LSMSA, NSU sign dual enrollment agreement

LSMSA signing

The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, the state’s preeminent state supported residential high school, signed a course articulation agreement with Northwestern State University that will allow LSMSA students to earn college credits though NSU’s Louisiana Scholars’ College, the state’s only designated honors college.  Administrators say the articulation is beneficial to LSMSA students who will be able to transfer credits to a baccalaureate degree.

“There is great value in the articulation agreement.  We know our students will step into the class appropriate for their next step where they will be both prepared and challenged,” said Dr. Patrick Widhalm, director of LSMSA.  “We are making sure our students’ potential is maximized.”

Through the agreement, LSMSA students will be eligible to graduate from high school with their LSMSA diploma as well as an associate degree from NSU. The earned credits will save the students time and money earning their undergraduate degrees before continuing on towards advanced degrees.

“This allows them to save their debt for grad school,” said NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson. “This agreement is great for our respective institutions but it’s really about the students.”

LSMSA offers 10-12 grade students an accelerated curriculum, specialized electives and opportunities for independent study and research. Because the school is adjacent to the NSU campus, all students benefit from access to NSU’s library and programs, especially in the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

The Louisiana Scholars’ College at NSU is the state’s only designated honors college and combines great books-based courses with courses in mathematics and sciences to provide students with a strong foundation for their more focused study in a concentration or in a traditional major.

The dual enrollment agreement was developed by faculty from Scholars’ and LSMSA for courses in visual and performing arts, computer science, social science, English, foreign languages, history, mathematics, science, health and physical education, business and economics.  The agreement also improves the transfer and advising process between the institutions.

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