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Reaching Consensus on CC’s Approach to Dual and Concurrent Enrollment A collaborative “work in progress” by the 7 Wyoming community colleges From the Academic Affairs Council - 1/8/10 Tremendous Progress • Recent Paradigm Shift: The recent increase in online courses at the community colleges created a shift from a service area perspective/limitation to a statewide perspective/opportunity. – 2 examples of that shift in collaboratively delivering CC courses are (1) WyDEC, the group of 7 Distance Education Directors, and (2) WyCLASS, the website that lists distance courses available at all 7 colleges and UW,; – The colleges had to learn how to deliver quality online courses, train faculty, etc. NOW we are more comfortable with our quality and ability to meet growing demands for online. – More recently that shift began impacting opportunities to deliver dual enrollment--statewide but unsure about the meeting the demands for dual. • June, 2009: The 7 community colleges began developing common approaches to dual/concurrent. • Spring 2010: Implementing/ “test driving” common approaches Community Colleges’ Common Approaches From June – Sept 2009, we agreed on the following: 1. Statement of PURPOSE for dual and concurrent programs 2. Agreed on “best practices” 3. Definitions for dual and concurrent 4. Annually Reporting Data Common data elements for Dual Common data elements for Concurrent 5. Common Elements in Concurrent & Dual Agreements; sign new MOUs with all districts in Spring 2010 6. Common Enrollment Form for Dual & Concurrent; starting with Fall 2010 registrations. Includes signatures from HS staff, students, parents, and college. 7. Faculty Approval process is the same, i.e. meet the same criteria as any other adjunct. 8. Student Eligibility is the same, i.e. meet college eligibility requirements, the same as other college students; however, some districts mutually agree with the community college to include G.P.A. 9. Access to College Student Services: HS students enrolled in a college course have access to the same student and academic support services. 10. Join WDE’s Switchboard network by Spring 2010; Use Common statement Tasks In-Progress for this Spring 2010 • Sign new MOUs with each district before they start registration for Fall 2010 • Use new Registration Forms for Fall 2010 enrollments. • Join WDE’s Switchboard Network • Develop and run statewide data reports – Colleges tested a draft report at the end of the Fall 2009 semester; it had some bugs. New version completed Jan 2010. – Plan to have an official report added to enrollment reporting at the end of Spring. Remaining Issues, I • Will access to concurrent/dual enrollment courses be part of the K-12 “basket of goods”? • Need consistent use and understanding of the 5 post-secondary options in appropriate state documents: – Dual enrollment, – Concurrent – “Jump start” HS age students taking a college course without HS credit – International Baccalaureate, and – Advanced Placement • Clarify how we can use the existing WyCLASS website to offer dual distance courses across the state – Challenge to provide all types of courses (particularly lab & technical courses) – Challenge of finding enough qualified faculty to provide quality courses Remaining Funding Issues, II • Funding resources vary for each district • Who should pay for DUAL courses? Multiple sources include – Districts, Community Colleges, WDE, BOCES, Parents – Debate about “skin in the game” for student/parents • The K-12 ADM formula and community college FTE formula are distinctly different – More FTEs at a community college does NOT automatically increase funding – More K-12 ADM does generate more funding Remaining Communication Issues, III • Better interaction between campus faculty and adjuncts teaching concurrent. • More input from the superintendents statewide group. • Follow-up studies: Assessment of learning of all 5 options • Input on revisions to post-secondary options statute • Input on revisions to WDE Rules related to distance dual enrollment.