Whereas, California Education Code (§48800 and §76001) permits colleges to allow high school students to enroll in college courses where the course is offered at the college or at the high school and where either only college credit is earned or both college and high school credit are earned, and in all cases apportionment is only collected by one, either the high school or the college;
Whereas, Common terminology has typically coined the terms “dual enrollment” and “concurrent enrollment” to mean specific variants of these options, but these terms are often used interchangeably along with the term “special admission students,” which is the regulatory term provided in Education Code;
Whereas, Historically these provisions have in many cases not been applied appropriately, which has led to many nuanced restrictions that add to the confusion regarding what practices are allowed and what requirements must be met; and
Whereas, The establishment and implementation of courses and pathways intended for students currently enrolled in high school is an academic and professional matter that falls under faculty purview, and therefore such courses and pathways must be developed and approved through normal curriculum and academic planning processes;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges compile and communicate guidance which identifies pertinent regulations and effective practices and clarifies terminology regarding the enrollment of high school students in college courses and publish this guidance by the end of Fall 2015.
The Dual Enrollment Toolkit published in Fall 2016 addresses this resolution and provides information regarding all areas of dual enrollment.