IHCDA Concurrent Enrollment
Education/Director of Concurrent Enrollment
The Board believes that students who wish to pursue postsecondary level work while in high school should be permitted to do so in accordance with this policy and accompanying graduation requirements for successful completion of approved postsecondary courses offered by institutions of higher education.
This policy and accompanying regulation do not apply to students seeking to enroll in postsecondary courses pursuant to the Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) program or a “dropout recovery program” pursuant to the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act (the Act). Students seeking to enroll in the ASCENT program or a dropout recovery program shall work with district administrators and meet the Act’s applicable requirements.
For purposes of this policy and accompanying regulation, the following definitions shall apply:
“Concurrent enrollment” means the simultaneous enrollment of a qualified student in a district high school and in one or more postsecondary courses at an institution of higher education.
“Qualified student” means a person who is less than 21 years of age and is enrolled in the 9th grade or higher grade level and demonstrates both college readiness and personal readiness for postsecondary coursework.
“Postsecondary course” means a course offered by an institution of higher education and includes coursework resulting in the acquisition of a certificate; an associate degree of applied sciences, general studies, arts, or science; and all baccalaureate degree programs.
“Institution of higher education” means:
a. A state university or college, community college, junior college, or area vocational school as described in title 23, C.R.S.;
b. A postsecondary career and technical education program that offers postsecondary courses and is approved by the state board for community colleges and occupational education pursuant to applicable state law; and
c. An educational institution operating in Colorado that meets the Act’s specified criteria.
Qualified students seeking to enroll in postsecondary courses at the district’s expense and receive high school credit for such courses shall follow the procedure(s) accompanying this policy.
Academic credit granted for postsecondary courses successfully completed by a qualified student shall count as high school credit or mastery demonstrations toward graduation requirements. High school credit shall be granted for postsecondary courses that meet or exceed the district’s academic standards. High school credit may be denied for a postsecondary course substantially similar to a course offered by the district unless the qualified student’s enrollment in the postsecondary course is approved due to reasons deemed legitimate by the district.
Concurrent enrollment is not available for summer school.
Agreement with institution of higher education
When a qualified student seeks to enroll in postsecondary courses at an institution of higher education and to receive high school credit for such courses, the District and the participating institution shall enter into a written cooperative agreement in accordance with the Act.
Payment of tuition
The district shall pay the tuition for up to 60 credit hours of postsecondary courses successfully completed by a qualified student and for which the qualified student receives high school credit. A qualified student may enroll in no more than 15 credit hours of postsecondary courses per academic term, unless prior authorization has been obtained from the school principal or designee.
The tuition paid by the district for the qualified student’s successful completion of an approved postsecondary course shall be in accordance with the Act and the district’s cooperative agreement with the institution of higher education. The institution of higher education may charge additional tuition and/or associated fees to the qualified student or the student’s parent/guardian in addition to the tuition paid by the district.
Prior to paying the tuition for any qualified student, the District shall require the student and student’s parent/guardian to sign an agreement stating if the student fails (with a final grade of D or F) or otherwise does not complete the postsecondary course for any reason without consent of the principal of the high school in which the student is enrolled., the student and/or the student’s parent/guardian shall repay the amount of tuition paid by the District on the student’s behalf.
The District shall not provide or pay for the qualified student’s transportation to the institution of higher education.
Information about concurrent enrollment options shall be made available to high school students and their parents/guardians on an annual basis.
The District shall not be responsible for the costs of room and board, fees, books, or equipment.
- Adopted: November 7, 1991
- Revised to conform with practice: date of manual revision
- Revised: August 4, 1994
- Revised: August 10, 2000
- Revised: January 8, 2004
- Revised: May 13, 2010
- Revised: October 9, 2014
- Revised: October 12, 2017
- C.R.S. 22-32-109 (1)(nn) (discussion of the requirements for and benefits of concurrent enrollment must be part of ICAP process)
- C.R.S. 22-35-101 et seq.(concurrent enrollment programs act)
- 1 CCR 301-86 (State Board of Education rules regarding the Administration of the Concurrent Enrollment Program)
- IHBK, Preparation for Postsecondary and Workforce Success
- IHCDA-R Concurrent Enrollment
- IHCDA-R-2 ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment)
- IKCA Weighted Grading
- IJNDAB, Instruction through Online Courses
- IKF, Graduation Requirements
- JFC, Student Withdrawal from School/Dropouts