Dual Enrollment/Career Academy Study
The Coordinating Commission approved the study's final report at its Dec. 8 meeting. The report is available on the commission's website, on its "Data Collection, Reports, Presentations" page. You also can view the PowerPoint presentation from the Dec. 8 meeting.
In May 2011, Gov. Dave Heineman signed into law LB 637, part of which calls on the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to conduct a study on the need for uniform policies and practices regarding dual-enrollment courses and career academies in Nebraska. The legislation reads:
In collaboration with the State Department of Education, public and private postsecondary educational institutions, private, denominational, or parochial secondary schools, educational service units, and school districts, conduct a study regarding the need for uniform policies and practices for dual-enrollment courses and career academies in Nebraska, including transferability of dual enrollment courses and consistency of administration of career academies. The study shall also include a review of any program that provides Nebraska high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement through participation in courses and examinations administered by a not-for-profit organization and of the need for uniform policies and practices related to the acceptance and transferability of such courses and the college credit or advanced placement earned as a result of a student's performance on such examinations. The commission shall report the findings of such study and its recommendations, including recommendations for possible legislation, to the Legislature on or before December 15, 2011. For purposes of this subdivision, dual-enrollment course has the same definition as provided in section 79-1201.01.
LB 637 directs the Coordinating Commission to collaborate with numerous stakeholders in completing this study. To help foster this collaboration, the Coordinating Commission has formed a 15-member Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from each of the stakeholder groups. This committee will work closely with Coordinating Commission staff to ensure the study’s final report is ultimately beneficial to the most important stakeholders of all – our students.
The Advisory Committee roster:
- Rich Katt, Director of Career Education, Nebraska Department of Education
- Jon Lopez, Superintendent, Beatrice Public Schools
- Gaye Lannan, Counselor, Omaha Benson High School
- Cheryl Kreikemeier, Counselor, Wisner-Pilger High School, Wisner
- Barb Waller, Coordinator of Career and Technical Education Programs, Millard Public Schools
- Doris Rempe, Counselor, Grand Island Catholic High School
- Dennis Headrick, Vice President for Instruction, Southeast Community College
- Connie Eichhorn, Director of Secondary Partnerships, Metropolitan Community College
- Korinne Tande, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Nebraska State College System
- Kelly Malone, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, University of Nebraska at Omaha
- Marian Borgmann-Ingwersen, Director of Honors Academy, Nebraska Wesleyan University
- Matt Blomstedt, Executive Director, Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council
- Erika Volker, Partnerships for Innovation
- Marty Mahler, Nebraska P-16 Initiative
- Marge Harouff, retired/formerly 43 years with Department of Education
For questions regarding the dual enrollment-career academy study, please contact Jason Keese, the Coordinating Commmission's Communications Coordinator, at (402) 471-0023 or by email at Jason.Keese@nebraska.gov.