RS– % by Free/Reduced-Price Lunch Eligibility (2010–2012)
Additional Findings More than 1,589 students completed an associate degree or certificate at the same time as they graduated from high school in Over 1/2 of Running Start students (10,806) took at least one online course in 2012–13. A typical Running Start student takes a little more than 11 credits in a quarter. 57 percent of Running Start students enrolled full-time in Fall 15 percent of Running Start students receive waivers from the colleges from fees, indicating low income.
Current Policies & Forms Review
OSPI Bulletin # Reporting Home-Based and Private School Students in CEDARS
OSPI Bulletin # Running Start Programs in the High School Setting
Running Start in High School Settings Bulletin # dated 6/5/2014 – Running Start Programs in the High School Setting The purpose of this bulletin are to clarify the essential elements for colleges offering Running Start classes in the high school setting, the method of calculating a student’s full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment, the process for claiming the enrollment for state apportionment, and the distribution of funds generated between the school district and college. Link to Bulletin #028-14: 14.pdfM pdfM044-11
Recap of Bulletin # The intent: Running Start in the high school setting follows the Running Start rules. Allowance for Running Start in the high school setting classes.
Resulting Changes RS in high school setting must follow high school schedule. RS in high school classes are counted for September. RS FTE formula changes for all RS classes – regardless of class location. (# of enrolled credits ÷ 15) X (3 ÷ # of months class is offered)
Examples of RS FTE Formula A 5-credit class offered over a high school semester that begins in September and ends late January and counted for 5 months would be 0.20 FTE or [(5÷15)x(3÷5)]. A 5-credit class offered over a school year and counted for 10 months would be 0.10 FTE or [(5÷15)x(3÷10)]. A 5-credit class offered over a college quarter and counted for 3 months would be 0.33 FTE or [(5÷15)x(3÷3)].
OSPI Bulletin # Running Start Updates on 1.2 FTE Limitation Being revised this summer
The Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF) Revised June, 2014 Must be completed for each RS student (including home school and private school students) for each college term. Students enrolling in multiple colleges must have a RSEVF for each college.
RSEVF 2 nd page Includes instruction on completing and information on understanding the form.
Spring Quarter Eligibility Adjustment Form (SQEAF) This form will be updated and included as an attachment to the Bulletin addressing RS 1.20 FTE Limitation. Form has an embedded Excel spreadsheet. Double click FTE section and enter the student’s HS FTE for the entire school year and the college’s FTE for through March. Updates will include the new RS formula and allowance for students enrolled in multiple colleges.
SBCTC One Credit Tuition Waiver SBCTC: Resolution Authorizes a one-credit tuition waiver for Running Start students taking exactly 0.6 FTE at the high school and 10 credits at the college
SBCTC Low Income Tuition Waiver SBCTC: Resolution Approved a Running Start tuition waiver for low income students that exceed a combined high school and college enrollment of 1.2 FTE
Low Income Fee Waiver RCW 28A Requires colleges to waive mandatory college and/or student voted fees for eligible low-income Running Start students.
Who establishes 12+ eligibility for home-based students? The school district. The decision should be based upon a determination of specific, remaining graduation requirements for the student to earn a diploma through the district establishing eligibility.
Disproportionality Special thanks to Rep. Tina Orwalls’ interns, Sophia Sidhu, and Mijae Jung for their research and advocacy for those who have not been served equitably by our efforts to date.
RS– percentage by Student Gender (2010–2013) YearFemaleMale
RS– percentage by Student Ethnicity (2010–2013) Year American Indian1.5.7 Asian Black Hispanic White Pacific Islander0.3 Multi-racial Student Ethnicity Distribution K-12 American Indian – 1.6%White – 59.1% Asian – 7.1%Pacific Islander – 8.1% Black – 4.6%Multi-racial – 6.3% Hispanic – 20.4%
Running Start and College Running Start students are less ethnically diverse than community and technical college students in general.
Comparison with Other Dual Credit Programs When contrasted with the other eight comparable dual-credit programs, Running Start ranks: 2 nd to last in both the percentage of African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino student enrollment. 3 rd to last in Asian/Pacific Islander student enrollment 4 th to last in the percentage of American Indian student enrollment 1 st in the largest enrollment of White students out of all the dual degree programs. When contrasted with other six comparable dual- credit programs, Running Start ranks 2 nd in highest percentage of enrolled low-income students
Importance Why it’s important Access to higher education Better jobs, incorporation into the workforce Less reliance on state welfare programs Why now? Funding for higher education is depleting Access to college education threatened for low-income students of color Imperative to act now so that pathways to a college education are effective and inclusive for all.
What are the barriers? According to Counselors, Running Start Coordinators, and School Administrators… (Responses from 71 school admins)
What are the barriers (con’t.)? According to students… (Responses from 45 students) Lack of information from high school administration Transportation Running Start is not advertised or discussed Cost “Teachers/counselors make it seem like it’s only for smart kids.” - Student
Suggestions What can School Administrators, School Counselors, teachers, and Policymakers do to reduce barriers faced by low-income students/students of color?
Educator Suggestions According to Counselors, Running Start Coordinators, and School Administrators… Reduce cost (fees in particular) Not losing FTE funding to colleges Outreach to minority groups Have mentors, advisors, buddy system Early intervention Change culture among School Administrators
Student Suggestions More information and clarification from School Administrators Peer support Transportation/Cost Outreach “Advertise and explain that it is free.”- student
Running Start WAC Revision
Running Start WAC Revision Process RCW 28A Running start program — Rules. The superintendent of public instruction, the state board for community and technical colleges, and the student achievement council shall jointly develop and adopt rules governing RCW 28A through 28A , if rules are necessary. The rules shall be written to encourage the maximum use of the program and shall not narrow or limit the enrollment options under RCW 28A through 28A A A A A [2012 c 229 § 506; 1994 c 205 § 10; st ex.s. c 9 § 410.]
Running Start WAC Revisions for School Year WAC and -023 revised to allow a high school instructor to provide the RS instruction. WAC revised to address the change in RS FTE calculation and the college FTE limitation for student’s enrolled in multiple college programs. WAC revised to address RS in high school setting AAFTE is the average of ten months. WAC revised to address an 11 th and 12 th grader’s enrollment when taking RS in the high school setting. WAC revised to address RS in high school setting must have a September count.
Future Running Start WAC Revision Process Your voice is important! We will utilize the Running Start listserv to: Ask for your concerns and recommendations. Share the progress of the revision process and seek your ongoing feedback. What might be some other ways we can insure that this process is successful?
Resources OSPI Running Start Web Page eadiness/RunningStart.aspx SBCTC Running Start Web Page
Questions & Answers
Contacts Becky McLean – OSPI, Supervisor – Mike Hubert – OSPI, Director – Scott Copeland – SBCTC, Policy Associate – Noreen Light – WSAC, Associate Director – Jim West – WSAC, Associate Director