Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Maine

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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: A general program (no program title in statute) allows students to enroll in postsecondary courses.

A dual enrollment career and technical education program allows students in grades 11 and 12 to enroll in postsecondary CTE courses for high school and postsecondary credit.
Where courses provided Both programs: Not specified
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned General program: Postsecondary credit. District may choose to award secondary credit.

Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Both
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program Not set in state policy
CTE component Yes. “Dual enrollment career and technical education program” means a learning pathway for a specific CTE program that provides students in grades 11-12 with the opportunity to take postsecondary education courses and earn credits toward a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.
Unique characteristics General program: A home-schooled student may also receive a state subsidy for postsecondary courses if the student meets course prerequisites and academic fitness requirements.

Dual enrollment career and technical education program: This program provides a 3-year cohort-based experience that includes up to 3 years of summer career academies and a college freshman seminar experience, meets national concurrent enrollment standards, and concludes at the end of summer after the student's senior year in high school. The program includes individual learning plans, academic and career assessment, college and career advising, career exploration and job-shadowing opportunities matched to achieve the student's individual academic and career goals.

The career and technical education center or region may enter into a contract with a service provider that operates as a nonprofit organization to provide technical assistance in developing and implementing the initial phase of the dual enrollment program.

A student who has satisfactorily completed the junior and senior years in a dual enrollment career and technical education program may be eligible to receive a high school diploma from the secondary school the student last attended, although the student may not meet the graduation requirements set forth in statute. The student who successfully demonstrates proficiency as defined in statute may be eligible to receive a high school diploma from the secondary school the student last attended.
Access
Offering mandatory or voluntary General program: Not specified

Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Voluntary. However, to the greatest extent possible, a CTE program offered at a center or region must provide students the opportunity to take advantage of any applicable learning pathways, including learning pathways set forth in a collaborative agreement with publicly supported secondary and postsecondary educational institutions that form a dual enrollment career and technical education program.
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both. The Maine Maritime Academy may also participate.
Student eligibility requirements General program:
  • Minimum GPA. Minimum 3.0 or equivalent of “B” average, unless waived by the postsecondary institution.
  • Written approval/recommendation. Student must obtain school unit approval, and a recommendation from the student's school administration or one of the student's secondary school teachers to take a postsecondary course or courses at an eligible institution, following an assessment of the student by the school administration.
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. Student must meet course prerequisites.
  • Other. Parental approval. Policy also states that if a student does not meet all approval criteria set in statute, the student may still participate in dual enrollment provided the student is at least in grade 11, has received a recommendation from the student's high school and has received approval from a postsecondary institution.
Dual enrollment career and technical education program:
  • Student in grades 11-12
  • Other. Student must be a full-time student at a public secondary school and enrolled in a CTE program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region.
Cap on number of credits students may earn Not set in state policy
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities Yes. School administrative units must provide parents and students with general information on postsecondary education options.
Counseling/advising is made available to students Not set in state policy
Finance
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition General program: Combination of department of education and student/parent. A student may be eligible for a state subsidy for postsecondary courses if the student meets program eligibility requirements. The department pays 50% of tuition for the first 6 credit hours taken each semester, up to 12 credit hours per academic year. The institution may impose fees and charges, other than tuition, that are ordinarily imposed on its students. Funds appropriated to the department to carry out the purposes of this program must be in addition to the customary ongoing amounts appropriated for general purpose aid for local schools.

Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Not specified
How state funds participating high schools Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component General program: Not set in state policy

Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Yes. A program must meet national concurrent enrollment standards.
Program reporting requirement Not set in state policy
Program evaluation component Not set in state policy
Transferability
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits General program: Yes

Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Unclear

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