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College Credit for EFL

University Credit Available (Optional)

The FTE has a long and successful relationship with the University of Colorado, and we’re pleased to announce that the Department of Economics at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs has approved Economics 1320 for students attending Economics for Leaders programs.

Economics 1320 is an undergraduate economics course for non-majors.  Students who successfully complete the requirements will receive a transcript from UCCS, showing 2 sem. hrs. of graded undergraduate credit.  (Individual university policies for accepting this type of “transfer” credit vary, and the FTE does not provide information about the acceptability of this credit at various universities.  We can, however, report that we have encountered no problems in acceptance of UCCS credit granted in FTE’s teacher programs.)

University Credit Information:

Course:  ECON 1320 (entry-level, elective, does not count toward an economics major)

Fee:  $204 (fee payable through the FTE/UCCS online portal; do not send payment to the FTE)

Transcripts: Available from UCCS after grade posted to your account.  Order at http://www.uccs.edu/lases/fte.html.  Pull down the “Student Resources” tab in the top menu bar.


  • Read a supplemental text  (approx. 200 page paperback), and take an online test over the book. (Mastery test score = 75%)
    • This test must be completed by July 30, 2016.  So it is highly recommended that students enrolled in the Seattle, Providence, or St. Louis Programs, complete the test BEFORE arriving at the program.  The test can be found in the FTE Canvas Course site (see self-registration instructions below).
    • REQUIRED TEXT: The Economics of Public Issues by Miller, Benjamin and North (16th, 17th, 18th or 19th edition).  The FTE has a limited number of complimentary copies (16th and 17th editions) available on a first-come-first-served basis.  To request a complimentary text you must follow the instructions below to register with UCCS, self-enroll in our Canvas course and complete the “book request” assignment.  Affordable used copies can be found on Amazon or other online book retailers.
    • The Economics of Public Issues is a very accessible reader, intended for introductory level college economics courses, but also used in many high school classrooms. It includes about 30 short, 4-6 page chapters, in which basic economic reasoning is used to explain contemporary mysteries of human behavior. For more information about The Economics of Public Issues visit the publishers website
  • Attendance and participation in all scheduled activities during EFL program week, and score 75% on EFL post-test.

Registration Steps:

  1. To enroll in Economics 1320, go to the FTE/UCCS portal at http://www.uccs.edu/lases/fte.html.  Choose Economics for Leaders (Student Program) from the course listing.   (Course listings available in the Spring. Registration opens in May.)
    • Download the registration directions and follow the steps listed in the downloaded document.  Note that this is a several step process which may take a week to 10 days; you must first apply to and be accepted by the UCCS Extended Studies program.  The pdf download  gives step-by-step instructions.  Follow them carefully. NOTE the registration deadline of July 28.  Registration must be complete (not just started)  by the UCCS deadline.  Give yourself plenty of time.
  2. Self-Enroll in the FTE Canvas Course:  https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/3ERGNW
    • This is not a UCCS site.  Separate enrollment is required.  This is where you will take the test and where we will record your post test and participation grade.
  3. Attend your EFL program and sign the UCCS roster at the program so the mentor teacher and professor can submit a participation grade for you.

We’re excited to be able to offer high school students the chance to earn college credit at a very low cost and we look forward to your participation.  We think you’ll enjoy The Economics of Public Issues and your first taste of the kind of discussion and interaction you’ll experience in college.

Sample Questions: The sample questions below are similar to those you will find on the exam. Study the concepts that are highlighted in bold print throughout the book, but remember that will be asked to apply the concept – do some economic reasoning – rather than to just select a definition.

  1. You are stuck at home watching an old movie with your parents when a friend calls and asks to meet at the coffee shop to study. What is the opportunity cost of meeting your friend?
    • the price of the gas to get to the coffee shop and the price of your drink
    • there is no cost as you were feeling “stuck” at home
    • the chance to watch the old movie with your parents
    • the better grade you’d get if you studied on your own
  2. What was the result of export quotas and emergence of a cartel in the Soviet caviar industry?
    • the price of caviar rose
    • the price of caviar fell
    • the demand for caviar rose
    • the deamand for caviar fell
  3. With respect to increasing police presence, the elasticity of violent crime is -1 and the elasticity of property crime is -.4. Which of the following is not true?
    • A city that increases its police presence by X% can expect X% decline in violent crime.
    • A city reduces violent crime by X% can reduce its expenditures on policing by X%.
    • Increasing police presence by X% will have a greater impact on violent crime than on property crime.
    • The “supply” of voilent crime is more responsive to police presence than the supply of property crime.
  4. Which of the following is an example of revealed preferences?
    • when airline prices rose over the summer, more families opted for driving vacations
    • Gallup poll results indicated that consumers will opt for more fuel-efficient models on their next car purchases
    • analysis expect the increase in medical insurance premiums will reduce the demand for insurance
    • restaurants offered more vegetarian options in the aftermath of the mad cow disease scare
  5. What would be the likely economic outcome of allowing a market for transplant organs?
    • the number of transplants would increase, bankrupting Medicare and Medicaid
    • there would be an increase in criminal harvesting of organs from unwilling “donors”
    • medical insurance would raise the price of transplant operations, making them a luxury of the rich
    • the price would drastically reduce activity in the black market for organs

If you have additional questions about the EFL college credit, contact Debbie Henney.