Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Arizona

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This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.

Last updated: December 2013

Data compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.
 

Program Basics
Statewide policy in place Yes
Definition or title of program State has two programs: Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment. Dual Enrollment courses are offered on a high school campus or joint technical education district campus through an agreement or contract between a school district/charter school and a community college district governing board. Concurrent Enrollment courses are offered on a college campus. Policies in this profile generally relate to dual enrollment.
Where courses provided
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Dependent on where courses accessed. Secondary and postsecondary credit awarded for community college courses offered at a high school. Postsecondary credit awarded for community college or university courses offered on the postsecondary campus.
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program No. A dual enrollment course is defined as a course applicable to a community college academic degree or certificate program.

CTE component Yes. High school students who enroll in vocational courses on a community college campus may be admitted on an individual basis with the approval of college officials if the student meets course requirements and college officials determine admission is in the student's best interest.
Unique characteristics Home schooled students enrolling in a course on the community college campus are exempt from student eligibility criteria related to scores on ACT, SAT, PSAT, AIMS or college placement tests.

A school district must ensure a student is a full-time student attending a full-time instructional program at a school in the district before the student may enroll in a community college course offered at a high school during the school day. An exception is provided for seniors who satisfy graduation requirements and who have less than a full-time instructional program.
Access
Offering mandatory or voluntary Mandatory. However, offering of community college courses in high schools is on the determination of a community college governing board that it is in the best interest of citizens of the community college district.
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both
Student eligibility requirements
  • Student in grades 11-12. Only applies for courses offered at high schools. Other provisions specify that a student may not be denied admission to a community college or university due to age or grade in school if a student as achieved at least a specified score on a college entrance exam. A community college offering a course at a high school may waive the grade level requirement for up to 25% of students, provided that the college has written criteria for waiving requirements for each course. Criteria must include that 9th and 10th graders meet course prerequisites and are prepared to benefit from the course.
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. Admission must be granted to a community college to a student under 18 who meets course prerequisites
  • Other. Student must achieve one of the following: (1) Composite score of at least 93 on PSAT; (2) Composite score of at least 930 on SAT; (3) Composite score of at least 22 on ACT; (4) Passing score on relevant portions of the Arizona instrument to measure standards test; or (5) Completion of a college placement test designated by the community college district that indicates the student is at the appropriate college level for the course.
Cap on number of credits students may earn Not set in state policy. However, a community college or university enrolling a student on the postsecondary campus may limit the number of semester hours in which a student may enroll to no less than 6 credit hours.
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities Yes. Each community college district and the Arizona Board of Regents must provide all high schools with information that describes the policies and rules, types of courses available and other information related to the enrollment of students under age 18. Districts must make this information available to all high school students.
Counseling/advising is made available to students Not set in state policy
Finance
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition All courses: Local decision. Specifically:

For courses offered at postsecondary campuses: Unless the student's high school or postsecondary institution has volunteered to pay the tuition, tuition is the responsibility of the student/parent.

For community college courses offered at high schools, the agreement or contract between the school district/charter school and community college district must specify student tuition and financial aid policies, including if scholarships or grants are awarded to dual enrollment students.
How state funds participating high schools Equal. For community college districts offering courses in high schools, the agreement or contract between the community college district and the school district or chartering organization must identify the amount received in full-time student equivalent funding, the portion of funding distributed to the district board or charter school, and any amount subsequently returned to the community college district by the school district or charter school.
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal, for courses taught by postsecondary faculty. For community college courses taught by high school faculty on the high school campus, the amount of state aid that the community college would otherwise receive for that student is reduced by 50%.

For community college districts offering courses in high schools, the agreement or contract between the community college district and the school district or chartering organization must identify the amount received in full-time student equivalent funding, the portion of funding distributed to the district board or charter school, and any amount subsequently returned to the community college district by the school district or charter school.
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes. An agreement or contract between a community college district and a school district or charter school must clearly specify the quality of the instruction that will be provided. Courses must be previously evaluated and approved through the community college district's curriculum approval process, be at a higher level than taught by the high school, and be transferable to a university or applicable to an established community college occupational degree or certificate program. College approved textbooks, syllabuses, course outlines and grading standards applicable to courses if taught at the community college must apply to these courses. The CEO of each community college must establish an advisory committee of full-time faculty to assist in course selection and implementation in the high schools, and to review and report at least annually to the CEO whether the course goals and standards are understood, course guidelines are followed, and same standards of expectation and assessment are applied to courses as though they were offered at the community college. The advisory committee must meet at least three times each academic year.

Each faculty member must meet requirements established by the governing board. The CEO of each community college district must establish an advisory committee of full-time faculty to assist in the selection, orientation, ongoing professional development and evaluation of faculty teaching college courses in conjunction with high schools. The advisory committee must meet at least twice each academic year.
Program reporting requirement Yes. The board of regents must annually submit a report to legislative leaders and the state board on students who have not earned a high school diploma enrolled in a university course for university credit. The report must include (1) The number of students enrolled; (2) A general narrative on the types of courses or programs in which students were enrolled; (3) Rules on the admission of students who do not have a high school diploma.

Each community college district must report in each odd-numbered year to the governor, legislative leadership, and the joint legislative budget committee, for courses offered at high schools: (1) Documentation of compliance with 15-1821.01 (3), (4), (5), including a list of faculty advisory committee members at each community college; (2) Total enrollments by location, high school grade level, and course; (3) A copy of each addendum to intergovernmental agreements or contracts executed pursuant to statute; (4) Summary data by community college district and by college on the number of scholarships or grants awarded to students; (5) Such other information as the governor and joint legislative budget committee deem proper.
Program evaluation component No
Transferability
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes

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