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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Voluntary = 20 states Mandatory = 17 states Not Specified = 9 Offering Voluntary or Mandatory Education Commission of the States

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Yes = 29 states No = 17 states Recommended feature:Instructor/Course Quality Education Commission of the States

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Yes = 13 states No = 31 states Partial Credit = 2 Recommended feature:Evaluation Requirement Education Commission of the States

  14. “Other” considerations • Location, location, location • Eligibility requirements Education Commission of the States

  15. jdounay@ecs.org303.299.3689 mgriffith@ecs.org 303.299.3619