PACC at Your High School

Becoming Part of PACC

High schools wishing to offer PACC courses should contact the PACC office to discuss specific guidelines, curriculum and credentialing requirements, and course expectations. The designated high school administrator should complete the Participation Agreement and the Prospective Inquirant Form.

New schools seeking participation will need to complete the process outlined below.

Requirements
To be eligible to instruct PACC courses, all instructors must hold either a Master's degree in the academic discipline they'll be teaching OR a Master's degree in another area but with a minimum of 18 graduate credits in the discipline they intend to teach.

Internal Discussion
Host an internal discussion with all relevant colleagues (department chairs, guidance counselors, curriculum directors, and other necessary administrators from your high school) to discuss your school’s interest in the Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC) and your ability to meet PACC guidelines and expectations. Complete a copy of the PACC Participation Agreement and PACC Annual Program Docket.

Contact PACC Director
Contact the PACC Director to discuss specific PACC guidelines, curriculum and credentialing requirements, and course expectations. Request from the PACC office current syllabi used by Saint Mary's faculty for the interested courses.

Model Courses
Review the Saint Mary’s University course syllabi, comparing them to the corresponding high school courses. Then, begin the task of modeling your courses so that they match the Saint Mary’s University course standards as listed in our syllabi. Format your course syllabus according to the Saint Mary’s University template.

Complete Participation Agreement
Complete and submit the PACC Participation Agreement and PACC Annual Program Docket, listing the Saint Mary’s courses that you wish to teach, with the names of the corresponding high school course and high school instructor. Include your syllabus, as it conforms to the Common Course Syllabus Format, tests and evaluation projects, along with copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts of instructors.

The PACC office will initially screen syllabi and instructors. The request will then be sent to the department chairs for approval, with final approval from the Academic Dean.

View PACC Participation Agreement (PDF)

PACC Support (For Participating High Schools)

Provide the Saint Mary’s University PACC office with:

  1. Copies of the instructor’s undergraduate transcripts
  2. Copies of the instructor’s graduate transcripts (preferably in the course’s content area)

It is best to submit new course proposals and/or instructor changes as early as possible. This allows the Saint Mary’s faculty ample time for review. If proposals come in during the summer, there is no guarantee they will be approved in time for the next academic year.

Relevant Documents

Provide the Saint Mary’s University PACC office with the following:

  1. The course syllabus
  2. Names and authors of textbooks to be used
  3. A sampling of course tests and projects
  4. The instructor's undergraduate and graduate transcripts (a master's degree is required)

Upon receipt of materials:

  1. The PACC office will initially screen the request
    • It will be routed to the department chair for approval
    • From the department it will be routed to the Academic Dean for approval
  2. The final decision
    • The final decision rests with the department chair and Academic Dean
    • You will be notified in writing of the decision:
      • If the proposal is accepted
      • If the class needs modifications; you will be given a list of necessary changes in order to meet approval
      • If the class is not approved