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Goals

  1. To provide selected, eligible secondary school students the opportunity for concurrent enrollment.
  2. To provide students the opportunity to get a head start on their college careers.
  3. To provide high school and college faculty opportunities for collaborative professional development.

Policies and Procedures

The College Now program guidelines are subject to interpretation of applicable provisions within the following:

  • K.S.A. 2000 Supp. 72-11a01 through 72-11a05: The Kansas Challenge to Secondary School Pupils Act.
  • KBOR Policy and Procedures IV.8: Concurrent Enrollment of High School Students in Eligible Public Postsecondary Institutions. (6-11-08)
  • K.A.R. 88-26-3(b) through 88-26-3(c): Admissions (community college).
  • National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) accreditation standards.

Copies of these materials may be obtained by contacting the JCCC Early College office.

Terms and Definitions

CN: College Now. A concurrent enrollment partnership in which eligible high school sophomores, juniors or seniors (or 9th grade students identified as gifted with a current IEP) may enroll in selected college classes offered at, and in cooperation with, the high school. Students must be nondegree seeking at the time of concurrent enrollment.

CN District Point of Contact: Serves as the administrative contact at the secondary school site.

CN Building Representative: An individual, typically a counselor, designated to be the initial point of contact for the College Now program at the secondary school site.

CN Instructor: A qualified and approved high school instructor at the secondary school site teaching a CN course.

CN Liaison: A designated JCCC assistant professor, associate professor or professor who serves as the academic liaison for a CN course or discipline.

Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (CEP): "[A]greement means a written memorandum of understanding between an eligible postsecondary institution and a school district for the purpose of offering college-level learning to students who have been accepted for concurrent enrollment partnership in off-campus classes at a high school at which approved high school teachers teach college credit classes during the normal school day." (KBOR IV.8.b.vii)

Concurrent Enrollment Pupil: "[M]eans a person who is enrolled in classes at a high school at which approved high school teachers teach college credit classes during the normal school day, who is in either grades 10,11 or 12, or a 9th grade student identified as gifted with a current Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and is acceptable or has been accepted for enrollment at an eligible postsecondary institution." (KBOR IV.8.b.i.)

JCCC Course Outline: The approved outline for a particular course that serves as the foundation for the JCCC Course Syllabus.

JCCC Course Syllabus: Based upon the JCCC Course Outline and formatted according to the JCCC Educational Affairs Committee Course Syllabus Guidelines, the JCCC Course Syllabus is designed to provide course information, expectations, grading rationale, etc.

On-Campus Classes: Classes taught by JCCC faculty on the JCCC campus or one of the JCCC satellite sites.

Secondary School Site: A public school accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (or a private school accredited by HLC or established in partnership with JCCC prior to July 1, 2010). The college reserves the right to determine partnership eligibility.

  1. The student's public school district, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (or private school accredited by HLC or established partnership with the JCCC CEP prior to July 1, 2010) must have a signed concurrent enrollment partnership agreement with the college. The college reserves the right to determine partnership eligibility.
  2. Students wishing to enroll under the CN program must complete a JCCC Application for Admission.
  3. Prior to enrollment, students must complete the college assessment process as outlined in the current enrollment information provided to the secondary school site.
  4. CN students will pay the same tuition and fees as on-campus students.
  5. Classes will be held on the secondary school site during the normal school day.
  6. CN classes will be taught by qualified and approved secondary school site faculty who, for the purposes of the CN program, shall remain employees of their respective district.
  7. Classes will be part of each participating faculty member’s regular high school teaching load.
  8. CN classes must adhere to the number of contact hours on a per-semester basis required by the KBOR for community college classes. (CN classes may exceed the minimum contact hour requirement.)
  9. Classes will be equivalent to classes offered on the college campus as prescribed in the individual college course outline and other documentation. Additional objectives, competencies or material beyond those specified in the course outline may be included in the curriculum and may be appended to the course syllabus.
  10. Courses may be considered for approval in response to requests from the secondary school site.

Each participant within the College Now program has a defined role to play. Within the administrative policy and practice guide the roles, duties, guidelines and expectations are explained in detail.

These operational guidelines highlight various aspects and responsibilities associated with the College Now program. The focus is intended to be on the ongoing collaboration upon which the program is based. However, in the event that the secondary school site cannot or does not meet the applicable guidelines stated herein, it may be necessary to cancel a section or course. Of particular importance are those guidelines related to course syllabuses, instructor qualifications or other factors that may immediately compromise the equivalency and/or collegiate-level instructional integrity of the section or course.

If necessary, issues that may arise from conditions of these guidelines may be mediated by a committee comprised of representatives of the college and representatives of the secondary school site. Due to the ultimate responsibility for the program, the final decision-making authority shall rest with the college administration.

  1. In general, serve as the point of contact for their secondary school site.
  2. Compile a fall, spring, and “year-long” course schedule at the beginning of each academic year.
  3. Receive and distribute class schedules to classes.
  4. Inform students of the maximum number of college credits they may earn through the CN program.
  5. Be the official person at the secondary school site to answer questions that students and parents may have about the program.
  6. Maintain an inventory of basic JCCC forms
  7. Receive, distribute, collect, and return final grade rosters.
  8. Notify JCCC Early College Office of any problems or questions.
  9. Attend meetings, as needed, to discuss issues, ideas, and suggestions about the CN program.
  10. Distribute various mailings (instructor letters, JCCC publications, directories, etc.).
  11. Share information about the Metcalf Bank Scholarship opportunity.
  1. Designate instructors with educational qualifications that, at minimum, meet the college’s requirements for teaching approved CN courses within the discipline.
  2. Assist the college in obtaining essential paperwork from CN faculty, including but not limited to JCCC Course Syllabuses.
  3. Cooperate with the college in establishing course equivalency and assure that the rigor of instruction, objectives, assignments, testing, and evaluation will be commensurate with that of on-campus classes.
  4. Provide the college a general description of the faculty evaluation process or procedure used by the secondary school site.
  5. Assure that students meet the admissions requirements of the college in order to enroll in CN classes.
  6. Designate one person (typically a counselor) to serve as the CN Building Representative.
  7. Cooperate with the college in providing professional development opportunities.
  1. Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with the secondary school site.
  2. Provide, upon request, copies of adopted textbooks per CN course section to the school district. Provision of textbooks will be based on prior requests and/or other criteria.
  3. Share course materials used in on-campus classes with CN instructors.
  4. Designate a CN liaison in each content area who will work with the CN Instructor.
  5. In cooperation with the secondary school site, provide and fund professional development activities.
  6. Reimburse the applicable school districts for certain instructional costs associated with CN.
  7. Conduct studies to determine various aspects of the program including: Annual CN Student Survey, One/Five-Year Former CN Student Follow-up, and Five-Year Impact Study. Results will be shared with the secondary school sites and may be used as a basis for program improvement and change.
  8. In consideration for their school district’s participation in the CN program, CN building representatives and CN instructors will be eligible for the following:
    1. Possible reimbursement of tuition paid for JCCC credit classes taken by eligible dependents during the fall or spring semester.
    2. Faculty access to the Billington Library resources (library card required).
    3. Use of the Lifetime Fitness Center by enrolling in the Lifetime Fitness course (tuition reimbursement is available as described above).
    4. Applicable JCCC Staff Development events and activities.
    5. Faculty who teach in the College Now program are eligible to enroll their children in the Hiersteiner Child Development Center on a space-available basis. All enrollment guidelines apply. Call the center at 913-469-4438 or check the website at www.jccc.edu.
  1. Schedule faculty in-service evenings at the beginning of each semester.
  2. Maintain overall responsibility for the program.