Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Wyoming

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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. Statute provides for the offering of "post secondary education enrollment options." Two avenues for student participation fall under that term. A Concurrent Enrollment course is taught by a high school instructor approved as community college adjunct faculty, and teaching said course as part of their duties as a district employee. Dual Enrollment credit is given to high school students who complete college-level courses for which the community college hires and pays the instructor, and in which the school district agrees to allow high school credit.
Where courses provided
  • At high school (Concurrent Enrollment)
  • At postsecondary institution (Dual Enrollment)
  • Virtual program
  • Other. An off-campus center or at a site meeting safety and accessibility requirements under the instruction of a faculty member, or a higher education center that is part of a college outreach cooperative education services agreement entered into by one or more community college districts and one or more school districts, or a facility other than a high school maintained by the school district.
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Both
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program Not set in state policy
CTE component Yes. A district may apply to the department of education for state funds to plan, develop, and implement a career-technical education demonstration project as a new or an expansion to any existing high school career-vocational education program in the district. Funds for two-year implementation of demonstration projects must, among other purposes, provide opportunities for work-based learning and dual enrollment in related post secondary courses.
Unique characteristics Distance education grant funds are available to assist school districts, community colleges, and the University of Wyoming with developing distance education course(s), including dual enrollment courses, available from the WSN (Wyoming Switchboard Network).
Access
Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary. However, while offering is not mandated for every district, each school board, in conjunction with the University of Wyoming, community college boards, or other accredited postsecondary institutions must make postsecondary education options programs reasonably accessible to eligible students.
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both options: Both. Other accredited postsecondary institutions may also participate. The University of Wyoming offers dual enrollment.
Student eligibility requirements
  • Written approval/recommendation. From designated school official
  • Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution. Student must meet course entrance requirements/course prerequisites.
  • Student in grades 11-12
  • Other. Parental permission
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 Yes. Each high school/college partnership must have a contact person for overseeing the program in both the high school and college. The liaision is responsible for coordinating advisement, course schedules, regular and standardized communications, course transferability, and support services. Each partnership must also coordinate support services that include, but are not limited to, tutoring, technical assistance, library resources, counseling, advising and peer support. Each student and his/her parent must sign the Community College‐High School Dual/Concurrent Registration Form and discuss student responsibility and transfer of credits.
Finance
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Student's district. A postsecondary institution may not assess any fee from the participating student for textbooks, materials, student services or any other fees otherwise assessed and collected from students attending the institution.
How state funds participating high schools Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Yes. Responsibility for the quality of dual and concurrent enrollment courses lies with the postsecondary institution. A concurrent enrollment course (taught by high school instructor appointed adjunct faculty by a community college) must be approved by the community college as having equivalent course content, learning objectives and work assignments as an existing college course, as determined by community college faculty. The Manual of Procedures for Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Courses specifies: "College faculty members and high school teachers shall engage in yearly discussions to assure use of equivalent syllabi, assignments, and end‐of‐course assessments as those used in courses taught on campus. College faculty members and high school teachers must
address common expectations and review student work on a regular basis. Courses shall be reviewed annually to assure quality."

Through the Wyoming Adjunct Professor Loan Repayment Program (WAPLR), the Wyoming Community College Commission makes funds available to high school teachers who require additional coursework to qualify as adjunct instructors under the concurrent enrollment policies of a community college district or the University of Wyoming. A loan recipient may repay the loan without cash payment by teaching at least one concurrent enrollment course for a minimum of two years, beginning the fall following completion of the courses necessary to qualify the individual to teach a concurrent enrollment course. The school district must annually verify the applicant is teaching a concurrent college level credit-bearing course.
Program reporting requirement Yes. A district (or board of cooperative educational services) and a postsecondary institution must annually file a report with the community college commission on student participation and completion and on revenues and expenditures for program activities for the immediately preceding school year. The commission must then annually report to the joint education interim committee, the community colleges, the department of education and the University of Wyoming on statewide program revenues, expenditures and student participation and completion.
Program evaluation component Yes. 2010 legislation provides that a major component of state policy development from consensus discussions led by the community college commission must include the establishment and maintenance of a data system compiling student enrollment, completion and outcome information for dual and concurrent enrollment programs. Efforts must be coordinated with the transcript center within the department of education, and the longitudinal data collection effort under the Hathaway student scholarship program. The Manual of Procedures for Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Programs clarifies that these data on "success in subsequent academic coursework, persistence of post‐secondary programs toward certificate and/or degree completion" are "to assist schools and colleges in assessment of student course outcomes".
Transferability
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits Yes

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