. Any student entering USI from high school is considered a freshman in terms of scholarships, no matter how many hours are transferred in via dual credit.
Students enrolling in CAP pay $25 per credit hour for the Dual Credit Priority Liberal Arts and Technical Education Courses as authorized by the Indiana Commission for High Education and Indiana Department of Education. All other CAP courses are $80 per credit hour, which is a fraction of USI's undergraduate hourly tuition.
Each USI course is designated a specific numbers of credit hours which determines the amount paid for each class. For example, enrollment in English 101, a three credit-hour course on the Priority List, costs $25 x 3 or $75. Enrollment in Chemistry 107, a four credit-hour course NOT on the Priority List, costs $80 x 4 or $320.
A complete list of USI CAP courses with total cost and course descriptions is available online.
USI is not responsible for purchasing required textbooks and materials.
Once the CAP Student Permission Form is signed by a parent or guardian and approved by the College Achievement Program Office, the student and financially responsible guardian are responsible for the tuition associated with the course(s) chosen. CAP students are bound by a Billing, Withdrawal & Refund Calendar, just as on-campus students are. Refunds are granted based upon the date a student contacts the CAP Office to request that a course be dropped. Tuition bills will be in the student's name as the tuition pertains to the student's account. The same applies to any refunds processed during the refund window, regardless of who paid.
The bill for CAP tuition will be accessible in myUSI about four weeks after the application & Student Permission Form deadline. Bills will be mailed home for fall enrollment courses on October 8, 2019 and March 10, 2020 for spring enrollment courses. You may elect to pay the bill in one payment or in installments. The bill must be paid in full by the provided deadlines, or the payment will be considered delinquent. Students who have an outstanding fee balance cannot request official transcripts or enroll in additional CAP or USI courses until the balance is paid. Eventually, unpaid accounts are sent to a collection agency.
Free and Reduced Lunch Tuition Waiver
Academically qualified students who are also eligible for free or reduced lunch may enroll in CAP at no cost. The CAP Office will verify with the local school district. Once verified, CAP tuition will be waived. If eligibility is not verified by the school district, students will be billed the normal per credit hour fee. If a student is free/reduced lunch and receives a bill, they should contact the CAP Office.
CAP tuition may be paid in one of the following four ways; payments may not be made over the phone:
The grade earned for the USI coursework is often the same as the grade earned for the high school course. However, some USI courses require specific assessments, like a final exam that cannot be exempted. In courses where a student is required to complete specific assignments/assessments for the USI grade that are not required for the high school grade, students may have a different USI grade than their high school grade. These details will be clarified in the course syllabus.
Letter grades indicate the quality of coursework completed: A, excellent; B+ and B, good; C+ and C, average; D+ and D, poor. The letter grade assigned for unsatisfactory course work, F, does not result in USI credit being granted toward graduation. A letter grade of F is included in the official USI transcript and GPA computations. USI does not assign minuses.
The grade you earn in your CAP course will be recorded on a USI transcript, regardless of what it is, unless timely action is taken to withdraw from the course. (See Billing, Withdrawal and Refund Calendar ).
Reviewing Grades Online
You can access final USI grades online through myUSI, using your username and password. MyUSI activation directions are included in the enrollment verification email and acceptance letter you receive after enrollment.
The USI grade point average is a numerical value which is obtained by dividing the number of quality grade points earned by the number of quality hours attempted. This average, often called the index, is computed at the end of each term, both for the term and on a cumulative basis. The grade of A represents four points for each hour of credit; B+ three and one-half points; B three points; C+ two and one-half points; C two points; D+ one and one-half points; and D one point. No points are awarded for an F, although the hours attempted are included in the computations and therefore will lower the cumulative GPA.
Do other schools have to accept credits from USI?
It is each college or university’s right to accept or decline credits from other institutions. Although the likelihood is low that a USI CAP course will not transfer, it is a possibility you should consider when deciding to register. In most cases, USI credits transfer to other colleges for comparable courses or as elective hours. Before enrolling in CAP, you are strongly encouraged to investigate transferability issues with the colleges and/or universities you are interested in attending. Learning that a course does not transfer or will not fit into your course load does not merit a refund.
Reading the course description for the class should provide enough information for the college to determine transferability. When calling another university to check on transferability for the course you might say, “I’d like to get a feel for college coursework and am planning to take a three-hour history class at the University of Southern Indiana. Before I enroll, I want to be sure the credits will transfer to your institution. I can read you a course description….” Always document the name of the person with whom you speak and request written verification of the credit transfer, perhaps in an email, if a university employee states that the USI credits will transfer. If you plan to pursue certain specialized programs (such as physical therapy), or have any doubt about transferability of credits, contact the registrar’s or credit transfer office of the colleges you plan to attend.
Typically, students must earn a grade of C or better in a CAP course for an institution other than USI to accept credits. We recommend you retain the course syllabus and save major class assignments for every USI course you wish to transfer, in case someone at your intended college or university questions the equivalency of the course.
Public Institutions in Indiana
Public colleges and universities within Indiana have established the Indiana Core Transfer Library (CTL), as mandated by the Indiana Legislature. The CTL was created to help students transfer credit among Indiana's public institutions and now includes some independent colleges as well. To see course equivalencies, you will need to know the CTL name for each USI course you take, which is available at http://www.usi.edu/outreach/cap/capcourses. After filtering by the CTL course name, equivalent courses will display from each institution along with important notes.
A complete list of USI courses offered through CAP and included in the transfer library is available here. Remember that CAP courses not included in the CTL will likely transfer to other public and many independent institutions; check with your college of choice prior to enrolling in CAP. For more information about the CTL and how courses transfer around the state, visit https://transferin.net.
Out-of-State and Private Institutions
Because USI is a public, four-year, regionally accredited institution, students have a high success rate in transfer to out-of-state public institutions. Private institutions often are more selective, but many accept USI credit, particularly the institutions who joined the CTL. Refunds will not be issued if USI credits are not accepted by another institution; please investigate transferability prior to enrollment.
How do I initiate the transfer of CAP credits?
If you enroll at USI as a degree-seeking student upon high school graduation, you do not need to request a USI transcript to transfer your CAP credits. The courses and grades are already part of your permanent academic record at USI. When meeting with your faculty advisor the summer before you begin classes at USI, you should mention you have already earned USI credit, to be assured of proper placement in freshman-year courses.
If you enroll in another university, you should request that an official USI transcript be sent directly there, after you graduate from high school, via the Registrar’s Office transcript request link at www.usi.edu/registrar/transcripts. This transcript must be sent directly from USI to your selected college or university to be considered an official record. Be sure to select 'hold for grades' if you submit your request before mid-June. Due to the way in which USI processes spring grades, transcripts are not able to be sent until mid-June. Keep this in mind when scheduling advising visits prior to mid-June, and print an unofficial transcript from myUSI as proof of completion of a USI course. Be sure to request transcripts for dual credit earned at other institutions.
Do I have to transfer my CAP credits? Can I transfer a portion of my credits?
If you enroll at USI as a degree-seeking student after high school graduation, you do not have a choice. Any USI credits earned through CAP are already in the USI system, awaiting your arrival.
If you enroll in another university, whether or not you must transfer your CAP credits varies. Some institutions (USI included) require that students provide transcripts for any college credits earned elsewhere; failure to disclose this information may lead to serious consequences down the road. Other institutions may leave that choice to you.
Regardless, anytime you transfer college credits from one institution to another, your entire academic record will be sent, not just a portion. Typically, institutions will not award credit for grades below C.
I am attending USI. Who can help me figure out if my dual credit helps meet my degree requirements?
USI has five advising centers to provide students with advising specific to their majors. Each college at USI has an advising center, and a fifth center is available for students who have not yet declared a major. Advisor names and contact information are on our Thinking About USI? page.
Who do I talk to for help with transferability issues after high school graduation?
If you have difficulty transferring your USI credits to another university or college, a CAP staff member may be able to assist. To seek assistance, call the USI CAP Office in the Division of Outreach & Engagement at 812-228-5022 or email one of the CAP staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following details: the high school you attended; the name of your CAP instructor and the name of the CAP course; the college or university to which you are attempting to transfer the credit; and the name of the person with whom you have spoken, along with contact information. A CAP staff member will make contact with the institution to see if course acceptance can be arranged. USI cannot guarantee transferability of CAP courses to other institutions, but our success rate for transferability is high.
If you plan to complete high school one semester early, you may enroll in a fall-only CAP course. However, if the CAP course is year-long, you should not enroll for USI credit, as you will miss half the content and registration will not be permitted.
Withdrawals and Refunds
Once enrolled in a USI course, CAP students must abide by the Billing, Withdrawal and Refund Calendar, which is an adjusted version of the USI Academic Calendar. Enrolling in a college course is a significant academic and financial commitment. Students and parents should seriously consider student obligations prior to enrollment.
If a student drops the high school CAP course, they are not automatically removed from the USI CAP section. It is the student's responsibility to contact the CAP instructor and CAP Office so a withdrawal may be processed based upon the Billing, Withdrawal and Refund Calendar. Course tuition is refunded based upon when the student contacts the CAP Office to request the withdrawal paperwork. If a student fails to contact the CAP Office after leaving a CAP course, they risk earning a failing grade as they will still have a USI grade recorded since they failed to contact CAP to complete withdrawal paperwork.
If a CAP-enrolled student departs from the high school section of the CAP course during the 100% refund period (dates vary by district):
Withdrawal with Tiered Refund of 75%/50%/25%/0%
If a CAP-enrolled student departs from the high school section of the CAP course during the tiered refund windows:
Withdrawal with No Refund and Withdrawal With Evaluation
If a CAP-enrolled student departs from the high school section of the CAP course starting at the 0% refund period through the last day of classes preceding the high school’s final exam week:
Withdrawal with Full Refund Due to Circumstances Beyond a Student’s Control
If a CAP-enrolled student departs from the high school section of the CAP course after the end of the 100% refund period through the last day of classes prior to the high school’s final exam week, the student may be entitled to a full refund if due to circumstances beyond a student’s control.
Once paperwork has been returned to USI and processed, the course will appear on the USI transcript with a grade of ‘W’ (or Withdrawal).
If No Withdrawal Paperwork is Completed
Students who depart from the high school section of the CAP course by the Friday before finals week but do not complete the USI withdrawal paperwork will still be held financially responsible.
No Withdrawals Permitted
Starting with the first day of the high school’s final exam week – December for fall courses and May or June for spring or year-long courses (exact dates vary by district and school), students may no longer complete paperwork to withdraw from a USI course. Students will be held responsible for all academic and financial obligations.
Undergraduate Admission to USI
Undergraduate admission to the University of Southern Indiana is not guaranteed for students participating in CAP. If you plan to attend USI upon graduation from high school, you should be certain to complete a USI Application for Undergraduate Admission to formally apply to the University. To be eligible for scholarships and/or financial aid, this process should be completed no later than March 1 of the year you plan to enter the University. Grades earned in CAP courses will be on your USI transcript when you meet with your advisor to plan your course schedule. For more information on applying to USI for undergraduate admission, visit: www.usi.edu/admission
CAP courses can fulfill diploma requirements for Indiana's Academic or Technical Honors Diploma. For more information about diploma requirements, visit the Indiana Department of Education's diploma requirement web page.
Available CAP Courses
USI courses available through CAP are listed here; courses vary by school. The number of credit hours is noted in parentheses, and if the course is included in the Indiana Core Transfer Library, the CTL name is listed. Tuition for Dual Credit Priority Liberal Arts and Technical Education courses is $25 per credit hour as authorized by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Indiana Department of Education. All other CAP courses are $80 per credit hour. The total cost of each course is listed (# of credit hours x price per credit hour). Click the USI course title for the full description and the USI general education/Core status.
The following information outlines the procedures to be followed by the University of Southern Indiana's College Achievement Program (CAP) when offering dual credit foreign language courses. This agreement allows USI bound students the opportunity to earn 12 credit hours toward college graduation, which includes 6 credit hours that apply to a language major or minor at USI. Students attending other institutions can earn 6 hours of foreign language credit. USI bound students earn departmental credit for 101 and 102 after successful completion (A or B) of the 203 level course. USI bound students are issued departmental credit that non-CAP students may receive after successfully completing a departmental placement test.
Foreign Language Procedures:
Departmental credits, while honored by USI for students involved in CAP, may not be honored by other institutions. For a more detailed chart of the world language process, click here.
High School Agreement Program
For students who wish to take courses on USI’s campus, visit http://www.usi.edu/admission/high-school-agreement for more information and an application. Students should be prepared to pay full USI undergraduate tuition plus the cost of books and additional fees. No tuition waivers are given for students on free/reduced lunch or 21st Century Scholars program.
USI recognizes the need or preference for members of the University community to refer to themselves by a first name other than their legal first name. As long as the use of this name is not intended for the purposes of avoiding legal obligations or for misrepresentation, the University acknowledges that a “preferred name” can be used where possible in the course of University business and education. No documentation is required to add this information to your record. It does not change your legal name.
The following list provides a few examples of appropriate preferred name options at this time:
•A middle name instead of first name
•A name to which you are in the process of legally changing
•A name that better represents your gender identity
Only the first name may be designated for the preferred name; the last name must remain the same as the full legal last name in the system. The University is not permitted to use a preferred name on all records. Examples include (but are not limited to) your enrollment verifications, transcripts, financial aid documents, visa documents, w-2 forms, and third party reports.
The University reserves the right to refuse a preferred name. Instances that may result in this prohibition include arbitrary or repeated name changes; the use of profane words; names that may be used for fraudulent purposes; or other situations deemed appropriate.
Students wishing to use a preferred name should complete the Preferred Name Change Form and email it back to email@example.com for processing. The CAP Office will update internal records before sharing the completed form with the Registrar's Office for processing.
Visit the CAP web site for more information (www.usi.edu/cap) or contact CAP staff Jaclyn Dumond, Dana Drury or Erin Hollinger at 812-228-5022, 800-467-8600, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/USICAP