WSR 21-17-032
[Filed August 9, 2021, 1:18 p.m., effective September 9, 2021]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Tuition charges for certain ungraded courses. Amends the section to alight [align] with WAC revisions submitted and adopted in 2013 as a result of SHB 1686 removing the term GED and federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, modifies the English as a second language term to English acquisitions.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 131-28-026.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 28.50 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 21-12-021 on May 24, 2021.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: August 3, 2021.
Beth Gordan
Executive Assistant
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 16-02-087, filed 1/5/16, effective 2/5/16)
WAC 131-28-026Tuition 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. Ungraded shall mean courses not categorized by level of instruction and may be assigned degree credit or letter grades.
(2) Ungraded courses shall meet the following qualifications:
(a) 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.
(b) The course is offered for the purpose of providing the individual student with a discrete skill or basic body of knowledge that is intended to enhance potential for initial or continued employment, parenting skills or retirement.
(c) The course cannot be administered as a contract course pursuant to WAC 131-28-027, 131-32-010, or 131-32-020.
(d) 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;
(f) Parenting education including, but not limited to, cooperative preschool programs.
(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))acquisition, high school equivalency test: An amount to be established by the state board.
(b) Courses offered for the purpose of satisfying related or supplemental educational requirements for apprentices registered with the Washington state apprenticeship council or federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training: A college shall waive one-half of the standard per credit tuition and services and activities fee. The college may convert the credit hour charge to a rounded amount per clock hour. Colleges may deduct the tuition owed from training contracts 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 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.