WSR 03-15-021




[ Filed July 8, 2003, 2:17 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-09-043.

Title of Rule: Tuition charges for certain ungraded courses.

Purpose: Rules need to be revised in the area of tuition charges for certain ungraded courses (parent education) as a result of changes in tuition structure.

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: Rules need to be revised as a result of changes in tuition structure.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Rebecca Rhodes, 319 7th Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 704-4340; Implementation and Enforcement: Jan Yoshiwara, 319 7th Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 704-4353.

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 existing WAC was based upon the former community college tuition structure in which there were no additional tuition charges between the 10th and 18th credit hours. In its current form, WAC 131-28-026 is inconsistent with the new tuition structure adopted beginning fiscal year 2003.

In order to treat all students in the same manner, this modification establishes that students who attend a parent education course for credit hours between eleven and eighteen will pay the same per credit hour as other parent education students.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Students who attend a parent education course for credit hours between eleven and eighteen will pay the same per credit hour as other parent education students.

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

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Skagit Valley College, Whidbey Campus, 1900 S.E. Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, on September 9, 2003, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact DelRae Oderman by September 2, 2003, fax (360) 586-6440.

Submit Written Comments to: Jan Yoshiwara, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, P.O. Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504-2495, fax (360) 586-0050, by September 2, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 9, 2003.

July 2, 2003

DelRae Oderman

Executive Assistant

Rules Coordinator


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-22-062, filed 11/2/98, effective 12/3/98)

WAC 131-28-026   Tuition charges for certain ungraded courses.   (1) The state board shall designate ungraded courses. These courses may be offered at tuition rates that differ from the standard rates set by WAC 131-28-025.

(2) Ungraded courses shall meet the following qualifications:

(a) The primary intent of offering the course is other than providing academic credit applicable to an associate or higher degree.

(b) The course has a specialized purpose in that it is intended to meet the unique educational needs of a specific category or group of students.

(c) The course is offered for the purpose of providing the individual student with a discrete skill or basic body of knowledge other than that intended to lead to initial employment.

(d) The course cannot be administered as a contract course pursuant to WAC 131-28-027, 131-32-010, or 131-32-020.

(e) The course is not offered primarily as an integral part of any lower-division curriculum or program.

(f) The course is not one specifically or primarily intended to satisfy requirements for receiving a high school diploma.

(3) Colleges may establish the amount of waiver for the following ungraded courses:

(a) Farm management and small business management;

(b) Emergency medical technician and paramedic continuing education;

(c) Retirement;

(d) Industrial first aid offered to satisfy WISHA and approved by the department of labor and industries;

(e) Journeyperson training in cooperation with joint apprenticeship and training committees.

(4) The waiver amounts for the following ungraded courses shall conform with the following schedule:

(a) Adult basic education, English as a second language, GED preparation: No charge.

(b) Parent education involving a cooperative preschool program: Eighty-five percent reduction from the standard per credit tuition and services activities fee charge. ((Parent education students taking eleven to eighteen credits shall not be charged for those credits.))

(c) Courses offered for the purpose of satisfying related or supplemental educational requirements for apprentices indentured with the Washington state apprenticeship council or federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training: Two-thirds reduction from the standard per credit tuition and services and activities fee charge. The college may convert the credit hour charge to a rounded amount per clock hour. Colleges may not deduct the tuition owed from training contract with apprentice organizations.

(5) Students taking both regular and ungraded courses will be charged separately for the courses.

(6) Application of this section shall be subject to administrative procedures established by the state director with respect to maximum credit values of such ungraded courses, curriculum, or any unique circumstances related to enrollment in such courses.

(7) Ungraded course fees received pursuant to this section shall be accounted for and deposited in local community college operating fee accounts established in RCW 28B.15.031.

(8) Ungraded course fees may be paid by the sponsoring entity rather than an individual student.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28.50 [28B.50] RCW. 98-22-062, 131-28-026, filed 11/2/98, effective 12/3/98. Statutory Authority: Chapters 28B.15 and 28B.50 RCW. 96-03-049, 131-28-026, filed 1/12/96, effective 1/12/96; 95-13-070, 131-28-026, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502 and 1992 c 231, 232 and 238. 92-14-033 (Order 139, Resolution No. 92-06-39), 131-28-026, filed 6/23/92, effective 7/24/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502. 91-21-011 (Order 133, Resolution No. 91-49), 131-28-026, filed 10/4/91, effective 11/4/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.090 (7)(d) and (10), 28B.50.851, 28B.15.502(4), 28B.15.522, 28B.50.140(3) and 1990 c 29. 90-20-009 (Order 122, Resolution Nos. 90-42 and 90-43), 131-28-026, filed 9/20/90, effective 10/21/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502. 89-14-037 (Order 116, Resolution No. 89-16), 131-28-026, filed 6/29/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502 and 28B.15.740. 82-22-023 (Order 94, Resolution No. 82-37), 131-28-026, filed 10/26/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502. 82-11-035 (Order 93, Resolution No. 82-16), 131-28-026, filed 5/11/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.500 as amended by chapter 257, Laws of 1981. 81-19-060 (Order 89, Resolution No. 81-65), 131-28-026, filed 9/14/81. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.04 RCW and WAC 1-12-065. 78-07-064 (Order 71, Resolution No. 78-29), 131-28-026, filed 6/30/78; Order 63 and Emergency Order 64, 131-28-026, filed 9/13/77, effective 9/13/77; Order 25, 131-28-026, filed 4/22/74, effective 7/1/74.]

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