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Concurrent Enrollment: National Overview of Key Policy Components Jennifer Dounay and Mike Griffith Education Commission of the States Presentation at Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO March 6, 2009 About ECS 50-state education compact est’d 1965 Nonpartisan, nonprofit

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Concurrent Enrollment: National Overview of Key Policy ComponentsJennifer Dounay and Mike GriffithEducation Commission of the StatesPresentation at Pikes Peak Community CollegeColorado Springs, COMarch 6, 2009

about ecs
About ECS
  • 50-state education compact est’d 1965
  • Nonpartisan, nonprofit
  • Serves all state-level education policymakers and their staffs:
    • Governors
    • Legislators
    • State board members
    • State superintendents
    • SHEEOS and higher education leaders

Education Commission of the States

overview
Overview
  • CO bill & best practices nationally on:
    • Offering: mandatory or voluntary
    • Finance: tuition, reimbursement of partners
    • Student/parent notification
    • Instructor/course quality
    • Credit transfer
    • Evaluation requirement
    • “Other” considerations

Education Commission of the States

offering voluntary or mandatory

Voluntary = 20 states

Mandatory = 17 states

Not Specified = 9

Offering Voluntary or Mandatory

Education Commission of the States

who is primarily responsible for paying tuition
Who Is Primarily Responsible for Paying Tuition
  • Student/parents: 22 states
  • Student’s school district: 6 states
  • Participating PS institution: 3 states
  • State DOE or other state org.: 3 states
  • Four states have multiple dual enrollment programs w/diff. groups responsible for tuition
  • No clear funding system in place: 6 states

Education Commission of the States

state funding of participating high schools
State Funding of Participating High Schools
  • Thirty-one states provide schools/districts with the same level of funding for dual enrollment students and traditional HS students
  • Eight states provide equal funding for dual enrollment and traditional HS students, but with qualifications
  • Four states provide reduced funding for dual enrollment students as compared to traditional HS students
  • One state provides different levels of funding, depending on which program a student is in
  • Six states do not specify the funding levels for dual enrollment students in statute or regulations

Education Commission of the States

state funding of participating ps institutions
State Funding of Participating PS Institutions
  • Thirty-eight states provide postsecondary institutions with the same level of funding for dual enrollment students and traditional PS students
  • Two states provide equal funding for dual enrollment and traditional PS students, but with qualifications
  • One state funds dual enrollment students at a higher level than traditional PS students
  • No state provides reduced funding for dual enrollment students as compared to traditional PS students

Education Commission of the States

state funding of ps institutions cont d
State Funding of PS Institutions (cont’d)
  • One state provides different levels of funding, depending on which program a student is participating in
  • Eight states do not specify the PS funding levels for dual enrollment students in statute or regulations

Education Commission of the States

recommended feature students parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities

Yes = 20 states

No = 25 states

Not Specified = 1 state

Recommended feature:Students/Parents Must Be Notified of Dual Enrollment Opportunities

Education Commission of the States

recommended feature instructor course quality

Yes = 29 states

No = 17 states

Recommended feature:Instructor/Course Quality

Education Commission of the States

instructor course quality state approaches
Instructor/Course Quality: State approaches
  • PS trains, supervises, evaluates HS teachers
  • HS teacher appointed adjunct faculty
  • HS teacher must meet same qualifications as faculty member
  • Course materials must be evaluated

Education Commission of the States

recommended feature public ps inst must accept credits

Yes = 15 states

No = 14 states

Unclear = 15 states

Varies = 2 states

Recommended feature:Public PS Inst. Must Accept Credits

Education Commission of the States

recommended feature evaluation requirement

Yes = 13 states

No = 31 states

Partial Credit = 2

Recommended feature:Evaluation Requirement

Education Commission of the States

other considerations
“Other” considerations
  • Location, location, location
  • Eligibility requirements

Education Commission of the States

jdounay@ecs org 303 299 3689

jdounay@ecs.org303.299.3689

mgriffith@ecs.org

303.299.3619