Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Pennsylvania

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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. However, program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds.
Definition or title of program Concurrent Enrollment

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Where courses provided
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution
*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Secondary credit. Postsecondary credit must be awarded if the concurrent student enrolls in the postsecondary institution at which the concurrent student took a concurrent course, and may be awarded if the concurrent student enrolls in a postsecondary institution other than the one at which the concurrent student earned the credits.

In addition, a student in a charter school, nonpublic school, private school or home education program must be permitted to enroll in concurrent courses in the concurrent enrollment agreement approved by the student's school district of residence, provided that the charter school, nonpublic school, private school or home education program awards secondary credit for a successfully completed concurrent course.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program No

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
CTE component Yes. Students in area vocational-technical schools may participate in concurrent enrollment programs. Concurrent enrollment program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds.

In addition, vocational programs must submit evidence of compliance with provisions in administrative code, including evidence that articulation exists between secondary and postsecondary institutions within a service area and that a system exists promoting seamless transition to ensure the maximum opportunity for student placement including opportunities for concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment, or other strategies that promote acquisition of postsecondary credit while still in high school. Evidence includes articulation agreements and concurrent or dual enrollment agreements.
Unique characteristics Students in charter schools operating in a school entity, nonpublic or private schools for which the entity provides free transportation, and students in home education programs are also eligible to participate, provided the charter school, nonpublic school, private school or home education program awards secondary credit for a successfully completed concurrent course. Districts must provide such schools/programs with written notice of the availability of concurrent enrollment programming in the district. School districts are eligible for concurrent enrollment grant funds for students in charter schools, nonpublic schools, private schools or home education programs.

Upon request of a board of school directors of a school entity, the department of education must provide technical assistance in the development of concurrent enrollment agreements and concurrent enrollment programs.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Access
Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both. Private two- and four-year colleges, private licensed schools, and four-year private postsecondary institutions may also participate.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Student eligibility requirements
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. Postsecondary placement test scores, and demonstrated readiness for college-level coursework, as determined by the postsecondary institution.
  • Not specified. Any additional criteria set forth in the agreement between the school district or area vocational-technical school and the participating postsecondary institution.
  • Student in grades 11-12
  • Other. The results of nationally available achievement tests or other standardized tests included in the participating school entity's local assessment system, and satisfactory progress toward fulfilling applicable secondary school graduation requirements, as determined by the school entity.
A student who does not meet the eligibility requirements set forth in a concurrent enrollment agreement between a school entity and postsecondary institution may enroll in concurrent courses by meeting alternate criteria agreed upon by the school entity and the eligible postsecondary institution. In addition, each concurrent enrollment agreement must also include a description of minimum performance criteria, in courses offered by the school entity and in concurrent courses, required for students to remain in the concurrent enrollment program.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Cap on number of credits students may earn Yes — no more than 24 postsecondary credits in any school year.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities No. However, the department of education must publish promotional materials on its website that school districts and area vocational-technical schools may use to inform parents and students about the requirements, features and opportunities of concurrent enrollment programs. To the extent that the department provides school entities with printed promotional materials for dissemination, the department must make such materials available, upon request, to any charter school, nonpublic school, private school or home education program.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Counseling/advising is made available to students Not set in state policy

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Finance
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Combination of student’s district and student/parent. A school entity (district or an area vocational-technical school) pays the portion of total approved costs for which it is provided grants by the department of education, and students/parents pay the remainder. To defray—but not eliminate—district costs for concurrent enrollment students, the department provides grants to applicant school districts with an approved concurrent enrollment program, as well as a supplemental grant amount for an applicant district with a low-income concurrent enrollment student. The supplemental grant amount is equal the cost of tuition, books and fees for which a low-income concurrent student is responsible for a course.

A school entity is not responsible for paying any portion of the total approved costs for any concurrent student enrolled in a charter school, nonpublic or private school, or home education program in excess of the grants provided by the department of education.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds.*
How state funds participating high schools Equal, with qualifications. A district receives full state funding for a student if the district pays the student’s tuition, fees, and textbooks. If the district does not pay the student’s tuition and fees, the district receives a prorated amount of state funding based on the amount of time that the student spent in the classroom.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes. Each concurrent enrollment agreement between a school district or area vocational technical school and a postsecondary institution must include a description and explanation of the criteria used to determine concurrent courses offered by the postsecondary institution. The agreement must provide that the course is identical to that offered when concurrent students are not enrolled—including the use of an identical curriculum, assessments and instructional materials—and enforcement of identical prerequisite coursework requirements as enforced when concurrent students are not enrolled.

A school district or area vocational school employee who meets all qualifications for an adjunct faculty member at the eligible postsecondary institution may teach a concurrent enrollment course.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Program reporting requirement Yes, for districts and area vocational-technical schools receiving state funding for concurrent enrollment programs. Each such entity must report
  • The eligible postsecondary institution(s) with which the school entity has established a concurrent enrollment program
  • The number of participating students
  • The number of students participating in a concurrent enrollment program who are enrolled in early college high school, middle college high school or gateway to college programs
  • The courses offered through a concurrent enrollment program
  • The total approved cost for each concurrent course
  • The total amount of funds received from the department through concurrent enrollment grants
  • The number of concurrent students enrolled in charter schools, nonpublic schools, private schools or home education programs.

The department of education must develop an annual report on concurrent enrollment programs using the aforementioned information submitted by school entities. The annual report must be provided to specified legislative leaders, and published on the department website.

The department of education must also make an annual report to the governor and legislative leadership on the operations of community colleges. The report must include, among other data, dual enrollment participation.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Program evaluation component Not set in state policy

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Transferability
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits No. However, community colleges, member institutions of the state system of higher education and state-related institutions may not refuse to recognize and award credit for a concurrent course simply because the credit was earned through a concurrent enrollment program.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*

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