Colorado Advanced Credit Pathways (ACP)
The purpose of ACP is to provide college credit for equivalent learning at the secondary level in career and technical education that aligns with the criteria established in Perkins IV and the development of Plans of Study.
- Reference Materials: ACP powerpoint presentation and ACP Handbook
- Based on community college common course numbering system (CCCNS)
- High school curriculum aligned with postsecondary course(s) 80%; determined by postsecondary institution curriculum committee who then sends to State Faculty Curriculum Committee (SFCC) followed by review and approval by the Educational Services Curriculum Committee (see ACP process flow diagram)
- Students must complete course with a “B” or better to receive Advanced Credit
- Students must use within two years of graduating high school or obtaining GED
What is the Process
- Advanced Credit Pathway course crosswalks can be nominated (Nomination Form and example of a completed nomination form) for approval by either an individual secondary institution with a postsecondary partner or through a Statewide Content Team.
- Secondary Institution:
- Any secondary institution may identify course(s) for possible ACP credit and then contact a postsecondary partner to initiate an ACP proposal
- Postsecondary curriculum committee reviews/compares secondary course curriculum with postsecondary CTE program course content outline in CCCNS and determines if it meets 80% match
- Statewide Content Team*:
- Postsecondary faculty and secondary instructors meet to collaborate, review and crosswalk competencies of the secondary ACP course proposal
- Statewide Content Team will be notified by Program Director of ACP nominations from individual secondary institutions. Comments and feedback from team members would then be directed to SFCC representatives for consideration during the review
- When the course competencies matches at 80% or greater the proposal is submitted to the SFCC who recommends or denies; if SFCC recommends course, it goes to Educational Services curriculum committee where it is approved or denied.
- If course is approved it is then added to program approval database as a renewal/revision with approval by the Program Director. If approval is denied, it goes back to the postsecondary curriculum committee or Statewide Content Team for further review
*Statewide content teams involve postsecondary faculty from the appropriate discipline team and secondary instructors. These teams meet throughout the year to collaborate on curriculum and to build partnerships.