as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 01/25/2021 03:57pm
A bill for an act
relating to education; modifying postsecondary enrollment provisions; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 124D.09, subdivisions 9, 11, 12.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 124D.09, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
(a) A postsecondary institution must give priority to its
postsecondary students when enrolling pupils in grades 10, 11, and 12 in its courses. A
postsecondary institution may provide information about its programs to deleted text beginadeleted text end secondary deleted text beginschool
or to a pupil or parent and it may advertise or otherwise recruit or solicit a secondary pupil
to enroll in its programs on educational and programmatic grounds only except,
notwithstanding other law to the contrary, and for the 2014-2015 through 2019-2020 school
years only, an eligible postsecondary institution may advertise or otherwise recruit or solicit
a secondary pupil residing in a school district with 700 students or more in grades 10, 11,
and 12, to enroll in its programs on educational, programmatic, or financial groundsdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end.
(b) An institution must not enroll secondary pupils, for postsecondary enrollment options
purposes, in remedial, developmental, or other courses that are not college level except
when a student eligible to participate and enrolled in the graduation incentives program
under section 124D.68 enrolls full time in a middle or early college program. A middle or
early college program must be specifically designed to allow the student to earn dual high
school and college credit with a well-defined pathway to allow the student to earn a
postsecondary degree or credential. In this case, the student must receive developmental
college credit and not college credit for completing remedial or developmental courses.
(c) Once a pupil has been enrolled in any postsecondary course under this section, the
pupil must not be displaced by another student.
(d) If a postsecondary institution enrolls a secondary school pupil in a course under this
section, the postsecondary institution also must enroll in the same course an otherwise
enrolled and qualified postsecondary student who qualifies as a veteran under section
197.447, and demonstrates to the postsecondary institution's satisfaction that the institution's
established enrollment timelines were not practicable for that student.
(e) A postsecondary institution must allow secondary pupils to enroll in online courses
under this section consistent with the institution's policy regarding postsecondary pupil
enrollment in online courses.
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 124D.09, subdivision 11, is amended to read:
Enrolling in a course under this section
shall not, by itself, prohibit a pupil from new text beginnew text endparticipating in
activitiesnew text beginnew text end sponsored by the pupil's high school.
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 124D.09, subdivision 12, is amended to read:
(a) A pupil must not audit
a course under this section.
(b) A district shall grant academic credit to a pupil enrolled in a course for secondary
credit if the pupil successfully completes the course. Seven quarter or four semester college
credits equal at least one full year of high school credit. Fewer college credits may be
prorated. A district must also grant academic credit to a pupil enrolled in a course for
postsecondary credit if secondary credit is requested by a pupil. If no comparable course is
offered by the district, the district must, as soon as possible, notify the commissioner, who
shall determine the number of credits that shall be granted to a pupil who successfully
completes a course. If a comparable course is offered by the district, the school board shall
grant a comparable number of credits to the pupil. If there is a dispute between the district
and the pupil regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the pupil may
appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding
the number of credits shall be final.
(c) A school board must adopt a policy regarding weighted grade point averages for any
high school or dual enrollment course. The policy must state whether the district offers
weighted grades.new text beginnew text end A school board must annually publish
on its website a list of courses for which a student may earn a weighted grade.
(d) The secondary credits granted to a pupil must be counted toward the graduation
requirements and subject area requirements of the district. Evidence of successful completion
of each course and secondary credits granted must be included in the pupil's secondary
school record. A pupil shall provide the school with a copy of the pupil's grade in each
course taken for secondary credit under this section. Upon the request of a pupil, the pupil's
secondary school record must also include evidence of successful completion and credits
granted for a course taken for postsecondary credit. In either case, the record must indicate
that the credits were earned at a postsecondary institution.
(e) If a pupil enrolls in a postsecondary institution after leaving secondary school, the
postsecondary institution must award postsecondary credit for any course successfully
completed for secondary credit at that institution. Other postsecondary institutions may
award, after a pupil leaves secondary school, postsecondary credit for any courses
successfully completed under this section. An institution may not charge a pupil for the
award of credit.
(f) The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the
Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota must, and private nonprofit and proprietary
postsecondary institutions should, award postsecondary credit for any successfully completed
courses in a program certified by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
offered according to an agreement under subdivision 10. Consistent with section 135A.101,
subdivision 3, all MnSCU institutions must give full credit to a secondary pupil who
completes for postsecondary credit a postsecondary course or program that is part or all of
a goal area or a transfer curriculum at a MnSCU institution when the pupil enrolls in a
MnSCU institution after leaving secondary school. Once one MnSCU institution certifies
as completed a secondary student's postsecondary course or program that is part or all of a
goal area or a transfer curriculum, every MnSCU institution must consider the student's
course or program for that goal area or the transfer curriculum as completed.