Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Vermont

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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. The Dual Enrollment program includes college courses offered on the campus of an accredited postsecondary institution and on a secondary school campus, and may include online courses.

A secondary technical student may be enrolled in postsecondary technical courses if the enrollment is accepted by the postsecondary institution and approved by the district of residence as being in the student’s best interests.
Where courses provided
  • At high school (Dual Enrollment)
  • At postsecondary institution (Dual Enrollment)
  • Virtual program (may be but is not required to be offered) (Dual Enrollment)
  • Not specified (Technical)
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Dual Enrollment: Both. A student may but is not required to receive secondary credit for a course the district approved but did not pay for. A school district may not withhold approval or credit without reasonable justification.

Technical: Secondary credit. Programs must "provide an opportunity for" the student also to receive postsecondary credit, but policy does not specify that both high school and postsecondary credit are automatically awarded.
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program Not set in state policy
CTE component Dual Enrollment: Yes. A student enrolled in a Vermont career technical center is eligible to participate in dual enrollment programs.

Technical: Yes. A secondary technical student may be enrolled in postsecondary technical courses if the enrollment is accepted by the postsecondary institution and approved by the district of residence as being in the student’s best interests. The school board awarding graduation credits must consider the recommendation of the regional advisory board, regional technical center school district board, or any other authorized alternate governing board and must provide an opportunity for the secondary student also to receive postsecondary credit.
Unique characteristics Dual Enrollment: Private school students (to which the student's district of residence pays publicly funded tuition on the student’s behalf) and home-schooled students may also participate, as can a student in a public school in another state or an approved independent school that is designated as the public secondary school for the student's district of residence.

The Vermont State Colleges and the University of Vermont must work together to provide dual enrollment opportunities throughout the state.

Secondary schools must identify and provide necessary support for participating students and continue to provide services for students with disabilities, provide support for a seamless transition to postsecondary enrollment upon graduation.

The Vermont Agency of Education must manage or may contract for the management of the Dual Enrollment Program in Vermont by:
(1) Marketing the Dual Enrollment Program to students and their families
(2) Assisting secondary and postsecondary partners to develop memoranda of understanding, when requested
(3) Coordinating with secondary and postsecondary partners to understand and define student academic readiness
(4) Convening regular meetings of interested parties to explore and develop improved student support services
(5) Coordinating the use of technology to ensure access and coordination of the Program
(6) Reviewing program costs
(7) Evaluating all aspects of the Dual Enrollment Program and ensuring overall quality and accountability
(8) Performing other necessary or related duties.

The Secretary must develop, publish, and regularly update guidance, in the form of technical assistance, sharing of best practices and model documents, legal interpretations, and other support designed to help school districts provide students, beginning no later than in 7th grade, with career development and postsecondary planning resources to ensure they are able to take full advantage of flexible pathways to graduation opportunities, including dual enrollment.
Offering mandatory or voluntary Dual Enrollment: Mandatory

Technical: Voluntary
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Dual Enrollment: Both. A private institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges or another regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may also participate.

Technical: Two-year
Student eligibility requirements
  • Not specified (Technical)
  • Student in grades 11-12 (Dual Enrollment)
  • Other (Dual Enrollment). Dual enrollment must be element in the student's personalized learning plan. The secondary school and the postsecondary institution must also determine the student is sufficiently prepared to succeed in a dual enrollment course, which can be determined in part by the assessment tool or tools identified by the participating postsecondary institution.
Cap on number of credits students may earn Not set in state policy
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities No
Counseling/advising is made available to students Dual Enrollment: Not set in state policy. However, one of the duties of the agency of education relative to the program is to convene regular meetings of interested parties to explore and develop improved student support services.

Technical: Not set in state policy
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Dual Enrollment: An eligible student may enroll in up to 2 dual enrollment courses for which the student/parent are not required to pay tuition. District of student’s residence pays tuition—tuition rate is either 20% or 90% of Community College of Vermont rate depending on whether course is taught by secondary or postsecondary instructor. State pays 50% of tuition from the Next Generation Initiative Fund. A school district may enter into a contract to offer dual enrollment through a public or private postsecondary institution that is not affiliated with Vermont State Colleges or the University of Vermont; institution may be in or out of state. District may negotiate terms different from those set forth in statute, including the amount of tuition to be paid.

Once district has paid for two courses, student/parent is responsible for tuition. A school district may choose to pay for more than two courses per eligible student, but the state will not pay 50% of tuition for those additional courses.

Technical: District
How state funds participating high schools Not defined
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Not defined
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Dual Enrollment: Yes. When a course is offered at a high school, the public postsecondary institution must retain authority to determine course content and work with the secondary school to select, monitor, support, and evaluate instructors.

Technical: Not set in state policy
Program reporting requirement Dual Enrollment: Yes. The public postsecondary institution must send data related to student participation and success to the secretary of education and send data to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation necessary for the Corporation's federal reporting requirements. The secretary must annually report to the house and senate education committees regarding the Dual Enrollment Program, including data relating to student demographics, levels of participation, marketing, and program success. 

Technical: No
Program evaluation component Dual Enrollment: Yes. Each secondary school must collect enrollment data as prescribed by the secretary of education for longitudinal review and evaluation. In addition, one of the program duties of the Vermont Agency of Education is to evaluate all aspects of the program and ensure overall quality and accountability.

Technical: No
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Unclear

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