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H.760

Introduced by Representatives Gilbert of Fairfax, Allard of St. Albans Town, Anderson of Montpelier, Atkins of Winooski, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Branagan of Georgia, Clark of Vergennes, Clerkin of Hartford, Consejo of Sheldon, Errecart of Shelburne, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Godin of Milton, Howrigan of Fairfield, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, LaVoie of Swanton, Lenes of Shelburne, McAllister of Highgate, McDonald of Berlin, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Wheeler of Derby and Zenie of Colchester

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; courses of study; advanced placement courses; postsecondary institutions

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require that Vermont postsecondary institutions receiving appropriations from the state adopt policies granting postsecondary academic credit to all enrolled students who have successfully completed an advanced placement course at a Vermont secondary school and received a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the examination; a course through a dual enrollment program; or an on-line or correspondence course through an accredited college or university.  Postsecondary institutions, however, shall have flexibility in awarding credit if the course is a required course in the student’s declared major field of concentration.  This bill also permits postsecondary institutions to grant academic credit for relevant life experience.

AN ACT RELATING TO GRANTING POSTSECONDARY CREDIT FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES, DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES, AND POSTSECONDARY COURSES COMPLETED THROUGH AN ON‑LINE OR CORRESPONDENCE COURSE offered by AN ACCREDITED POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:


Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 16 is added to read:

§ 16.  ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES; DUAL ENROLLMENT

          AND OTHER POSTSECONDARY COURSES; POSTSECONDARY

          CREDIT

(a)  Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, each Vermont postsecondary institution that receives general fund or capital appropriations from the state shall adopt and implement one or more policies by which the institution grants postsecondary academic credit to all enrolled students for the successful completion of:

(1)  An advanced placement course at a Vermont secondary school and a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the advanced placement examination.

(2)  A postsecondary-level course in a dual enrollment program.

(3)  A postsecondary-level course offered on-line or by correspondence with an accredited college or university.

(b)  If a course for which academic credit must be awarded under subsection (a) of this section is a required course within the student’s declared major field of concentration at the postsecondary institution, the institution may choose instead to adopt a policy:

(1)  To award no academic credit for the completed course and require the student to enroll in the required course; or

(2)  To award no academic credit for the completed course, exempt the student from enrolling in the required course, and permit the student to enroll in a more advanced course in the same subject area; or

(3)  To award academic credit for the completed course but require the student to enroll in the required course. 

(c)  A postsecondary institution may, at its discretion, award academic credit for relevant life experience.

Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE

Policies required under this act shall be effective at the postsecondary institutions beginning in the 2009–2010 academic year.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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