Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Utah

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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 Concurrent Enrollment
Where courses provided
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institutio
  • Other (two options: videoconferencing and Technology-intensive concurrent enrollment (TICE). TICE courses are designed as either hybrid courses, having a blend of different learning activities available both in classrooms and online, or may be offered exclusively online. These courses must facilitate articulation, transfer of credit, and when possible, use open source materials available to all state institutions of higher education in order to reduce costs. Statute sets the course fee for an online concurrent enrollment in 2012-13 at $350, to be adjusted beginning with the 2013-14 school year in accordance with the percentage change in value of the weighted pupil unit from the previous school year.
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Both
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program No
CTE component Yes. Concurrent enrollment courses may be career and technical education. In addition, statute directs Utah State University Eastern and Snow College to each maintain a strong career and technical education curriculum at their campuses and within the regions they serve, to work with school districts and charter schools in developing an aggressive concurrent enrollment program, and to provide for open-entry, open-exit competency-based career and technical education programs at no cost to secondary students, that emphasize short-term job training or retraining for immediate placement in the job market and serve the geographic area encompassing specified school districts.
Unique characteristics The legislature must, subject to budget constraints, annually increase the money appropriated to the state board for concurrent enrollment based on (1) enrollment growth from additional students enrolled, courses offered, and credit hours taken, and (2) the percentage increase in the value of the weighted pupil unit.

The board of regents, after consultation with LEAs, must provide the Utah State Office of Education with proposed new course offerings, including syllabi and curriculum materials by November 30 of the year preceding the school year in which courses are to be offered. Concurrent enrollment funding is provided only for 1000 or 2000 level courses unless a student's SEOP identifies a student's readiness and preparation for a higher level course. This exception must be individually approved by the student's counselor and the LEA's concurrent enrollment administrator. Concurrent enrollment funding cannot fund unilateral parent/student initiated college attendance or course-taking.

Concurrent enrollment course offerings must reflect the strengths and resources of the respective schools and institutions and be based on student needs.

Concurrent enrollment courses may be offered to high school students only by the state institution of higher education in the corresponding geographic service region, as designated by the state board of regents. If the state institution of higher education in the corresponding service region chooses not to offer a concurrent enrollment course requested by a local board or charter school governing board, another state institution of higher education may offer the concurrent enrollment course. Courses delivered through technology are not subject to the corresponding geographic service region requirement.

Board of regents rules regarding concurrent enrollment courses taught at high schools must ensure collaboration among institutions of higher education, in the statewide offering of both general education and high demand career and technical education courses, including via technology.
Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both
Student eligibility requirements
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. An appropriate assessment is administered prior to participation in English and math courses. Students must meet same prerequisites as for the same campus-based course by the sponsoring institution.
  • Not specified. In negotiating annual contracts, LEAs and institutions establish student eligibility requirements, which must be sufficiently selective to predict a successful experience for students. Regents policy under review as of February 2014 provides these locally-established requirements may include student GPA, ACT score, or a placement score that predicts success, letters of recommendation, approval of high school and college officials, appropriate placement assessments in math and English, and completion of course prerequisites.
  • Students in grades 11-12
  • Other. Parental permission. Students must also have a current student education/occupation plan (SEOP) on file at the participating school.
Cap on number of credits students may earn Yes. State reimbursement to LEAs may not exceed 30 semester hours per student per year.
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities No
Counseling/advising is made available to students Yes. The state board and the board of regents must work together to effectively advise high school students on registering for concurrent enrollment courses. LEAs and institutions must coordinate advice and information provided to a prospective or current concurrent enrollment student. Advising must include providing information on general education requirements at higher education institutions and helping students and parents efficiently choose concurrent enrollment courses to avoid duplication or excess credit hours. The annual concurrent enrollment contract between an LEA and an institution must provide for the entity responsible for parent notification about concurrent enrollment purpose(s) and student and family privacy protections.
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Combination of state and student/parent. Students may only be charged fees or partial tuition. Participating postsecondary institutions, districts and charter schools receive a portion of a state appropriation for concurrent enrollment that supports the costs of offering the program. Each institution may charge a one-time per student per institution admissions application fee, and partial tuition of up to $30 per credit hour for each concurrent enrollment course for which a student receives college credit, paid directly to the institution, or if a course is taught by high school instructor in a public school facility, tuition of up to $10 per credit hour. If a course is taught through video conferencing, an institution may only charge up to $15 per credit hour for the concurrent enrollment course for which the student receives credit. Students eligible for free-/reduced price lunch may be charged no more than $5 per credit hour for each course for which the student receives college credit.

Payment of the one-time fee satisfies the general admissions application fee requirement for a full-time or part-time student at an institution so that no additional admissions application fee may be charged by the institution in situations of continuous enrollment.

Fees do not include reasonable lab costs, expenses for textbooks and consumable curriculum materials that are required only for USHE credit or grades. All non-USHE related student costs or fees related to concurrent enrollment classes, which may include consumables, lab fees, copying, and material costs, as well as textbooks required for the course, are subject to fee waiver consistent with R277-407-6 (which requires LEAs to provide for adequate waivers or other provisions in lieu of fee waivers to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to participate in a class or school-sponsored or supported activity because of an inability to pay a fee). LEAs are responsible for these waivers. The contract between the USHE institution and the district may address the responsibility for fee waivers.
How state funds participating high schools Equal, provided the student is enrolled in a concurrent enrollment program, and is earning high school and postsecondary credit. LEAs are reimbursed only for courses on the master list.
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Indeterminate – dependent on the state allocation for the concurrent enrollment program, which is based on a formula established in 53A-17a-120.5.
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes. Public school teachers teaching concurrent enrollment courses in high schools must first be approved as adjunct faculty and be supervised by the institution. Public school educators must have secondary endorsements in the subject area(s) they teach and meet highly qualified standards for their assignment(s). High school teachers with adjunct or part time faculty status must be included as fully as possible in the academic life of the supervising academic department. LEAs and institutions must share expertise and professional development, as necessary, to adequately prepare teachers at all levels to teach concurrent enrollment students and content, including both federal and state laws specific to student privacy and student records. The annual concurrent enrollment contract between an LEA and an institution must provide for discussion and training, as necessary, to all concurrent enrollment instructors about student information, student records laws, and student confidentiality.

Postsecondary faculty who are not K-12 teachers and who have significant unsupervised access to K-12 students must complete a criminal background check.

Course content, procedures, and teaching materials in concurrent enrollment programs must be approved by the appropriate department or program at an institution of higher education in order to ensure quality and comparability with courses offered on postsecondary campuses. Institutions must additionally take responsibility for examinations and program monitoring, and all procedures and materials to ensure quality and comparability with courses offered on the campus. Course outlines, texts and other materials needed, and the administrative and supervisory services, professional development, and reporting mechanisms to be provided by each party to the contract are established by LEAs and institutions in the negotiation of annual contracts. Each LEA must provide an annual report to the state office of education (1) regarding supervisory services and professional development provided by a USHE institution, and (2) indicating that all concurrent enrollment instructors are in compliance with certain faculty quality criteria.

The number of courses offered for concurrent enrollment must be kept small enough to ensure coordinated statewide development and professional development activities for participating teachers.
Program reporting requirement
Yes. The school performance report (public accountability report card) for each school and charter school (to be aggregated at the district and state level) must include the number of students taking Advanced Placement and concurrent enrollment courses, and the number and percent of concurrent enrollment students who receive college credit for the course.
Each LEA must provide an annual report to the state office of education (1) regarding supervisory services and professional development provided by a USHE institution, and (2) indicating that all concurrent enrollment instructors are in compliance with certain faculty quality criteria.
The board of regents must annually report to the legislature’s higher education appropriations subcommittee on concurrent enrollment participation and growth, including data on what higher education tuition would have been charged for the hours of concurrent enrollment credit granted, and on any partial tuition paid by concurrent enrollment students not eligible for free-/reduced-price lunch.
The state board and board of regents must also annually report to the public education appropriations subcommittee an accounting of the money appropriated for concurrent enrollment, and a justification of the statutorily-established split of program funds between local boards/charter schools and the board of regents.
The board of regents must provide a requesting higher education institution that participates in concurrent enrollment a report listing each public high school student who was enrolled in a concurrent enrollment course and admitted to the requesting higher education institution, including the student’s name and unique identifier, the student’s school and district or charter school, the course name of each concurrent enrollment course taken by the student, the higher education institution from which the student took each course, all the credits the student earned in each concurrent enrollment course, and the courses in which a student earned a “C” or higher.
Program evaluation component Yes. The state board and the board of regents must work in close cooperation in evaluating the concurrent enrollment program.
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes

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