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Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program


 

The Office of Higher Education administers the Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program for development of new concurrent enrollment courses and expansion of existing concurrent programs. Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses taught in high school by qualified high school teachers during the regular school day and offered through a partnership between a high school and a college or university.

Funding Sources

The grant program was established by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature. The 2021 higher education omnibus bill provided $225,000 each year of the 2021-2022 biennium to support development of new concurrent enrollment courses in career and technical education and $115,000 each year of the 2021-2022 biennium for the expansion of existing concurrent enrollment programs by a postsecondary institution currently offering a concurrent enrollment course. During the fiscal year 2022 grant cycle, the expansion grants may also cover services related to outreach, recruitment, and student success for programs targeting students traditionally underrepresented in college.

Criteria

The program awards grants to postsecondary institutions in Minnesota that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Programs (NACEP) or working toward NACEP accreditation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can we use CEGP funds for salaries/positons, correct? Yes
  2. Can we supplant current institutional funding for staff positions with grant funding? Yes.
  3. Why is including resumes of funded staff important? If funds are supporting a paid position, we keep record of who is hired for that role and their qualifications for auditing purposes.
  4. Define “capacity” in this context?  “At capacity” is not defined in statute. If there is student interest that is being unmet due to capacity issues of any kind, it can be considered “at capacity”. This needs to be explained/justified in the proposal.
  5. Concurrent Enrollment courses being exactly the same as the college equivalent is not a NACEP requirement, they just need to be similar in nature and there is the academic freedom piece by MSCF.  So do they really me “the same” or do they mean “similar in nature?” Concurrent Enrollment courses funded by this grant should be nearly identical to the college equivalent –rigor, methods, pedagogy, syllabi, etc. should be college-level and something that would be taught on or off campus. The course can be adapted based on resources available as long as it meets all college-level standards.
  6. Is Team Teaching permissible? Teach teaching is a funded option for the purpose of this grant, however, it may not be a sustainable option long-term for colleges/universities.
  7. Can funding be used for help High School teachers meet college credentialing? Not in itself; professional development would need to be directly related to the implementation of the course. Essentially, a completed project would end with students being able to enroll in a course, not an instructor’s completion of a credential.
  8. What are considered eligible expenses?  In most cases, teacher credentialing will not be funded using this funding stream. Professional development would need to be very short term, with the goal of being able to teach the class within the grant period or the following semester. Eligible expenses include salaries, supplies, materials, fees, stipends, transportation, textbooks, equipment, etc. Expenses should be directly related to course development or expansion.

Fiscal Year 2020 Grant Recipients

Fiscal Year 2020 funded projects are:

Career and Technical Education Course Development

  • Century College, $40,214, "Information Technology Career Pathways: Community School of Excellence"
  • Century College, $48,085, “Building Concurrent Enrollment in Manufacturing Pathways”

Program Expansion

  • Minnesota State College Southeast, $13,608, “Expanding Concurrent Enrollment at Red Wing High School to Meet the Needs of the Winger Flight Paths Program”
  • Minnesota State College Southeast, $13,743, “Developing Concurrent Enrollment at Caledonia High School to Meet the Needs of the PN in the High School Program”

Reports

Fiscal Year 2022 Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program Legislative Report