2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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VCCS - Dual Enrollment Redesign (language only)

Item 213 #4c

Item 213 #4c

Education: Higher Education
Virginia Community College System


Page 207, after line 19, insert:

"V. 1.  The Virginia Community College System, in coordination with the Department of Education, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia, and the P-20 Council shall: (1) examine the rigor of dual enrollment general education courses; (2) establish structured dual enrollment career technical education and general education program pathways that lead to completion of certificates, diplomas, or associate degrees; (3) develop a process to create a dual enrollment general education course catalog that designates uniform transferability of courses to public four-year institutions of higher education; (4) develop guidelines for the implementation of improved transparent and accurate communication of dual enrollment course credit information to local school divisions, parents, and students; (5) recommend uniform pricing models for dual enrollment course delivery that sustain the affordability of dual enrollment offered by the Virginia Community College System and reflect the positive existing partnerships between local school divisions and Virginia's 23 community colleges; and (6) develop shared funding recommendations for the delivery of early college high school programs.  A report of the preliminary findings shall be delivered to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee by May 1, 2017, with a final report by May 1, 2018.

2.  For the 2017-18 school year, the Virginia Community College System shall allow school divisions and local community colleges that offer dual enrollment courses to negotiate different costs for dual enrollment courses held at the local community college where a previous agreement had existed in the past and where there would be no loss of revenue based on the previous agreement."


(This amendment directs VCCS, DOE, and SCHEV to recommend certain changes to the structure of dual enrollment. In the 2015-16 academic year, 37,926 high school students earned college credit through dual enrollment at one of the 23 community colleges. In Virginia, dual enrollment is delivered primarily at the high school by a faculty member who is verified by the college as qualified to teach college-level courses. The college and the high school enter into a contract agreement that sets out the terms and conditions upon which college courses will be offered.)