In May 2009, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 09-1319 and Senate Bill 09-285, the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act. The collective intent is to broaden access to and improve the quality of concurrent enrollment programs, improve coordination between institutions of secondary education and institutions of higher education and ensure financial transparency and accountability. Beyond coordinating and clarifying the existing concurrent enrollment programs, the bill also creates the “5th year” ASCENT program for students retained by the high school for instruction beyond the senior year. For questions about Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT, please contact Michelle Camacho Liu at 303-866-6596 or email@example.com.
*ASCENT Requests and Allocation Update*
Districts now have until February 1st, 2014 to submit a request for the number of ASCENT participants for the 2014/15 school year. This is a change from the September 1st deadline, which was updated during the most recent legislative session. An updated request form will be sent out closer to this date. The Department no longer requires that districts submit individual student information as part of this request. Districts will then have until May 1st to submit an official affidavit with final ASCENT participant numbers for the 2014/15 school year. After June 1st, districts will receive notification of the number of ASCENT slots that have been allocated to their district.
New Allocation Model
The Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board developed a system to allocate ASCENT slots to districts fairly in the case that the number of qualified students exceeds the number of funded slots:
- Currently participating districts will receive a minimum number of ASCENT slots equal to those utilized by students during the current school year
- New districts will receive up to 10 slots for the first year or the number requested if less than 10
- If additional spaces are available, half the remaining slots will be distributed via the districts free and reduced lunch (FRL) rate as a proration
- The other half of remaining slots will be proportionally distributed based on district size, to districts that did not receive spaces under the FRL distribution
- Unused spaces may be returned to the general pool and reallocated to districts, based on appeal
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