WSR 03-18-002

PROPOSED RULES

STATE BOARD FOR

COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES

[ Filed August 20, 2003, 3:37 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-14-123.

Title of Rule: Student progress toward degrees and certificates.

Purpose: Develop policies and procedures related to student progress toward degrees and certificates.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 28B.50 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: Section 603, chapter 371, Laws of 2002.

Summary: See Purpose above.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: During the 2003 legislative session the legislature passed a bill that requires community and technical colleges to adopt policies and procedures to expedite students' progress toward their program goals.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Tom Woodnutt, 319 7th Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 704-4306; Implementation and Enforcement: Sandy Wall, 319 7th Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 704-4312.

Name of Proponent: State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The 2003 legislature passed a bill requiring community and technical colleges to adopt policies and procedures to expedite students' progress toward their program goals. Policies and procedures should address students who accumulate more than 125% of the number of credits required to complete an associate degree or certificate; students who have a pattern of dropping more than 25% of their course load; and students who remain on academic probation for more than one quarter. Colleges will report to the state board on the policies and procedures that they approve.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225, on October 23, 2003, at 10 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact DelRae Oderman by October 16, 2003, fax (360) 586-6440.

Submit Written Comments to: Sandy Wall, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, P.O. Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504-2495, fax (360) 586-6440, by October 16, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 23, 2003.

August 18, 2003

DelRae Oderman

Executive Assistant

Agency Rules Coordinator

OTS-6533.1


NEW SECTION
WAC 131-12-080   Student progress toward degrees and certificates.   In the 2003 legislative session the legislature passed a bill that requires community and technical colleges to adopt policies and procedures to expedite students' progress toward their program goals. The intent of the legislation is to encourage students enrolled in degree or certificate programs to complete their programs with limited additional credits. The policies and procedures should address:

(1) Students who accumulate more than one hundred twenty-five percent of the number of credits required to complete an associate degree or certificate;

(2) Students who have a pattern of dropping more than twenty-five percent of their course load; and

(3) Students who remain on academic probation for more than one quarter.

Colleges will report to the state board for community and technical colleges the policies and procedures that they approve.

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