LARAMIE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURE

 

 

 

SUBJECT - Concurrent Enrollment

REFERENCE

DATE - 4/23/98

NUMBER - 6315

 

 

I. Purpose

 

The purpose of the following procedures is to ensure that high school students enrolling in concurrent LCCC coursework will be treated in the same manner and exposed to the same quality learning experiences as that of other LCCC students. Quality assurance is necessary to ensure both the college's regional accrediting agency and transfer colleges that courses taught at high schools are equivalent to those being taught on campus. Mentoring of high school instructors by LCCC instructors is a critical function that helps to ensure consistency of course content and assessment standards for identical courses taught at the high schools and at LCCC. Mentoring is defined as providing administrative assistance and guidance to another instructor in the development of the course curriculum, materials, and instructional methodologies, including the use of instructional technology, the assignment of in-class and out-of-class work, examination methods, and assignment of course grades.

A. Prior to the commencement of any concurrent enrollment classes, an agreement between Laramie County Community College and the participating school district shall be developed and signed by both institutions. It shall follow the dictates established in the Enrolled Act No. 49, Wyoming, Post-secondary Education Options Program. This act was created by legislative action of the 1995 general session. A copy of that act is attached.

B. The initial contact at the College for the scheduling of concurrent course offerings will be the dean of instruction or designee.

C. High school faculty selected to teach in the concurrent sections are selected in the same manner that all adjunct faculty are selected. The Wyoming Community College Commission (WCCC) RULES outline the qualification under Chapter five, Section 6a, as stated:

For academic and general education classes, the recommended standard is at least a master's degree, or an equivalent combination of a bachelor's degree and experience in the discipline being taught, or a closely related discipline.

D. The adjunct instructors will use a course syllabus that has been reviewed by the mentor and approved by the associate dean. A copy of the course syllabus will be given to the associate dean prior to the start of the course.

E. The WCCC established minimum of 750 minutes of class time per credit hour plus final exam time for lecture classes. Laboratory activities will be the standard minimum of 1,500 minutes per credit hour.

F. Instructional materials, including text and related software, shall be the same as campus selected materials unless suitable alternative materials have been reviewed by the mentor and approved by the associate dean.

G. All standard practices normally applied to adjunct instructors, such as working with associate deans, evaluation by students, etc., will be followed.

H. High school adjunct instructors selected to teach these courses will be assigned a mentor by the associate dean. The mentor shall have expertise; that is, preferably a master's degree in the discipline being taught or a closely related discipline, and teaching experience in the subject area taught by the high school instructors. Full-time faculty shall receive priority as mentors. If a full-time instructor is not available to mentor, the associate dean will select an alternative, qualified mentor.

I. Mentoring will be an optional, compensated assignment.

J. The adjunct instructor will meet periodically with the mentor during the course. Arrangement of these meetings may be facilitated by the associate dean.

K. The recommendation of the faculty mentor will be a strong consideration in the decision of the associate dean to rehire the adjunct instructor for that particular course.

L. According to Wyoming Community College Commission rules, all tuition must be paid at the full rate.

M. The classes may be open to other college students if there is a need and if the classroom size can accommodate additional students, and it is acceptable to the high school.

N. Students enrolled in concurrent enrollment classes must meet LCCC entrance standards such as placement exams. Students must enroll for college credit by the end of the fourth week of class and must enroll in the course for high school credit by the first day of class.

O. Enrollment for college credit in concurrent enrollment courses will normally be limited to high school seniors. High school students below senior standing may submit a written petition for admission that will require approval by both the high school principal and the associate dean(s). All other LCCC entrance standards must be met in addition to approval of the petition.

P. In order for a course taught at a high school to be considered a concurrent enrollment course, the majority of the students should be enrolled for college credit; the goal is to achieve 100% enrollment.

Q. The process of registration and the assignment of course grades will be facilitated by the Director of Enrollment Management.

R. The Director of Enrollment Management, in conjunction with the College business office personnel, will handle the billing sent to the District for concurrent enrollment.

 

  

Ch. 120 SESSION LAWS OF WYOMING, 1995  226

 

 

enrollment options for high school juniors and seniors; prescribing credits for program participation; specifying financial arrangements; requiring a report as specified; and providing for an effective date.

 

Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Wyoming:

Section 1. W.S. 21-20-201 is created to read:

 

ARTICLE 2

 

WYOMING POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION OPTIONS PROGRAM

 

21-20-201. AGREEMENT BETWEEN DISTRICTS AND POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AUTHORIZED; STUDENT PARTICIPATION; CREDITS; FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS; TRANSPORTATION.

 

(a) A Wyoming school district board of trustees and a Wyoming community college district board of trustees or the University of Wyoming may enter into an agreement to establish a postsecondary education enrollment options program whereby students resident of the participating district may attend postsecondary education programs offered by the university or a participating community college. Additional student eligibility requirements for program participation shall be based upon criteria established by the university or the community college.

 

(b) An eligible student may, according to the agreement between the school district and the university or community college, enroll in a postsecondary education program offered at:

 

(i) The university, a community college, an off-campus center or at a site meeting safety and accessibility requirements under the instruction of a faculty member;

 

(ii) A higher education center which is part of a college outreach cooperative education services agreement entered into by one (1) or more community college districts and one (1) or more school districts under W.S. 2120-104; or

 

(iii) A high school or other facility maintained by the participating district under the instruction of a certified teacher employed by the district or by a faculty member of the institution entering into an agreement with the district.

 

(c) A student participating in a postsecondary education enrollment options program pursuant to this section shall upon successfully completing any course offered under the program, receive academic credit by the resident school district which shall be counted towards the graduation requirements of the district. Evidence of successful completion of each course, the secondary credits granted and a statement that the credits were earned through program participation shall be made a part of the participating student's records maintained by the district. In addition, the participating student shall receive postsecondary education credit for any course successfully completes under the program.

 

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(d) The school district and the university or community college district entering into an agreement for purposes of this section shall, if there are any fees within the agreement, establish fees to be assessed the school district for student participation under the program, the payment schedule for the established fees and other necessary arrangements to facilitate fee payment and collection. Any textbooks, materials or equipment purchased under the established fees shall be addressed within the agreement entered into between the university or college and the school district. The university or community college shall not directly assess and collect any fee from the participating student for textbooks, materials, student services or any other fees otherwise assessed and collected from students attending the institution.

(e) A student participating in the program shall be counted within the average daily membership of the resident school district as defined under W.S. 21-13-101(axi) and concurrently by the participating higher education institution for its full-time equivalent enrollment count.

(f) If the postsecondary education options program is offered at a facility operated by the university or participating community college which is located at a reasonable distance from the high school at which the participating student is enrolled, the district may provide for the transportation of the student between the high school and the location at which the program is offered. Costs incurred by the district under this subsection shall be included as part of the district transportation expenses for the operation and maintenance of transportation routes reported under W.S. 21-13-309(b).

(g) Nothing in this section prohibits a high school student from taking a college or university course apart from agreements outlined in this section if the student bears the cost.

 

Section 2. The community college commission and participating school districts shall report to the joint education interim committee by December 1, 1995 showing categories of classes taken, the extent of the double enrollments by college and the contract arrangements, including expenditures under the program, made by each participating college and school district.

 

Section 3. This act is effective July 1, 1995. Approved February 23, 1995.