Maine DOE, UMFK partner for AP4ALL
FORT KENT, Maine — The Maine Department of Education (DOE) and the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) have announced a partnership for the statewide AP4ALL program.
“In its tenth year running, the AP4ALL program has become increasingly popular among high school students throughout the state by offering the opportunity to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses, completely online, regardless of where they live or their school’s ability to support AP courses,” said Amanda Nguyen, digital learning specialist for the Maine Department of Education.
With experience and resources from their own Rural U early college program, UMFK will administer all of the AP4ALL courses for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. The shift will help to improve the quality and outcomes of the program by offering students additional resources including new course software and management platforms, as well as digital texts and other classroom materials. In addition, the partnership will allow for expanded class sizes for popular courses, improved retention rates, and increased opportunity to reach rural students.
“Our new partnership with the Maine Department of Education will be an exciting addition to the Rural U portfolio of postsecondary learning options for high school students in Maine,” said Scott Voisine, dean of community education. “We are excited to bring our experience in working with a large network of high school partners to help make AP4ALL even more successful and to continue to provide a student-centered, high quality program to Maine’s learners.”
While the number of different courses offered has decreased, the partners created more spots for courses students previously wanted, but couldn’t get into due to class size limits. Criteria included course availability and need across Maine, prior enrollment, current retention and success rates for students, and the ability to transfer credits, subject knowledge, and skills into future higher education opportunities.
The first year of the pilot partnership will see previously available dual enrollment opportunities put on hold to ensure a smooth transition with available resources. Students interested in other early college opportunities can visit UMFK’s Rural U website at: https://communityed.umfk.edu/about/rural_u/ for a listing of other programs that are being offered around the state.
As the partnership grows, organizers will evaluate the program to ensure the success of online learning, assess the quality of the programming and inform decision making about AP courses and online learning generally.
For questions or more information, contact Voisine at 834-8644 or Nguyen 207-624-6656.