High school to college transition programs demonstrate the UW System’s commitment to maintaining access and affordability in higher education and advancing the Wisconsin Idea through collaborative efforts with Wisconsin high schools. UW System institutions courses offered for credit at Wisconsin high schools provide an opportunity for academically qualified high school students to engage in a special college-level learning experience.
High school and college faculty forge strong working relationships as they cooperate to develop curricula and assessment instruments, infuse technology into instruction, and create a better understanding of the respective disciplines and pedagogy; such working relationships benefit both the faculty, UW-Madison, and their students. These programs provide an opportunity for students to pursue rigorous advanced subjects sometimes available only at the college level and assist school districts in supporting gifted and talented education programs. Students may benefit from accelerating completion of a college degree reducing the cost of their college education, and entering the work force sooner.