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S.B. 284





Chief Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

House Sponsor: Don L. Ipson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill makes changes to the concurrent enrollment program and its funding.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    authorizes a student to be charged a per credit hour partial tuition for higher
             13      education courses offered in public schools through concurrent enrollment;
             14          .    requires that concurrent enrollment courses:
             15              .    meet general education requirements at higher education institutions; and
             16              .    with exceptions, be offered through the higher education institution in the
             17      appropriate geographical service region;
             18          .    requires the State Board of Regents and the State Board of Education to work
             19      collaboratively to offer certain technology-intensive concurrent enrollment courses;
             20      and
             21          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:

             28          53A-15-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 301
             30      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          Section 1. Section 53A-15-101 is amended to read:
             32           53A-15-101. Higher education courses in the public schools -- Cooperation
             33      between public and higher education.
             34          (1) The State Board of Education in collaboration with the State Board of Regents shall
             35      implement:
             36          (a) a curriculum program and delivery system which allows students the option to
             37      complete high school graduation requirements and prepares them to meet college admission
             38      requirements at the conclusion of the eleventh grade, but does not preclude a student involved
             39      in accelerated learning programs from graduating at an earlier time;
             40          (b) a program of selected college credit courses in general and career and technical
             41      education [which would be] made available in cooperation with the State Board of Regents, as
             42      resources allow, through concurrent enrollment with one or more of the state's institutions of
             43      higher education;
             44          (c) a course of study for a student who decides to continue on through the twelfth grade
             45      that would allow the student to take courses necessary to graduate from high school, and at the
             46      student's option, to become better prepared for the world of work, or complete selected college
             47      level courses corresponding to the first and second year of course work at a university, college,
             48      or community college in the state system of higher education; and
             49          (d) a program for advanced placement which permits students to earn high school
             50      credits while qualifying to take advanced placement examinations for college credit.
             51          (2) The delivery system and curriculum program shall be designed and implemented to
             52      take full advantage of the most current available educational technology.
             53          (3) The State Board of Regents shall adopt rules to ensure the following:
             54          (a) early high school graduates who are academically prepared and meet college
             55      admission requirements may be enrolled in one of the state's institutions of higher education;
             56          (b) college credit courses are taught in high school concurrent enrollment or advanced
             57      placement programs by college or university faculty or public school educators under the
             58      following conditions:

             59          (i) to ensure that students are prepared for college level work, an appropriate
             60      assessment is given:
             61          (A) prior to participation in mathematics and English courses; and
             62          (B) in meeting prerequisites previously established for the same campus-based course
             63      by the sponsoring institution;
             64          (ii) public school educators in concurrent enrollment programs must first be approved
             65      as adjunct faculty and supervised by a state institution of higher education;
             66          (iii) teaching is done through live classroom instruction or telecommunications;
             67          (iv) collaboration among institutions to provide opportunities for general education and
             68      high demand career and technical education concurrent enrollment courses to be offered
             69      statewide, including via technology;
             70          (v) course content, procedures, and teaching materials in concurrent enrollment
             71      programs are approved by the appropriate department or program at an institution of higher
             72      education in order to ensure quality and comparability with courses offered on college and
             73      university campuses;
             74          (vi) concurrent enrollment may not include high school courses that are typically
             75      offered in grades 9 or 10, except as provided under Subsection (3)[(c)](b)(viii); [and]
             76          (vii) students may only be charged fees or partial tuition in accordance with Subsection
             77      (9)(c); and
             78          [(vii)] (viii) the provisions under Subsection (3)(b)(vi) do not apply to an early college
             79      high school; and
             80          (c) college credits obtained under this section shall be accepted for transfer of credit
             81      purposes as if they had been obtained at any public institution of higher education within the
             82      state system.
             83          (4) (a) Concurrent enrollment courses shall be college-level courses corresponding to
             84      the first or second year of general education at a state institution of higher education leading
             85      toward a certificate or degree.
             86          (b) The State Board of Regents and the State Board of Education shall develop
             87      technology-intensive concurrent enrollment courses, designed as hybrid courses, having a
             88      blend of different learning activities available both in classrooms and online.
             89          (c) The courses described in Subsection (4)(b) shall facilitate course articulation,

             90      transfer of credit, and when possible, use open source materials available to all state institutions
             91      of higher education in order to reduce costs.
             92          (5) Except as provided in Subsection (6)(b), concurrent enrollment courses shall be
             93      offered to high school students by the state institution of higher education in the corresponding
             94      geographic service region, as designated by the State Board of Regents.
             95          (6) (a) A local school board or charter school governing board shall contact the state
             96      institution of higher education in the corresponding geographical service region to provide a
             97      concurrent enrollment course and the higher education institution shall respond to the request
             98      in a reasonable amount of time.
             99          (b) If the state institution of higher education in the corresponding service region
             100      chooses not to offer the concurrent enrollment course, another state institution of higher
             101      education may offer the concurrent enrollment course.
             102          [(4)] (7) College-level courses taught in the high school carry the same credit hour
             103      value as when taught on a college or university campus and apply toward graduation on the
             104      same basis as courses taught at an institution of higher education to which the credits are
             105      submitted.
             106          [(5)] (8) The State Board of Education shall provide students in the public schools with
             107      the option of accelerating their educational program and graduating at the conclusion of the
             108      eleventh grade.
             109          [(6)] (9) (a) The State Board of Education and State Board of Regents shall work in
             110      close cooperation in developing, implementing, and evaluating the program established under
             111      this section, including working together to effectively advise high school students on
             112      registering for concurrent enrollment courses, as described in Section 53B-1-109 .
             113          (b) (i) Each high school shall receive its proportional share of concurrent enrollment
             114      money appropriated or allocated pursuant to Section 53A-17a-120.5 based upon the hours of
             115      higher education course work undertaken by students at the school under Subsections (1)(b)
             116      and (1)(c) as compared to the state total.
             117          (ii) School districts shall contract with institutions of higher education to provide the
             118      higher education services required under this section.
             119          [(iii) (A)] (c) Higher education tuition and fees may not be charged for participation in
             120      this program, except that each institution within the state's higher education system may

             121      charge:
             122          (i) a one-time per student per institution admissions application fee for concurrent
             123      enrollment course credit offered by the institution[.]; and
             124          (ii) partial tuition of up to $30 per credit hour for each concurrent enrollment course for
             125      which the student receives college credit, paid directly to the institution of higher education
             126      that offers the credit.
             127          [(B)] (d) Payment of the fee under Subsection [(6)(b)(iii)(A)] (9)(c)(i) satisfies the
             128      general admissions application fee requirement for a full-time or part-time student at an
             129      institution so that no additional admissions application fee may be charged by the institution.
             130          (e) A secondary student may participate in a concurrent enrollment course and not pay
             131      the partial tuition described in Subsection (9)(c)(ii) if the secondary student elects not to
             132      receive credit from an institution of higher education.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-27-12 8:40 AM

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