HCC Concurrent Enrollment Policy



It is the policy of the Kansas Board of Regents to encourage high school students to take advantage of postsecondary education opportunities by enrolling in postsecondary courses while still in high school or participating in home schooling.  K.S.A. 72-11a01 through 72-11a05 provide for these opportunities through the Kansas Challenge to Secondary School Pupils Act.  The act commonly is known as concurrent enrollment of high school students in eligible postsecondary institutions.  Statutory language provides conditions under which secondary schools and eligible postsecondary institutions may establish cooperative agreements, defined as a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership.

While various forms of dual enrollment may be offered under the statute, this policy applies only to Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships formed between a high school and eligible postsecondary education institution in which a high school faculty member teaches a college-level course to high school students at the high school during the regular high school day.  These partnerships must conform to paragraph b. of this policy.

Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships do NOT include the following:

  1. programs in which the high school student travels to the college campus to take courses prior to graduation during the academic year or during the summer;
  2. programs in which college faculty travel to the high school to teach separate courses to high school students; and
  3. the College Board Advanced Placement Program and the International Baccalaureate Program, which use standardized tests to assess the student’s knowledge of a curriculum developed by a committee consisting of both college and high school faculty

As established by the Kansas Board of Regents, the system-wide purposes of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships are threefold:

  1. Purposes of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
    1. To Reduce Time-to Degree and Lower Costs

      Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships enable students to get an early start on their college education, thus potentially reducing the time required to complete a degree and lowering the costs borne by parents, students and taxpayers.

    2. To Challenge High School Students and Promote College-Level Success

      Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships are aimed at providing a college-level learning experience for qualified students by enhancing the amount, level and diversity of learning in high school beyond the traditional secondary curriculum. First year experience courses, performing and visual arts courses and advanced science, mathematics and language offerings not available in high school are especially encouraged.

    3. To Foster Improved Relationships Between Kansas Public Postsecondary Education Institutions and Kansas Secondary Schools

      Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships are intended to foster improved relationships among stakeholders by clarifying expectations, roles, and responsibilities

  2. Procedures and Standards for Implementing Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
    1. Definitions

      For purposes of this policy:

      1. "Concurrent Enrollment Partnership student” means a person who is in grades 10, 11, or 12, or who is gifted and is in grade 9 (see paragraph b.v.(2)); has been admitted to an eligible postsecondary education institution as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student; and is enrolled in courses at a high school at which approved high school faculty teach college credit courses during the normal school day.
      2. "Concurrent Enrollment Partnership agreement” means a written memorandum of understanding between an eligible postsecondary institution and a school district for the purpose of offering college-level learning to students who are eligible to enroll in college courses offered at a high school at which approved high school faculty teach said college courses during the normal school day.
      3. "Eligible postsecondary institution” means any state university, community college, technical college, municipal university or affiliated institute of technology.

    2. Agreement between Eligible Postsecondary Institutions and School Districts

      A Concurrent Enrollment Partnership agreement shall be established between the eligible postsecondary institution and the school district. Such agreement shall satisfy the requirements of K.S.A. 72-11a04 and contain the essential elements provided in this policy. The agreement shall contain, at a minimum:

      1. the names and contact information of the liaisons for both parties, term of the agreement and any provisions for early termination, the individual and joint responsibilities of both parties, information, guidelines and necessary directions for curriculum, faculty, students, assessment, and a listing of principles for assuring quality in programming;
      2. an implementation plan for ensuring high school faculty teaching concurrently enrolled partnership students are integrated into the postsecondary partner institution through orientation, professional development, seminars, site visits, annual evaluations and ongoing communication with the postsecondary partner institution’s faculty;
      3. a clause addressing issues of compensation, awarding of credit and course listings for each party;
      4. acknowledgement that the academic credit shall be granted for course work successfully completed by the student at the postsecondary partner institution, which shall qualify as college credit and may qualify as both high school and college credit;
      5. acknowledgement that such course work shall qualify as credit applicable toward the award of a degree or certificate at the postsecondary partner institution;
      6. acknowledgement that the student shall pay to the postsecondary partner institution the negotiated amount of tuition, fees and related costs charged by the institution for enrollment of the student except in the case of tiered technical courses. Secondary students admitted to postsecondary tiered technical courses conducted by a community college, technical college or institute of technology may be charged fees, but shall not be charged tuition; (K.S.A. 72-4417, as amended)
      7. a plan for ensuring that courses offered through a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership are annually reviewed by college faculty in the discipline at the postsecondary partner institution according to the criteria described in iii.(5); and
      8. a statement indicating the Concurrent Enrollment Partnership agreement shall be reviewed at least every five years by the postsecondary partner institution to assure compliance and quality considerations as outlined in this policy.

    3. Curriculum Standards, Course Content/Materials, and Assessment of Students
      1. Courses administered through a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership shall be university/college catalogued courses with the same departmental id, course descriptions, numbers, titles and credits. Courses must have been approved through the curriculum approval process of the postsecondary partner institution.
      2. The high school and college-level prerequisites, the content of courses, course goals and objectives, must be the same as those for the same courses offered to students at any location or by any delivery method.
      3. Materials such as textbooks must be comparable to those used in the same course throughout the postsecondary partner institution. Procedures for selection of textbooks and related material by high school faculty who teach concurrently enrolled students must follow the postsecondary partner’s institutional policies.
      4. If a course has been approved by Board staff as competency-based, the competencies for the courses must be the same as those for courses not taught to concurrently enrolled students.
      5. College faculty at the postsecondary partner institution shall annually review Concurrent Enrollment Partnership courses in their discipline to ensure that:
        1. Concurrent Enrollment Partnership students are held to the same grading standards and standards of achievement as those expected of students in on-campus sections;
        2. Concurrent Enrollment Partnership students are being assessed using the same methods (i.e., papers, portfolios, quizzes, labs) as students in on-campus sections;
        3. high school faculty are utilizing the same final examination for each Concurrent Enrollment Partnership course as is given in a representative section of the same course taught at the public postsecondary institution awarding the course credit; and
        4. high school faculty are applying the same scoring rubric for the assigned course as is used in the on-campus course; and that course management, instructional delivery and content meet or exceed those in regular on-campus sections.
      6. Remedial/developmental course work shall not be offered as a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership course.

    4. High School Faculty
      1. Qualifications
        1. High school faculty teaching college-level, non-tiered Concurrent Enrollment Partnership courses shall attain instructional eligibility by meeting the standards established by the Higher Learning Commission, as stated that the body’s Criteria for Accreditation and Assumed Practices regarding faculty roles and qualifications.
        2. Faculty teaching college-level tiered technical courses through a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership shall attain instructional eligibility by meeting the academic standards addressed above or possess a valid/current industry-recognized credential and a minimum of 4,000 hours of work experience in the specific technical field.
        3. Postsecondary partner institutions may set higher standards.

      2. Orientation, Professional Development and Evaluation
        1. Before approving high school faculty to teach college-level Concurrent Enrollment Partnership courses, the postsecondary partner institution shall provide the high school faculty with orientation and training in course curriculum, assessment criteria, course philosophy, and Concurrent Enrollment Partnership administrative requirements.
        2. The postsecondary partner institution shall provide the high school faculty with ongoing professional development opportunities.
        3. Orientation and/or professional development activities shall include collaborative faculty development programming such as pedagogy, instructional design, course management, instructional delivery skill improvement, curricular reform initiatives, and student success assessment strategies.
        4. The postsecondary partner institution shall annually conduct evaluations of high school faculty teaching Concurrent Enrollment Partnership courses to ensure compliance with the state expectations for Concurrent Enrollment Partnership courses.

    5. Student Eligibility for Enrollment, Advising and Student Guides
      1. High school students enrolled in courses administered through a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership shall be enrolled as degree or non-degree/non-matriculated students at the postsecondary partner institution. Each Concurrent Enrollment Partnership student must meet the postsecondary partner institution’s requirements for admission as a degree-seeking or non-degree/non-matriculated student. Concurrently enrolled students shall have met institutional enrollment requirements; satisfied course prerequisites; and followed institutional procedures regarding assessment/placement. In order to enroll in a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership course, students shall achieve the same score or subscore on a standardized placement test as is required for students enrolled in the same on-campus course. Postsecondary partner institutions may establish higher standards.
      2. Students who are enrolled in grade 9 and are classified by a school district as “gifted” according to the State Department of Education’s definition, K.A.R. 91-40-1(bb), as amended, may be admitted as concurrently enrolled students provided all other applicable requirements as outlined above are satisfied.
      3. The student must be authorized by the high school principal to apply for enrollment.
      4. Advising of students who desire to enroll in Concurrent Enrollment Partnership courses must be carried out by both the high school and postsecondary institution.
      5. Students shall be provided with a student guide created as part of the Concurrent Enrollment Partnership that outlines their rights and responsibilities as university/college students. The student guide shall also provide a description of how courses may be transferred in the Kansas public postsecondary education system.

    6. Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Courses that Include Students Enrolled for Secondary and/or Postsecondary Credit

      A course may include students enrolled for postsecondary and/or secondary credit. The postsecondary partner institution is responsible for ensuring that academic standards (course requirements and grading criteria) are not compromised.

  3. Reporting of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
    1. Institutions will report the following as a part of the regular Kansas Postsecondary Database collection:
      1. Directory information for each high school student enrolled;
      2. Credit hours generated by each high school student;
      3. Credentials of faculty teaching Concurrent Enrollment Partnership courses; and
      4. Concurrent Enrollment Partnership credit hours generated by each high school student.

    2. By January 31 of odd-numbered years, each public postsecondary institution shall provide to Board staff a list of high schools with which it has Concurrent Enrollment Partnership agreements. For each institution, Board staff will select no more than two high schools for reporting. For each high school selected, each institution will submit the following to the Board office:
      1. Copy of the Concurrent Enrollment Partnership agreement that includes the criteria described in b.ii.;
      2. Student Guide for Concurrent Enrollment Partnership students as described in b.v.(5); and
      3. Report resulting from the annual review of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership courses by postsecondary partner institution, aggregated by discipline (as described in section b.iii.(5).

    3. By January 31 of odd-numbered years, each institution shall forward to the Board office a copy of all reports resulting from the five-year institutional review of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (as described in b.ii.(8)).

    4. All reports shall be reviewed for compliance and the results will be reported to the Board President and Chief Executive Officer.