High School Faculty / Staff Information

High School Faculty / Staff Information

Running Start is a partnership linking the Community Colleges of New Hampshire with secondary schools. Through this partnership, high schools can offer high school students the opportunity to enroll in CCSNH courses for credit while simultaneously completing the requirements for high school graduation.

College faculty work directly with high school faculty to ensure that the CCSNH courses taught in participating schools maintain standards identical to those of sections taught on the college campus. CCSNH reserves the right to determine and periodically revise the conditions under which its programs may be offered for college credit and assumes responsibility for their supervision.

Memo of Understanding

Yearly, high schools participating in the Running Start program, enter into an agreement with the CCSNH college(s). This agreement (aka, Memo of Understanding) sets forth all the rights and duties of the parties with respect to the Running Start program. The agreement shall become effective the date it is signed, and usually will continue for a period of one year.

For specific information regarding the MOU contact the Running Start liaison at your high school, or the Running Start Coordinator for your service area.

Course Information

All CCSNH courses offered through Running Start are regular offerings in the Community Colleges and the curriculum in the course is the same as that offered on the college campus. All textbooks, course outlines, and exams require college department approval. College courses are normally taught as part of the high school faculty's daily workload. All courses are taught over a comparable period of time (usually one semester), and in no circumstance will course delivery exceed one high school academic year.

College faculty work directly with high school faculty to ensure that the CCSNH courses taught in participating schools maintain standards identical to those of sections taught on the college campus. CCSNH reserves the right to determine and periodically revise the conditions under which its programs may be offered for college credit and assumes responsibility for their supervision.

CCSNH recognizes these courses as regular offerings, and students who register and successfully complete CCSNH courses offered through Running Start earn CCSNH credit, verified by an official college transcript.

Course offerings are normally restricted to juniors and seniors. Exceptions to this policy require prior approval from the appropriate college faculty department head. The colleges reserve the right to impose further restrictions, as appropriate.

High school personnel responsible for advising students should be aware that a course in the Running Start program is a college level course and students should be appropriately prepared for a level of academic rigor not usually associated with a high school level course.

Applicable academic policies and regulations as stipulated in the CCSNH catalogue shall apply to all courses including prerequisite course requirements, class attendance, and accommodations for students with disabilities.

There shall be a minimum of four (4) Running Start students registered in a class for it to run as a course in the Running Start program. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the college's Vice President of Academic Affairs or his/her designee. In addition, the high school is under no obligation to run a course in the Running Start program if it deems the enrollments are insufficient.

Course Approval Process

Discuss the proposed course to be offered through Running Start with the high school principal and/or guidance department to seek internal approval to move forward.

Contact the local Running Start Coordinator or high school Running Start Liaison to request the syllabus and pertinent materials for the specific course to be offered through Running Start. It is the Running Start Coordinator's role to facilitate communication between the high school faculty and college faculty partners.

Review CCSNH college syllabus and materials and prepare a syllabus with the college's name, course title and course number showing how the college's course material will be delivered. In all aspects, the course must be substantially the same course offered on the college campus, including texts, course outlines, exams, and the CCSNH grading system. Slight modifications may be made to accommodate a high school audience. A request to change the prescribed textbook must be approved by the college's department responsible for the course before the course can be offered.

Review the CCSNH credentialing standards to ensure the faculty member meets the standards for the area he/she will be teaching in.

Faculty must submit a resume and transcripts to be reviewed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Department Chair at the respective college. The high school faculty member must meet credentialing standards established by CCSNH.

It is important that this process be completed by August 1st for fall semester courses and December 1st for spring semester courses. Exceptions may be made by the college for a late faculty replacement or new hire. Once both, the course and the high school teacher, have been approved by the respective college, the Running Start course may begin.

Teaching a Running Start class entitles the high school to a voucher for $300 toward a credit-bearing course through CCSNH. This voucher will be submitted to the high school principal with the recommendation that it be forwarded directly to the teacher. However, dissemination of the voucher is at the discretion of the high school's administration.