Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Wisconsin

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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 five programs that fall under the umbrella of dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment:

The Youth Options program allows students in grades 11 and 12 not enrolled in a technical college to enroll in an institution of higher education.

Course Options, created by 2013 Act 20, extends existing open enrollment policy to students seeking admission at a public or nonprofit postsecondary institution or tribal college.

Section 118.15(1)(b) of the schools code permits a student who is at least 16 or is an at-risk student to attend a technical college in lieu of high school or on a part-time basis if the student and parent agree in writing that the student will participate in a program leading to his/her high school graduation. The district board of the technical college district in which the child resides must admit the child. Every technical college district board must offer day class programs satisfactory to meet the requirements of these provisions to receive state aid.

Section 118.55(7r) of the schools code is in the same section of code as the Youth Options program, but is considered a separate program for purposes of this analysis due to differing program eligibility requirements, processes, etc. Section 118.55(7r) allows a student in good academic standing who is not an at-risk student to enroll in a technical college.

Dual Enrollment programs are programs or courses of study designed to provide high school students the opportunity to gain credits in both technical college and high school, including transcripted credit programs or other educational services provided by contract between a school district and a technical college.
Where courses provided Youth Options:
  • At high school
  • At postsecondary institution. Courses taught primarily at postsecondary institution.
Course Options and Section 118.15(1)(b): At postsecondary institution

Dual Enrollment: Not specified. In practice, courses are typically by high school teachers in the high school.

Section 118.55(7r): At postsecondary institution

UW Colleges Online offers courses for high school/college credit.
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Youth Options: Not specified. On the application submitted to the institution of higher education, the pupil must specify whether he or she will be taking the course or courses for high school credit or postsecondary credit. A district must determine whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district, whether the course satisfies any of the high school graduation requirements, and the number of high school credits to award the pupil for the course, if any. A district must grant high school credit if the postsecondary course meets any high school graduation requirements. Administrative code identifies additional conditions under which a district may approve or deny awarding high school credit for a course.

Course Options: Not specified

Section 118.15(1)(b): Postsecondary only. Courses taken at a technical college through this program do not fulfill high school graduation requirements unless the state superintendent has approved the course for that purpose.

Dual Enrollment: Both

Section 118.55(7r): Not specified. Postsecondary credit is awarded. The student’s local board must notify the student if a course does not meet the high school graduation requirements and whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district. If the pupil disagrees with the school board's decision regarding comparability of courses or satisfaction of high school graduation requirements, the pupil may appeal the school board's decision to the state superintendent.
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program All programs but 118.55(7r): Not set in state policy

118.55(7r): No
CTE component Yes. “Dual enrollment programs” are programs or courses of study designed to provide high school students the opportunity to gain credits in both technical college and high school, including transcripted credit programs or other educational services provided by contract between a school district and a technical college. (38.28(1m)(am)) Course Options, 118.15(1)(b), and 118.55(7r) also allow students to enroll in a technical college.
Unique characteristics Dual Enrollment: 2013 Act 20 (A.B. 40) directs the technical college system board to establish a formula for allocating an amount to each technical college district based on a district's performance in the 3 previous fiscal years on specified criteria, including participation in dual enrollment programs.
Access
Offering mandatory or voluntary Youth Options: Unclear

Course Options: Voluntary. If an institution rejects an application, it must include in the notice the reason for the rejection. In addition, a school board must reject a student’s application if the board determines the course conflicts with the student’s individualized education program, and may reject the application if the board determines the course does not satisfy a high school graduation requirement, or does not conform to or support the student’s academic and career plan.

Section 118.15(1)(b): Mandatory

Dual Enrollment: Voluntary

118.55(7r): Voluntary. A school board may refuse to permit a pupil to attend a technical college if the pupil is a child with a disability, and the board determines that the cost would impose an undue financial burden on the school district. A technical college district board may reject an application from a pupil with a record of disciplinary problems, as determined by the district board.
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Youth Options and Course Options: Both. Private, nonprofit institutions and tribal colleges may also participate.

Section 118.15(1)(b), Dual Enrollment, and Section 118.55(7r): 2-year
Student eligibility requirements Youth Options:
  • Student in grades 11-12.
  • Other. May not be attending a technical college through 118.55(7r) or 118.15(1)(b)
Course Options:
  • Not specified. A student’s parent submits an application to the educational institution on a form provided by the department.
Section 118.15(1)(b):
  • Other. Student must be a Wisconsin resident (or a nonresident, and district board of attendance approves the enrollment), be at least 16 or an at-risk student, and student and parent must agree in writing that the student will participate in a program leading to his/her high school graduation. A technical college district board may admit a student under age 16 if the student is a Wisconsin resident or approved nonresident, has parent’s written permission, will not be attending the technical college district school during the normal school day.
Dual Enrollment: Not specified

118.55(7r):
  • Written approval/recommendation. Written approval of parent.
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. Student must meet course prerequisites.
  • Student in grades 11-12
  • Other. Pupil who is not a child at risk, who is in good academic standing and who notifies board of intent to attend a technical college by specified date
Cap on number of credits students may earn Youth Options and 118.55(7r): Yes. A school board may adopt a policy limiting the number of credits the board will pay for to the equivalent of 18 postsecondary semester credits per pupil. A postsecondary institution’s admissions policies may not restrict the number of courses a student takes.

Course Options: Yes. A student may attend no more than 2 courses at any time.

Dual Enrollment: Not set in state policy

Section 118.15(1)(b): No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student.
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities Youth Options and 118.55(7r): Yes. Each board must provide information about programs to all students in grades 9-11.

All other programs: No
Counseling/advising is made available to students Youth Options and 118.55(7r): Limited. A local board must inform the pupil and the pupil's parent or guardian if the pupil's timetable for graduation may be negatively affected if the student participates in the program.

All other programs: Not set in state policy
Finance
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Youth Options: If a course is taken for high school credit and is not comparable to a course offered by the district:

If student attends an institution in the University of Wisconsin system: School district pays the actual cost of tuition, fees, books and other necessary materials directly related to the course. If the student attends a private institution, the district pays the lesser of (1) The actual cost of tuition, fees, books and other necessary materials, or (2) An amount determined by dividing the state total net cost of the general fund in the previous school year by the state total membership in the previous school year, dividing that quotient by the statewide average number of high school credits taken by full-time pupils in the previous school year, as determined by the state superintendent, and multiplying that quotient by the number of high school credits taken by the pupil at the private institution of higher education.

A student is not responsible for any portion of tuition or fees for a course taken for high school credit if the local board has determined the course is not comparable to a course offered in the school district. However, a student is responsible for tuition and fees if the local board determines the course is comparable to a course offered in the district.

Youth Options and Section 118.55(7r): A student taking a course for postsecondary credit only is responsible for all course costs. If a student fails a course or does not complete a course, the student or parent must reimburse the local board for the amount paid on the student’s behalf. If the amount is not reimbursed, the student is ineligible for any further participation in the program.

Course Options: The district pays the cost of providing the course, calculated in a manner determined by the department. The institution may not charge or receive from the student or district any additional payment.

Section 118.15(1)(b) and Dual Enrollment: Student/parent

Section 118.55(7r) only: School district pays tuition, books and course fees for courses that are taken for high school credit; a pupil is not responsible for any portion of tuition or fees for a course taken for high school credit. The district is not responsible for charges for any courses comparable to courses offered in the school district. If the student is a child with a disability, the payment must be adjusted to reflect the cost of any special services required for the pupil.
How state funds participating high schools All programs: Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions All programs but 118.55(7r): Not defined

118.55(7r): Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Not set in state policy
Program reporting requirement Youth Options, 118.15(1)(b), and 118.55(7r): Yes. A common or union high school district must file a verified annual school district report with the department, which must include the students attending a technical college under s. 118.15(1)(b) and an institution of higher education or a technical college under Youth Options, or a technical college under 118.55(7r).

Course Options and Dual Enrollment: Not set in state policy

Section 118.15(1)(b) and 118.55(7r): The technical college system board must, in consultation with the state superintendent, develop a uniform format for district boards to use in reporting the number of pupils attending district schools under section 118.15(1)(b) and 118.55(7r). The technical college system board must annually report to the department of administration, department of children and families, department of public instruction, and department of workforce development, and to the legislature, by school district:
  • The number of pupils who attended district schools under ss. 118.15(1)(b) and 118.55(7r)
  • The type and number of credits earned
  • The number of persons who applied for admission to a technical college in the previous school year, who previously earned technical college credit under s. 118.55(7r) and who applied for admission within one year of graduating from high school
  • The courses given in high schools for which a pupil may receive technical college credit and the number of pupils enrolled in the courses for technical college credit in the previous school year.
  • Any other information considered relevant by the board.

The Milwaukee board must file a verified annual report with the department, which must include the number of students attending a technical college under Section 118.15(1)(b), disaggregated by school, grade, gender and ethnicity.

Program evaluation component Not set in state policy
Transferability
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Not specified

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