Part 1. Purpose: In accordance with Minn. Stat. §124D.09 and Minnesota State Policy 3.5, this procedure governs the implementation of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program.
Part 2. Admissions Requirements for PSEO Students.
Subpart A. Eligibility Standards. PSEO participation shall be available to juniors and seniors enrolled through a Minnesota high school, home school, or alternative learning center who present evidence of the ability to perform college-level work. Such evidence includes the following:
- Seniors, class rank in the upper one-half of their class, or score at or above the 50th percentile on a Minnesota State recognized nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (ACT, SAT, Aspire, or PSAT), or cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) or better
- Juniors, class rank in the upper one-third of their class, or score at or above the 70th percentile on a Minnesota State recognized nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (ACT, SAT, Aspire, or PSAT), or cumulative GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or better
- Home schooled students: Seniors must score at or above the 50th on a Minnesota State recognized nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (ACT, SAT, Aspire, or PSAT). Juniors must score at or above the 70th percentile on a Minnesota State recognized nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (ACT, SAT, Aspire, or PSAT). Sophomore-level home schooled students are not eligible for PSEO.
- Students who are in the 11th or 12th grade who are applying for Technical coursework will be required to demonstrate that they have the ability to successfully complete college coursework at a C level or higher. The following criteria may be reviewed before an admission decision is determined – recommendations from a high school contact person, coursework taken in high school, GPA, class rank, New Student Assessment Testing and Minnesota State recognized nationally standardized, norm-referenced test results. A student who seeks to change their declared major must meet stated PSEO criteria at the time the request is made.
Subpart B. Eligibility Review Process. Evidence presented by students seeking to participate in the PSEO program will be reviewed as part of the admission process. This process shall address each of the criteria in Part 2 Subpart A of this procedure and shall include faculty participation as appropriate. Students must have successfully completed all PSEO admissions requirements to South Central College.
Subpart C. Career and Technical Education. Notwithstanding the eligibility standards established in Part 2, Subpart A of this procedure, a student who is in 10th grade and has attained a passing score of 850 on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading and meets any other course prerequisites or course enrollment standards established by the college, including but not limited to assessment test scores, program admission, or other requirements, may enroll in a career or technical education course. Sophomore students are limited to courses outside the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and approved by the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. If the student receives a grade of C or better in the course, the student shall be allowed to take additional career or technical education courses in subsequent terms.
A career or technical course is a course that is part of a career and technical education program that provides individuals with coherent, rigorous content aligned with academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current and emerging professions and provides technical skill proficiency, an industry recognized credential, and a certificate, diploma, or an associate degree.
A student who first enrolls under this provision while in 10th grade and wishes to enroll in general education courses as an 11th or 12th grade student must take the system Assessment for Course Placement and achieve the required scores prior to enrollment.
Students admitted under this provision may be required to attend counseling or advising sessions at the discretion of the college.
Part 3. PSEO Admission Appeal. An applicant who is denied acceptance into the PSEO program has the right to appeal the decision to the college. The appeal process requires:
- Student must submit a PSEO Admission Appeal Form
- Student must submit a letter of appeal
- Student must submit a letter of support from a school contact person
A student cannot appeal if denied based on an incomplete application by the deadline date.
Appeal must be received within 10 working days after notification of denial is received by the student.
Part 4. PSEO Student Support, Enrollment, and Performance.
Subpart A. Student Support. PSEO students will be provided information that:
- describes available academic and student support services and
- outlines student responsibilities, including their responsibility to communicate with their high school about their academic performance in courses offered through PSEO.
Subpart B. Student Enrollment. Students choosing to enroll in PSEO courses, including PSEO concurrent enrollment courses, shall meet the requirements of Board Policy 3.3 and System Procedure 3.3.1, Assessment for Course Placement, before enrolling. PSEO students must meet age specific requirements for each course. Students are not eligible to take courses that involve travel out of the school area (e.g. trips to Colorado, Africa, Germany).
Subpart C. Student Performance and Program Effectiveness. South Central College will collect data about the performance of each student enrolled in courses through PSEO for use in monitoring student progress and measuring PSEO program effectiveness. This data shall be reported to the system office.
Part 5. PSEO Offered through Concurrent Enrollment Courses.
Subpart A. Definition. As defined in Policy 3.5, a PSEO concurrent enrollment course is a course made available through the PSEO program, offered through a high school, and taught by a high school teacher. As specified in Minn. Stat. §124D.09, concurrent enrollment courses enroll only high school students who may earn both high school and college credit for satisfactorily completed courses.
Subpart B. PSEO Concurrent Enrollment Courses. PSEO concurrent enrollment courses shall be college-level courses approved through the curriculum process, shall meet institutional standards required for accreditation, and shall follow the college approved course outline.
Subpart C. Concurrent Enrollment Agreements. An agreement must be completed to offer one or more concurrent enrollment courses, signed by the appropriate representative of each party which includes the college and the high school district. This agreement shall address at a minimum:
- qualifications and responsibilities of high school instructors as defined in Subparts E and F of this procedure, including documentation of high school teacher qualifications;
- college support to be provided to the instructor as defined in Subpart D of this procedure;
- other resources, such as laboratory space and course materials, needed to support quality concurrent enrollment teaching and learning;
- compliance with student participation requirements as specified in Part 2 and Part 5, Subpart H of this procedure;
- financial arrangements for offering the course(s); and
- duration of the agreement and frequency of its review, which shall be at least annually.
The form of the agreement between a district and a college and the financial arrangements for delivering concurrent enrollment courses shall be in conformance with system-determined practices for concurrent enrollment agreements that exist at the time the agreement is signed.
Subpart D. PSEO Concurrent Enrollment Instructor Support. For each high school teacher approved to provide PSEO instruction as a concurrent enrollment instructor, the college or university shall:
- provide a college faculty member who shall communicate regularly with the concurrent enrollment instructor and monitor assignments, exams, projects, student academic achievement, and instructional effectiveness to ensure that the course meets the learning outcomes contained in the course outline approved by the college and that students are held to college-level standards; and
- provide each concurrent enrollment instructor with a required orientation to the concurrent enrollment program and on-going opportunities to participate in appropriate campus-based and/or program-specific faculty development activities.
Subpart E. PSEO Concurrent Enrollment Instructor Designation. Designation of a high school teacher to be a concurrent enrollment instructor requires:
- completion of an application by the high school teacher;
- approval by the teacher's principal as part of the application; and
- approval by the college after consultation with faculty in the relevant discipline, consistent with Subpart F of this procedure.
Participation in a concurrent enrollment program by a high school teacher shall require compliance with all expectations for communicating with the college faculty member and participation in any required orientation and professional development activities, as outlined in the concurrent enrollment agreement and as described in Subparts C and D of this procedure.
Subpart F. PSEO Concurrent Enrollment Instructor Qualifications. The minimum qualifications for concurrent enrollment instructors shall meet the system established credential fields and minimum qualifications for faculty are designated in Board Policy 3.32 and System Procedure 3.32.1 College Faculty Credentialing.
Subpart G. Students in PSEO Concurrent Enrollment Courses. PSEO concurrent enrollment courses shall not simultaneously enroll PSEO and non-PSEO high school students except as provided in Subpart H of this procedure.
Subpart H. PSEO Concurrent Enrollment Exceptions. A high school that wishes to have a college offer a PSEO concurrent enrollment course to its students, but cannot generate sufficient enrollment to offer that course only to 11th and 12th grade students who meet the PSEO eligibility requirements of Part 2, Subpart A may:
- request approval for an exception from the president of the college to allow 9th or 10th grade students who rank in the upper one-tenth of their class or attain a score at or above the 90th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test, or have a favorable recommendation from a designated high school official to enroll in that course; or
- request approval for an exception from the president of the college to allow non-PSEO students to enroll in that course. The president of the college shall approve or deny the request after the appropriate college consultation process. In any concurrent enrollment course that enrolls both PSEO and non-PSEO students:
- PSEO students shall be the majority of the students in the course; and
- the concurrent enrollment instructor and college faculty member shall ensure that all PSEO students are held to college-level course standards.
An annual report of all concurrent enrollment exceptions granted by a college shall be provided to the system office and shall include information about efforts made to reduce the number of exceptions approved.
Part 6. PSEO Student Performance Requirements. To continue enrollment in the PSEO program a student must:
- Adhere to Satisfactory Academic Progress policy
- Complete the Postsecondary Enrollment Options form each semester; this form needs to be signed by a secondary school representative
- Comply with SCC’s policies in the SCC e-catalog
- Tuition, textbooks, and fees are covered by the PSEO program. The student is responsible for any other costs incurred at the college (library fees, transportation and supply/classroom fees not covered in tuition costs)
- Student is financially responsible for supplies, tools, clothing and any consumable supplies
- Student is financially responsible for any books not returned by the end of the business day at the end of South Central College’s finals. The student will be charged at a used price of the textbook for any books that are not returned on time and in the same condition as when they are picked up. Any CD’s or supplemental materials must be returned with the book
- Students may take a course that has an additional fee up to $100 per credit
Date & Subject of Revisions: December 16, 2016