ASCENT stands for Accelerating Students through Concurrent ENrollmenT. Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours of postsecondary course prior to completion of his/her 12th grade year may be eligible for the ASCENT Program. They remain students in their Local Education Provider (LEP) for one year following their 12th grade year, and the LEP receives ASCENT specific per-pupil state funding that it uses to pay their college tuition at the resident community college rate. Students receive their high-school diplomas at the end of their ASCENT year. [C.R.S. § 22-35-108]
In order for your district or charter school to participate in ASCENT for the 2014-15 academic year, please provide an initial number of ASCENT slots by February 1st, 2014.
ASCENT Requests and Allocation
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. Districts will then have until May 1st to submit an official affidavit with final ASCENT participant numbers for the 2014/15 school year, along with a list of participating students. 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