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ADULT LEARNERS

Adult basic education programs funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE), provide a full range of instructional services that address the needs of educationally disadvantaged adults. State statute (Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 44 6406) created the Interagency Coordinating Council with the purpose of establishing a statewide system of adult and family literacy education services. Funds granted under Title II of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provide adult basic education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and preparation for the GED programs and instruction. Adult Literacy programs funded under State Act 143 of 1986 support adult literacy education programs, training for volunteer tutors, outreach, and support services. In general, no more than 20 percent of state appropriations for education can be used for adult education and literacy programs. Areas of program emphasis may address the unique needs of various target populations such as adults with learning disabilities or adults upgrading their basic skills for the workplace. School districts can receive reimbursement from the commonwealth for providing evening high school classes, non-credit courses, citizenship classes, and adult education for the blind. According to statute (Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 71 310-6), the Department of Corrections is required to provide academic and vocational education to adult inmates incarcerated in State correctional institutions. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Learners, Funding

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 44 6405 - Limitations on Funding

Governance of Adult Education

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 19 1901 - Scope of General Extension Education, Definitions
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 44 6404.1 - Duty of Department of Education

Prisoner/Inmate Education

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 71 310-11 - Advisory Committee, Powers and Duties of the Department of Corrections
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

In 1999, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PSSHE) adopted the Academic Passport and Student Transfer Policy to facilitate seamless transfer between the community colleges and the public universities as well as intra-system transfers. Students who earn the A.A. or A.S. degree in a transfer or college parallel program from a community college earn an Academic Passport that provides entry into any System university and allows the transfer of up to 45 credits to meet lower-division university general education requirements. Legislation passed in 2006 addresses transfers of credits between institutions of higher education; it also requires each public institution to develop course equivalencies and establish and maintain records and data detailing the credits transferred to and received from other public institutions. In accordance with the legislation, the Pennsylvania Department of Education established the statewide Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee (TAOC). The goal of the TAOC is to determine equivalent courses for at least 30 hours of general education courses, develop an assessment plan, review institutional data reports, and recommend to the PDE actions to be taken by the committee to enable the transfer of credits among public institutions of higher education. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.1 - Preparation Of Professional Educators: Definitions
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.2 - Preparation Of Professional Educators: Purpose

Statewide Articulation Guides

PA State System of Higher EducationBoard of Governors Policy 1999-01 - The Academic Passport and Student Transfer Policy

Transfer Agreements

PA State System of Higher EducationBoard of Governors Policy 1999-01 - The Academic Passport and Student Transfer Policy
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Pennsylvania has developed a student unit record data system that tracks students in K-12; extension to the public universities comprising the State System of Higher Education and community colleges is underway. The Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education has adopted a system of performance metrics to facilitate continuous improvement at and among its institutions and to demonstrate accountability of the state system and its member institutions. Performance indicators assess the institutional progress related to student advancement, efficiency/costs and diversity. Performance on the indicators is linked to institutional budgets. The state's community colleges, which fall under the State Board of Education, are not required to report on their performance. (Last updated 2008)

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 4.12 - Academic Standards
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 4.51 - State Assessment System

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 12.4 - Discrimination

Anti-discrimination

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 32.1 - General Authority and Purpose
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 32.4 - Duties of the Department
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 32.5 - Compliance Review
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 44.1 - The Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act: Scope and Purpose
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 44.2 - The Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act: Definitions
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 44.3 - The Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act: Eligible Grant Applicants
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 44.4 - The Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act: Eligible Students
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 44.5 - The Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act: Institutional Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 44.6 - The Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act: Responsibility of the Department
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 44.7 - The Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act: Reports
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 44.8 - The Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act: Implementation
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FINANCE

The Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education fixes annual tuition rates for undergraduate and graduate students with a differential between resident and nonresident rates. Residency is defined as continuous residence in Pennsylvania for a period of 12 months prior to registration at a state public postsecondary institution. The authority to set and collect student activity fees rests with the president of each university in consultation with the student associations, within the limits imposed by the council of trustees and subject to the policies of the Board of Governors. The board of trustees at each community college sets tuition in accordance with the policies, standards, rules and regulations of the State Board of Education; tuition is determined by apportioning among the students enrolled in the college not more than one-third of its annual operating costs. State System of Higher Education policy states the tuition waivers are made available to eligible dependents of military personnel listed as missing in action or prisoners of war. In addition, each university, upon recommendation of the president and in accordance with board policy, may waive any or all fees for eligible state system employees, university employees and their dependents, foreign students, graduate assistants, medical technology students, retired individuals, students enrolled in a program funded through the Higher Education Opportunity Act, and students whose direct instructional costs are funded by a grant or contract. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

PA State System of Higher EducationBoard of Governors Policy 1983-20-R - Refund of Room and Board, Special, and Other Fees
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

No state- or systemwide policies govern remedial education for Pennsylvania?s four- or two-year institutions. Decisions regarding remedial assessment, placement, and delivery are made by individual campuses. Under state statute, remedial courses generate the same level of state support for colleges as other credit courses, but are not eligible for stipend reimbursement by the state. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Remedial Credits Counting Towards Graduation and Full-Time Status

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 335.13 - Remedial and developmental courses
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

This state mainly allocates funds for need-based aid. The Pennsylvania Department of Education administers various state, federal, institutional and privately funded student aid programs. The PA State Grant Program is the state's need-based grant. In addition, The Path Program is a clearinghouse of participating community-based organizations, which leverage additional student aid for students with substantial need. The Pennsylvania Department of Education administers two merit-based scholarship programs, one of which is for two Historically Black Colleges. This state has a tuition savings program and a guaranteed college saving program, as well as several loan forgiveness programs. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Pennsylvania spent 412,340 million for need-based aid and 120,000 for non-need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.41 - Higher Education Grant Program: Grouping of Applicants
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.42 - Higher Education Grant Program: Submission of Applications
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.43 - Higher Education Grant Program: Processing Applications
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.44 - Higher Education Grant Program: Required Family Financial Data
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.45 - Higher Education Grant Program: Amount of Higher Education Grant Awards
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.46 - Higher Education Grant Program: Determination of Financial Need
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.47 - Higher Education Grant Program: State Higher Education Grant Program Manual
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.48 - Higher Education Grant Program: Limitation on Payment of Grants
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.49 - Higher Education Grant Program: Duration of State Higher Education Grants
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.50 - Higher Education Grant Program: Disbursement of State Higher Education Grants
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.51 - Higher Education Grant Program: Refund of State Higher Education Grants
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.52 - Higher Education Grant Program: Transferring an Award
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.53 - Higher Education Grant Program: Forfeiture of Award
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.54 - Higher Education Grant Program: Deferment of Award
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.55 - Higher Education Grant Program: Recipients on Probation
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.56 - Higher Education Grant Program: Year Abroad Program
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.57 - Higher Education Grant Program: Higher Education Grant Domicile
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.58 - Higher Education Grant Program: Academic Progress
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.59 - Higher Education Grant Program: Error Rate Policy

Tuition Savings Plan

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 601.1 - The Tuition Account Program and College Savings Bond Act: Definitions
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 601.2 - The Tuition Account Program and College Savings Bond Act: Termination of Tuition Account Payment Contracts, Refunds and Settlement
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TEACHING QUALITY

Pennsylvania was the first state to require a statewide assessment of all practicing teachers. In 2001, the legislature created the Professional Development Assistance Program in an effort to better target the approximately $140 million spent annually on teacher professional development. School districts must now submit strategic professional development plans. What makes the program unique is assessments tied to that cycle -- all in-service teachers take the test in order to help that teacher, district, and preparation programs better assess areas of strength and weakness. Individual scores are confidential, only the teacher knows the score while districts receive aggregate scores. The state issues a list of districts and preparation programs with significant variation from the state average. The assessments also measure teacher knowledge in the core subject areas of reading and math and are aligned with Pennsylvania student standards in grades 5, 8 and 11. (Last updated 2008)

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.151 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Application of Existing Agency Regulations
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.152 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Qualified Applicant
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.153 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Eligible Institution
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.154 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Selection of Recipients
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.155 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Amount of Scholars in Education Awards
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.157 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Teaching Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.158 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Deferment or Cancellation of Teaching Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.159 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Approved Commonwealth School
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.160 - Scholars in Education Award Program: State Certification
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.201 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Application of Existing Agency Regulations
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.202 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Qualified Applicant
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.203 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Loan Forgiveness
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.204 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Teaching Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.205 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Eligible Public School Districts
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.206 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: State Certification
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.207 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Classroom Teaching

Licensure and Certification

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.1 - Preparation Of Professional Educators: Definitions
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.2 - Preparation Of Professional Educators: Purpose
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.33 - Professional Competency
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 49.14 - Approval of Institutions
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 49.72 - Categories of Certificates and Letters of Eligibility

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.25 - Preparation Program Curriculum
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 49.16 - Approval of Induction Plans

Professional Development

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.1 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Mission
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.10 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Relationship with Students
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.11 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Profssional Relationships
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.2 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Introduction
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.3 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Purpose
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.4 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Practices
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.5 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Conduct
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.6 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Legal Obligations
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.7 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Certification
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.8 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Civil Rights
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.9 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Improper or Personal Gain
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.1 - Preparation Of Professional Educators: Definitions
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.2 - Preparation Of Professional Educators: Purpose

Programs Evaluation

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 49.14 - Approval of Institutions

Supply and Demand Strategies

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.151 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Application of Existing Agency Regulations
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.152 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Qualified Applicant
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.153 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Eligible Institution
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.154 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Selection of Recipients
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.155 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Amount of Scholars in Education Awards
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.157 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Teaching Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.158 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Deferment or Cancellation of Teaching Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.159 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Approved Commonwealth School
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.160 - Scholars in Education Award Program: State Certification
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.201 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Application of Existing Agency Regulations
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.202 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Qualified Applicant
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.203 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Loan Forgiveness
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.204 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Teaching Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.205 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Eligible Public School Districts
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.206 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: State Certification
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.207 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Classroom Teaching

Teacher Preparation

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.151 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Application of Existing Agency Regulations
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.152 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Qualified Applicant
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.153 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Eligible Institution
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.154 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Selection of Recipients
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.155 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Amount of Scholars in Education Awards
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.157 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Teaching Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.158 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Deferment or Cancellation of Teaching Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.159 - Scholars in Education Award Program: Approved Commonwealth School
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.160 - Scholars in Education Award Program: State Certification
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.201 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Application of Existing Agency Regulations
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.202 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Qualified Applicant
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.203 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Loan Forgiveness
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.204 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Teaching Commitment
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.205 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Eligible Public School Districts
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.206 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: State Certification
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 121.207 - Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Classroom Teaching
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.1 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Mission
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.10 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Relationship with Students
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.11 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Profssional Relationships
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.2 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Introduction
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.3 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Purpose
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.4 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Practices
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.5 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Conduct
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.6 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Legal Obligations
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.7 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Certification
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.8 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Civil Rights
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 235.9 - Code Of Professional Practice And Conduct For Educators: Improper or Personal Gain
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.1 - Preparation Of Professional Educators: Definitions
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.2 - Preparation Of Professional Educators: Purpose
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.25 - Preparation Program Curriculum
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.33 - Professional Competency
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 354.41 - Faculty Quality
Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 22 49.13 - Policies; Standards and Guidance for Institutions Preparing Educational Personnel
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