A Note from USDLA Board Member Alexandra Salas, Ph.D., Dean of Innovation, Teaching and Digital Learning Excellence at Delaware County Community College
Hello, USDLA friends! Public policy issues that will continue to be on the radar for 2022 and the next few years include dual enrollment and the use of open education resources. Both topics impact k-12 and higher education.
Below, please find details about this critical trend from CollegesFutures.org.
The two new research reports involved different methods and data elements but generated similar findings on the promise of dual enrollment:
- Structured/formal dual enrollment is on the rise
- High school students represent an increasing share of community college enrollment
- Dual enrollment equity gaps by racial/ethnic subgroups are more minor in these formal dual enrollment programs and have narrowed over time.
- Access to dual enrollment overall remains unequal, and it depends on the high school that students attend.
- Reducing inequities in dual enrollment requires a continued partnership between high schools and community colleges to create these formal dual enrollment opportunities.
- The partnerships must center recruitment efforts and course offerings on equity.
- Source: New Research: Dual Enrollment Supports Equitable College Completion, December 15, 2021, Colleges Future Foundation
AB 128 (2021): Appropriations bill. Among other provisions, it provides up to $3 million to provide textbooks or digital course content to inmates enrolled in one or more California Community College courses. Colleges are encouraged to use open educational resources first.
- Affordable Learning Georgia (2014-Present): Affordable Learning Georgia is a University System of Georgia initiative to promote student success by supporting the implementation of affordable alternatives to expensive commercial textbooks, particularly Open Educational Resources (OER) and open textbooks. The program was funded by appropriations from the legislature in 2014 and in subsequent years.
- #GoOpen State: Georgia joined the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign for openly licensed educational resources in K-12 education. To become a #GoOpen State, states meet criteria, including adding OER into the statewide education technology strategy.
- HB 318 (2021): Bill appropriating state funds to the State Board of Education for community colleges. The attached fiscal note designates $1,000,000 for a zero textbook cost program.
- Instructional Materials Access & Affordability Policy (2021): State Board of Education requires all public 4-year institutions to develop plans to increase access and affordability, using OER where possible. The policy includes a definition of OER as well.
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