The Vermont Statutes Online
Subchapter 002 : Flexible Pathways to Secondary School Completion(Cite as: 16 V.S.A. § 944)
§ 944. Dual Enrollment Program
(a) Program creation. There is created a statewide Dual Enrollment Program to be a potential component of a student's flexible pathway. The Program shall include college courses offered on the campus of an accredited postsecondary institution and college courses offered by an accredited postsecondary institution on the campus of a secondary school. The Program may include online college courses or components.
(1) A Vermont resident who has completed grade 10 but has not received a high school diploma is eligible to participate in the Program if:
(A) the student:
(i) is enrolled in:
(I) a Vermont public school, including a Vermont career technical center;
(II) 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; or
(III) an approved independent school in Vermont to which the student's district of residence pays publicly funded tuition on behalf of the student;
(ii) is assigned to a public school through the High School Completion Program; or
(iii) is a home study student;
(B) dual enrollment is an element included within the student's personalized learning plan; and
(C) the secondary school and the postsecondary institution have determined that 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.
(2) An eligible student may enroll in up to two dual enrollment courses prior to completion of secondary school for which neither the student nor the student's parent or guardian shall be required to pay tuition. A student may enroll in courses offered while secondary school is in session and during the summer.
(c) Public postsecondary institutions. The Vermont State Colleges and the University of Vermont shall work together to provide dual enrollment opportunities throughout the State.
(1) When a dual enrollment course is offered on a secondary school campus, the public postsecondary institution shall:
(A) retain authority to determine course content; and
(B) work with the secondary school to select, monitor, support, and evaluate instructors.
(2) The public postsecondary institution shall maintain the postsecondary academic record of each participating student and provide transcripts on request.
(3) To the extent permitted under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the public postsecondary institution shall collect and send data related to student participation and success to the student's secondary school and the Secretary and shall send data to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation necessary for the Corporation's federal reporting requirements.
(4) The public postsecondary institution shall accept as full payment the tuition set forth in subsection (f) of this section.
(d) Secondary schools. Each school identified in subdivision (b)(1) of this section that is located in Vermont shall:
(1) provide access for eligible students to participate in any dual enrollment courses that may be offered on the campus of the secondary school;
(2) accept postsecondary credit awarded for dual enrollment courses offered by a Vermont public postsecondary institution under this section as meeting secondary school graduation requirements;
(3) collect enrollment data as prescribed by the Secretary for longitudinal review and evaluation;
(4) identify and provide necessary support for participating students and continue to provide services for students with disabilities; and
(5) provide support for a seamless transition to postsecondary enrollment upon graduation.
(e) Program management. The Agency shall manage or may contract for the management of the Dual Enrollment Program in Vermont by:
(1) marketing the Dual Enrollment Program to Vermont 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; and
(8) performing other necessary or related duties.
(f) Tuition and funding.
(1) Tuition shall be paid to public postsecondary institutions in Vermont as follows:
(A) For any course for which the postsecondary institution pays the instructor, tuition shall be paid to the postsecondary institution in an amount equal to the tuition rate charged by the Community College of Vermont (CCV) at the time the dual enrollment course is offered; provided however, that tuition paid to CCV under this subdivision (A) shall be in an amount equal to 90 percent of the CCV rate.
(B) For any course that is taught by an instructor who is paid as part of employment by a secondary school, tuition shall be paid to the postsecondary institution in an amount equal to 20 percent of the tuition rate charged by the Community College of Vermont at the time the dual enrollment course is offered.
(2) The State shall pay 50 percent of the tuition owed to public postsecondary institutions under subdivision (1)(A) of this subsection from the Next Generation Initiative Fund created in section 2887 of this title and 50 percent from funds appropriated from the Education Fund, notwithstanding subsection 4025(b) of this title.
(3) If it agrees to the terms of subsection (c) of this section, an accredited private postsecondary institution in Vermont approved pursuant to section 176 of this title shall receive tuition pursuant to subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection (f) for each eligible student it enrolls in a college-level course under this section.
(g) Private and out-of-state postsecondary institutions. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit a school district's authority to enter into a contract for dual enrollment courses with an accredited private or public postsecondary institution not identified in subsection (c) of this section located in or outside Vermont. The school district may negotiate terms different from those set forth in this section, including the amount of tuition to be paid. The school district may determine whether enrollment by an eligible student in a course offered under this subsection shall constitute one of the two courses authorized by subdivision (b)(2) of this section.
(h) Number of courses. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit a school district's authority to pay for more than the two courses per eligible student authorized by subdivision (b)(2) of this section; provided, however, that payment under subdivision (f)(2) of this section shall not be made for more than two courses per eligible student.
(i) Other postsecondary courses. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit a school district's authority to award credit toward graduation requirements to a student who receives prior approval from the school and successfully completes a course offered by an accredited postsecondary institution that was not paid for by the district pursuant to this section. The school district shall determine the number and nature of credits it will award to the student for successful completion of the course, including whether the course will satisfy one or more graduation requirements, and shall inform the student prior to enrollment. Credits awarded shall be based on performance and not solely on Carnegie units; provided, however, that unless the school district determines otherwise, a three-credit postsecondary course shall be presumed to equal one-half of a Carnegie unit. A school district shall not withhold approval or credit without reasonable justification. A student may request that the superintendent review the district's determination regarding course approval or credits. The superintendent's decision shall be final.
(j) Reports. Notwithstanding 2 V.S.A. § 20(d), the Secretary shall report to the House and Senate Committees on Education annually in January regarding the Dual Enrollment Program, including data relating to student demographics, levels of participation, marketing, and program success. (Added 2013, No. 77, § 1; amended 2015, No. 58, § E.504.1.)