CCP - A Decade of Access and Achievement
for Stark County students
College Credit Plus (CCP) provides all qualified Ohio students with the opportunity to earn college credit while in grades 7-12. Stark County's seventeen districts have provided this strategy since 2006. "We're proud that for over a decade our districts have been eager to introduce so many students to a college experience and to offer a chance to earn college credit," said Joe Chaddock, Stark County Educational Service Center Superintendent.
In focus groups, students revealed their motivation for enrolling in CCP courses. Top responses included saving money and time, preparing for college, and going further in a subject. Experience taught students that they would be expected to work independently, that college coursework was harder, and that they had to learn to manage time.
In 2015-16 students in every Stark County district enrolled students in college coursework. Classes were taught: 1) at the high school by a high school teacher accredited by a college as an adjunct; 2) at the high school online and facilitated by a high school teacher; 3) at the high school by a visiting college professor; or 4) on a college campus. Stark County students completed coursework from Aultman College, Kent State University-Main, Kent State University-Stark, Malone University, Stark State College, University of Akron, University of Mount Union, and Walsh University.
Students attending public colleges are not charged for tuition, textbooks, or fees. Students attending private colleges may be charged based on the particular private college and where the course is delivered. Costs - set by the state of Ohio - are paid for by the district from Per Pupil Foundation funds. In Stark County, the potential value of college credits earned ranges from $153.60 per credit hour at a two-year public college (Stark State College) to $907 per credit hour at a four-year private college (Walsh University).
The benefits of CCP accrue not only to the students and their families, but also to the entire community as more residents earn certificates and degrees leading to greater earning power.
The cost per credit hour for Walsh University students varies depending on the number of credit hours enrolled. For example, the cost for students taking between 12 and 18 credit hours is $13,150/per semester; the cost reported above reflects the cost per credit hour for students enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester at Walsh University starting in Fall 2016.
 Includes the average cost of textbooks of $137.50 based on Stark State College financial aid.