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      RS 17:2922.1     

  

§2922.1. Dual Enrollment Framework Task Force; creation; purpose; membership; definitions; reporting; termination

            A. The Dual Enrollment Framework Task Force is hereby created under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents for the purpose of making recommendations for the establishment of a statewide dual enrollment framework designed to provide universal access to dual enrollment courses to all qualified public high school juniors and seniors.

            B.(1) The task force shall be composed of twelve members as follows:

            (a) The governor or his designee.

            (b) The commissioner of higher education or his designee.

            (c) The state superintendent of education or his designee.

            (d) The president of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education or his designee.

            (e) The executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association or his designee.

            (f) The executive director of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents or his designee.

            (g) The executive director of the Louisiana Association of Principals or his designee.

            (h) The president of the Louisiana School Counselor Association or his designee.

            (i) The chairman of the College and Career Readiness Commission or his designee.

            (j) The president of Council for a Better Louisiana or his designee.

            (k) The executive director of Stand for Children Louisiana or his designee.

            (l) The executive director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools or his designee.

            (2) Members shall serve without compensation, except for per diem or expenses to which they may be entitled as members of the constituent organizations.

            (3) A majority of the total membership shall constitute a quorum of the task force, and any official action taken by the task force shall require an affirmative vote of the majority of the quorum present and voting.

            (4) The commissioner of higher education shall call an organizational meeting of the task force by August 1, 2019. The task force shall elect a chairman, and any other officers deemed necessary, from among the membership.

            (5) The Board of Regents shall provide staff support to the task force.

            C. "Dual enrollment" means the enrollment of a high school student in a postsecondary course for which both postsecondary and high school credit may be earned.

            (1) Dual enrollment shall include any course which provides credit:

            (a) Toward a high school diploma and a public postsecondary education academic undergraduate degree.

            (b) Toward a high school diploma aligned to a career major as provided in R.S. 17:183.1 et seq. and a public postsecondary education credential in a high-demand field.

            (2) Dual enrollment shall not include any course which provides:

            (a) Credit only as a high school transition course or a remedial postsecondary education course.

            (b) Partial credit for a corequisite, modular, or scalable postsecondary education course.

            D. In developing recommendations for the framework, the task force shall:

            (1) Review existing laws, policies, and efforts in Louisiana and other states on dual enrollment, course choice, student remediation, articulation and transfer, and transition courses.

            (2) Consider any dual enrollment recommendations from the College and Career Readiness Commission.

            (3) Seek to coordinate all dual enrollment efforts of the Board of Regents, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the state Department of Education, public postsecondary education management boards and institutions, and the governing authority of each public high school.

            E. In making recommendations, the task force may identify:

            (1) Strategic funding needs.

            (2) Funding sources.

            (3) Course content requirements.

            (4) Instructor and student qualifications.

            (5) A process to:

            (a) Guarantee that dual enrollment courses articulate to the appropriate public postsecondary education institution.

            (b) Require that dual enrollment courses and course grades are recorded on a student's permanent high school and postsecondary academic transcripts.

            (c) Routinely evaluate the effectiveness of the statewide dual enrollment framework and dual enrollment courses.

            (d) Recognize and reward schools, through the state's school and district accountability system, that graduate students who have earned significant credit toward a postsecondary credential or degree.

            (e) Recognize and reward each postsecondary education institution, within the postsecondary education funding formula, that shows significant use of dual enrollment to further its institutional mission.

            (f)(i) Establish a uniform pricing structure which may include a maximum tuition for dual enrollment courses offered by each public postsecondary education institution and which may differentiate between courses taught on a postsecondary campus, online, or at a high school, and may differentiate by the qualifications of the instructor.

            (ii) Notwithstanding Item (i) of this Subparagraph, the recommended pricing structure shall not prevent a public postsecondary education institution and a public high school governing authority from entering into a memorandum of understanding or other agreement to provide dual enrollment courses free of charge or an amount less than that established by the pricing structure.

            F. The Board of Regents shall submit a written report of task force findings and recommendations to the Senate Committee on Education and the House Committee on Education by October 1, 2020.

            G. The task force shall terminate on June 30, 2021.

            Acts 2019, No. 128, §1, eff. June 6, 2019.



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