Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Kentucky

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Methodology:
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: In a Dual Credit course, a student receives credit from both the high school and postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled upon completion of a single class or designated program of study, including participating in the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.

In a Dual Enrollment course, a student is enrolled in a high school and postsecondary institution simultaneously, including participating in the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.

Instances where dual credit policies differ between courses offered by public technical/community colleges and public four-year institutions are noted in the profile.
Where courses provided Generally: Not specified

Dual Credit:
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
  • Virtual program
  • Other. Course may be delivered at another site other than the high school or postsecondary campus. Course may also be delivered in combination of delivery methods above.
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Dual Credit: Both

Dual Enrollment: Postsecondary credit only
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program Not set in state policy
CTE component Yes. A “career pathway program of study” is defined as a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and CTE courses, including dual credit opportunities, that prepares secondary students for postsecondary study leading to postsecondary degrees, industry certifications, or licensure. One of the purposes of the career and technical education accessibility fund is to develop career pathways and programs of study in high-demand occupational fields for middle and high school students.
Unique characteristics Each secondary school-based decision making council must establish a policy on the recruitment and assignment of students to AP, IB, dual enrollment, and dual credit courses that recognizes that all students have the right to participate in a rigorous and academically challenging curriculum. All students willing to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum must be admitted to such courses provided they meet prerequisites. Any student whose scores on the grade 8 EXPLORE indicate a high degree of readiness for high school must be counseled to enroll in accelerated courses. Any student whose scores on the grade 10 PLAN or grade 11 ACT indicate a high degree of readiness for college must be counseled to enroll in accelerated courses (with an emphasis on Advanced Placement classes).

Statute directs the department of education, upon receipt of adequate federal funding, to identify, in conjunction with the Council on Postsecondary Education, resources at the secondary and postsecondary levels that can be directed toward advanced placement or dual enrollment instruction, and identify current and future funding sources for advanced placement or dual enrollment instructional programs and the amount of funds available or anticipated from those sources.  Statute also directs the state board to establish long-term and annual statewide goals for increasing the number of high schools providing accelerated classes and college credit for students.

One of the responsibilities of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is to enhance the relationship of credentials between secondary and postsecondary programs that permit secondary students to enter programs through early admission, advanced placement, or dual enrollment.
A board of education may award standards-based, performance-based credit toward high school graduation for standards-based dual credit courses.

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Dual Credit: A student who successfully completes a KCTCS dual credit course is given special consideration in program admissions when matriculating to a KCTCS program with special or selective admissions requirements.
Access
Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary. However, each secondary school must offer a core curriculum of AP, IB, dual enrollment, or dual credit courses, using either or both on-site instruction or electronic instruction through the Kentucky Virtual High School or other online alternatives.
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both. Independent institutions may also participate.
Student eligibility requirements
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. Student must have completed prerequisite coursework or have otherwise demonstrated mastery of the prerequisite content knowledge and skills as determined by measurable standards. Student must also have applied to and been accepted by institution. All students willing to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum must be admitted to dual credit and dual enrollment courses provided they have successfully completed the prerequisite coursework or have otherwise demonstrated mastery of the prerequisite content knowledge and skills as determined by measurable standards.
  • Student in grades 11-12 (for CPE Dual Credit only)
Cap on number of credits students may earn Not set in state policy, for courses generally.

Yes, for courses offered through Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Dual Credit. Maximum of 12 credit hours per academic year. Exceptions above this limit may be considered and approved by the college’s chief academic officer based on the specific curriculum or program.
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities No. However, while not requiring all students/parents to be notified, the CPE Dual Credit policy notes high schools are responsible for advertising and promoting dual credit opportunities among qualified high school students, parents, and high school faculty.
Counseling/advising is made available to students No, for courses generally.

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and CPE Dual Credit: Yes. The local college/institution and secondary school are each responsible for providing advising to students and parents regarding dual credit courses and the implications for students’ future collegiate enrollment and financial aid. For KCTCS, this advising includes career counseling and college program advising, and promoting matriculation to KCTCS. For CPE, this information should promote matriculation to a public postsecondary institution and include college and career program materials.
Finance
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Tuition is assessed in all circumstances. Then, dependent on 3 factors (faculty expense, location, and delivery expense), a tuition waiver is applied. The balance not covered by the tuition waiver may be paid by the student/parent, the secondary school, scholarships, or other funding sources.

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Dual Credit: If a course is offered on a KCTCS campus and supported by SEEK funding to the college, the student is deemed to have paid tuition. Approximately 15% of KCTCS Dual Credit courses are covered by SEEK funding.

A 50% tuition waiver is offered students in dual credit CTE and/or general education courses if the course is taught by a college faculty member at the partnering high school or area technology center/technical high school, and all instructional costs are covered by the college. The college waives tuition when there is not a direct expense (i.e., college is not paying the faculty or paying for the location). The college charges for faculty, location, and expenses actually incurred.

A 100% tuition waiver is offered students in dual credit CTE and/or general education courses if the course is taught by a secondary teacher at the partnering high school or area technology center/technical high school, and all instructional costs are covered by the secondary school. Students receiving a 100% tuition waiver are assessed a KCTCS charge for the administrative expense per semester (i.e., creating and maintaining student records) incurred by KCTCS for offering the course. The charge is paid by either the student/parent, the college by using a scholarship, or a third party (i.e., office of career and technical education, high school, school district, or a private or other entity). Each KCTCS college, in partnership with school districts, must identify local scholarship funds to cover the administrative charge for students who demonstrate financial need.

KCTCS and the department of education must collaborate in developing a process to determine student eligibility for financial assistance apart from these tuition waivers.

Council on Postsecondary Education Dual Credit: The public postsecondary institution must collaborate with the high school to develop a process to determine student eligibility for financial assistance.
How state funds participating high schools Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes. Statute directs the Council on Postsecondary Education, in conjunction with the Kentucky Board of Education and the Education Professional Standards Board, to develop guidelines for content knowledge and teacher training in dual enrollment and dual credit programs offered in Kentucky.

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and CPE Dual Credit: KCTCS colleges and postsecondary institutions are responsible for the academic integrity of the courses. Each college/institution must ensure the quality (equivalency of student learning outcomes for four-year institutions), consistency, and rigor of courses accepted for dual credit. Coursework must be relevant to a credential offered at the college/institution, and include the same course competencies and result in the same learning outcomes as the course taught at the college/institution.

When KCTCS or a public four-year institution seeks to change the learning outcomes for any dual credit program or course, KCTCS must notify the department of education when the KCTCS curriculum approval/course revision process is initiated (or public postsecondary institution must notify the schools involved). If it is determined that the proposed change will have an adverse effect on the award of college credit, KCTCS will identify appropriate standards for content, quality, and rigor pursuant to the requirements of SACS-COC for the program/course revision. The department of education must ensure that courses approved for dual credit incorporate any changes that occur in the same courses at KCTCS.

KCTCS: Students receive a syllabus by the first or second day of the course. The syllabus includes course requirement information, including the official description, course prerequisites, course content, grading policy, attendance requirements, course completion requirements/performance standards, and other related course information, as well as criteria to be used in evaluating the student’s performance. The KCTCS grading policy applies to dual credit courses.

CPE: Dual credit courses and the instructors of those courses comply with all appropriate Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) criteria. Dual credit courses must be taught by postsecondary faculty or secondary school teachers approved by the postsecondary institution as having appropriate credentials established by the SACS-COC Guidelines for Faculty Credentials and university policy. Secondary school faculty must demonstrate compliance with teaching credentials and qualifications. The postsecondary institution grading policy applies to dual credit courses. Postsecondary institutions must ensure that each secondary school teacher teaching dual credit courses develops and uses a course syllabus with appropriate learning outcomes and content for each course. Secondary schools are responsible for providing detailed information to students in writing (i.e., a syllabus) consistent with the public postsecondary institution policy. This information shall include the nature of the course and the expectations and requirements that correspond to its official catalog description. Course requirement information must include course prerequisites, course content, grading policy, attendance requirements, course completion requirements, performance standards, information on adding and dropping courses, and other related course information.

CPE postsecondary institutions are responsible for conducting faculty evaluations for dual credit teachers in a manner consistent with the postsecondary institution’s guidelines for evaluation of adjunct faculty and student evaluation of faculty (i.e., conducting evaluations in a manner consistent with SACS-COC standards).
Program reporting requirement Not set in state policy
Program evaluation component Yes, for CPE Dual Credit. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is responsible for creating an accountability index for students and institutions participating in dual credit experiences. The index will include both the matriculation of students to postsecondary institutions after dual credit experiences and the success of these students measured by retention and completion of postsecondary credentials.
Transferability
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes. Credit earned through dual enrollment/dual credit must be treated the same as credit earned on the college campus.

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