Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to Dual Enrollment Regulations

The public comment period is open until April 20

The Dual Enrollment Regulations govern the statewide dual enrollment policy that allows students to enroll in public postsecondary education courses to satisfy high school requirements and earn credits at a public postsecondary institution.  

 

There are three notable areas of change in the proposed amendment. The amendment changes the amount that a local education agency can be required to pay for these courses -- it caps the amount at 50% of the core instruction per-pupil rate as determined by the Rhode Island Department of Education, assuming that number is not greater than the actual tuition costs. The regulation also includes parameters for allocation of funds in instances where there is a dedicated funding stream for dual enrollment courses. Finally, the regulation outlines the standards for program quality and provides for the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner to work together to ensure the quality of these courses.

 

The proposed revisions to the Dual Enrollment Regulations can be viewed here.

 

COMMENTS INVITED:

All interested parties are invited to submit written or oral comments concerning the proposed regulations by April 20, 2018 to the addresses listed below.

 

ADDRESSES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT SUBMISSIONS:

Mailing Address: 255 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 - c/o Angela Teixeira 

Email Address: angela.teixeira@ride.ri.gov

Email Address: kimberly.bright@riopc.edu

 

WHERE COMMENTS MAY BE INSPECTED:

Mailing Address: Rhode Island Department of Education, ATTN: Angela Teixeira, 255 Westminster Street Providence, RI 02903

 

PUBLIC HEARING INFORMATION:

 

Hearing Location Date and Time: April 2, 2018 - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

Hearing Location Address: RIDE - Room 501 - 255 Westminster Street, Providence RI 02903

 

Hearing Location Date and Time: April 4, 2018 - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Hearing Location Address: Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC) – McKenna Conference Room – 560 Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 100, Warwick, RI 02886

 

The place of the public hearings is accessible to individuals who are disabled. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captioners) is needed, or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation, please call 401-222-8700 or RI Relay 711 at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made to provide such assistance at no cost to the person requesting.

 

FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

ATTN: Angela Teixeira, Executive Assistant, Rhode Island Department of Education

255 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 - 401-222-8700 - angela.teixeira@ride.ri.gov

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Analysis Summary and Supporting Documentation:

The benefits of this regulation to allow students to obtain college credit while in high school, as well as to take advanced courses outweigh the costs. This regulation contains cost controls. For full regulatory analysis or supporting documentation see agency contact person above.

Authority for This Rulemaking: State Statute to R.I. Gen. Laws §16-100-3

In the development of the proposed amendment consideration was given to: (1) alternative approaches; (2) overlap or duplication with other statutory and regulatory provisions; and (3) significant economic impact on small business. No alternative approach, duplication, or overlap was identified based upon available information.