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ADULT LEARNERS

Rhode Island coordinates adult education programs through the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Office of Adult Education administers programs in Adult Basic Education, GED, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. These programs are funded by tuition and fees paid by students as well as federal, state, and local government monies. State Policy establishes that all adult education programs and services are designed and implemented with a local control model known as "community education". There are currently 37 programs across the State that offer adult education learning services. State statute (R.I. Gen. Laws 42-56-19) requires that the Department of Corrections maintain an education and vocational training program for eligible inmates. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Learners, Funding

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-13 - Adult Education: Adult Education Financing
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-14 - Adult Education: Appropriations of State Funds

Adult Learners, General Policy

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-1 - Adult Education: Short Title
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-10 - Adult Education: Community Education
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-11 - Adult Education: Cooperative Agreements
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-12 - Adult Education: Study of Adult Basic Education Entitlement
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-13 - Adult Education: Adult Education Financing
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-14 - Adult Education: Appropriations of State Funds
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-15 - Adult Education: Local Support
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-16 - Adult Education: Severability
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-17 - Adult Education: Liberal Construction of Chapter Required
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-2 - Adult Education: Legislative Findings and Policy
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-3 - Adult Education: Definitions
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-4 - Adult Education: Rights of Adults
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-5 - Adult Education: Categories of Adult Education Programs and Service
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-6 - Adult Education: Office of Adult Education - Coordinator
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-7 - Adult Education: Functions of Office
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-8 - Adult Education: State Plan for Adult Education
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-9 - Adult Education: Delivery System

Adult Workforce Education and Training

R.I. Gen. Laws 42-56-19 - Educational and Vocational Training Unit

Governance of Adult Education

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-6 - Adult Education: Office of Adult Education - Coordinator
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-63-7 - Adult Education: Functions of Office

Military/Veterans Education

R.I. Gen. Laws 30-3-40.3 - Educational Benefits for National Guard Members
R.I. Gen. Laws 30-30.1-1 - Educational Benefits for Disabled American Veterans
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) in its Policy for Articulation and Transfer between Public Institutions of Higher Education states that the admission of a transfer student will be determined by the receiving institution following an assessment of academic performance and standing as well as eligibility for entrance to a specific program. According to the policy, last updated in 1998, students holding A.A. or A.S. degrees oriented toward the baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 2.4 or higher from the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) are assured admission to Rhode Island College (RIC) and the University of Rhode Island (URI). Students who complete the 20 credit general education core requirement at the CCRI must take additional courses at the receiving institutions to satisfy their 32-43 credit core requirements. In 2003, the RIBGHE modified its statewide policy by adopting a Joint Admissions Agreement (JAA) which is designed to encourage the transfer of CCRI students to complete their baccalaureate degree at URI or RIC. Students accepted into this program may qualify, dependent on GPA, for tuition benefits at the four-year institution and receive pre-transfer counseling at both the CCRI and the destination institution. The Transfer Guide for Students includes a listing of equivalencies for general education, as well as for courses, and bilateral articulation agreements, established between the CCRI and one of the four-year public institutions for individual academic degree majors. The Transfer Guide is housed on the RI Transfer page of the RIBGHE's website, along with information on the JAA, and other resources. The Procedure for Strengthening the Articulation/Transfer Component of the Review Process for New Programs (http://www.ribghe.org/atreview.pdf) was added to the Regulations Governing Academic Changes in Rhode Island Public Institutions of Higher Education (http://www.ribghe.org/publicregs0306.pdf) to ensure that interinstitutional articulation and transfer matters are considered from the very beginning of the new program development process. The Interinstitutional Student Exchange policy (http://www.ribghe.org/studentexchange.pdf),last modified in 2006, allows full-time students matriculated at one public institution of higher education to take up to seven credits per semester at another public institution without payment of additional tuition. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-59-28 - "Bachelors Degree in Three" Program
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-70-1 - The Rhode Island Children's Crusade for Higher Education: Short Title
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-70-2 - The Rhode Island Children's Crusade for Higher Education: Legislative Findings
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-70-3 - The Rhode Island Children's Crusade for Higher Education: Program for the Support of the Rhode Island Children's Crusade for Higher Education Established
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-70-4 - The Rhode Island Children's Crusade for Higher Education: Board of Governors Support Program - Powers and Duties
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-70-5 - The Rhode Island Children's Crusade for Higher Education: Budget and Appropriations
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-70-6 - The Rhode Island Children's Crusade for Higher Education: Audit Requirements

K-12 / Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-59-28 - "Bachelors Degree in Three" program

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Policy S-12.0 - Joint Admissions Agreement: The Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island

Statewide Articulation Guides

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Policy S-6.0 - Articulation and Transfer Between Public Institutions of Higher Education in Rhode Island

Transfer Agreements

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-59-28 - "Bachelors Degree in Three" program
Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Policy S-6.0 - Articulation and Transfer Between Public Institutions of Higher Education in Rhode Island
Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Policy S-7.0 - Interinstitutional Student Exchange: R.I. Public Institutions
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Rhode Island is developing a comprehensive K-12 student data system. The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education have several performance-based priorities for higher education, including: improving the preparation of Rhode Island's residents to succeed in higher education through preK-16/20 collaboration; improving participation and graduation rates in higher education; producing a more competitive workforce; and, promoting economic development and social well-being. The Board reports on a slate of performance indicators for higher education, including: SAT scores, enrollment, tuition, retention, graduation and transfer rates, completions per FTE and total, and minority shares among students and staff. The state also maintains an "incentive fund for excellence," which is be used by the board of governors to fund program initiatives to improve the quality of the undergraduate education offered by the institutions of public higher education. (Last updated 2008)

Development of Improved Information Systems

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-1 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Short Title
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-2 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Findings of Fact
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-3 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Purpose
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-4 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Definitions
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-5 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Implementation
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-6 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Reporting Requirements

Performance Based Measures for K-12

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-7.1-13 - State Leadership in Conducting Annual Assessments of Student Performance

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-59-9.1 - Incentive Fund for Excellence- Challenge Fund for Management and Administration Improvement
Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Policy - A-2.0 - Quality in Higher Education Program and Institutional Review Processes: Guidelines

Reporting Systems that Address Student Transition or Provide Feedback to High Schools

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-45.1-3 - Report to the General Assembly
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-1 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Short Title
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-2 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Findings of Fact
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-3 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Purpose
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-4 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Definitions
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-5 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Implementation
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-90-6 - High School Outcomes Improvement Act of 2009: Reporting Requirements
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EARLY OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Rhode Island, through its Children's Crusade, appears to have a program of limited scope that articulates pre-college outreach goals, objectives, and related strategies. It seems to have a small, but systematic way to identify and target students, collect student data across segments, allocate funds, evaluate programs, and report data. The Crusade is a program that helps low-income students succeed in K-12 and prepare for college. Students enroll in the third grade and remain in the Crusade for 10 years until high school graduation. The Crusade has a rigorous outside evaluation and tracks data longitudinally. GEAR UP, the College Planning Center of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education each run websites that help prospective college students choose a college, prepare financially, and prepare for admission requirements. The College Access Alliance of Rhode Island (CAARI) advocates for equal opportunity and access to higher education for all Rhode Island children, but targets students in low-income communities. Rhode Island Educational Talent Search (RIETS) is a program that provides free help, such as advising study skill development, course selection, and test preparation, for middle and high school students who want to complete high school and enroll in college. (Prepared by Andrea Venezia, Consultant / Reviewed by the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education, FY 2003)

Dropout Prevention

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-67-1 - Rhode Island Literacy and Dropout Prevention Act: Declaration of Policy
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-67-2 - Rhode Island Literacy and Dropout Prevention Act: The Literacy Program
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-67-3 - Rhode Island Literacy and Dropout Prevention Act: Coordination with Programs for Special Populations
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-67-4 - Rhode Island Literacy and Dropout Prevention Act: Funding
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-67-5 - Rhode Island Literacy and Dropout Prevention Act: Definition of Educationally Disadvantaged Students
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-67-6 - Rhode Island Literacy and Dropout Prevention Act: Regulations of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-67-7 - Rhode Island Literacy and Dropout Prevention Act: State Advisory Council
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Policy P-2.0 - Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity - Policy
Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Policy P-3.0 - Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity - Regulations
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FINANCE

Each postsecondary institution sets its own tuition and fee levels. The Board of Governors must receive any tuition or fee increase schedules for the fiscal year for which state appropriations are made by the General Assembly. Rhode Island provides full tuition waivers to eligible veterans who have been disabled as a result of military service. The state also provides free tuition to Rhode Island National Guard members, as well as the spouses and dependents of National Guard members who are killed in the line of duty. Any Rhode Island resident who is 60 years of age or older whose household income is less than three times the federal poverty level as established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is also entitled to free tuition at any public postsecondary institution in the state. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-33-4 - Rhode Island College: Students Paying Tuition

Reciprocity Agreements

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Policy S-8.0 - New England Regional Student Program Policy

Tuition and Fee Waivers

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-55-1 - Educational Benefits for Persons Over Sixty
R.I. Gen. Laws 30-3-40.3 - Educational Benefits for National Guard Members
R.I. Gen. Laws 30-3-40.5 - Tuition to Children of National Guard Members Dying as a Result of Service
R.I. Gen. Laws 30-30.1-1 - Educational Benefits for Disabled American Veterans

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-59-9 - Board of Governors for Higher Education: Educational Budget and Appropriations
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RESIDENCY

Residency qualifications are set by the Board of Governors. To qualify as a resident student, he or she must have maintained one continuous year of domicile in Rhode Island. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). The student must provide evidence that his or her reason for domicile is for reasons other than to gain resident tuition benefits. Active members of the armed forces stationed in state, their spouses and dependent children are classified as residents. Lawful permanent residents and immigrants who fulfill the residency requirements are eligible for in-state classification. International students who have been granted Temporary Protected Status, refugee status, or political asylum by the INS and who present evidence of being domiciled in Rhode Island for at least one year are deemed as residents for tuition purposes. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority administers various state, federal, institutional and privately funded student aid programs. This state does not allocate funds for merit-based aid. Rhode Island awards the New CollegeBoundFund Academic Promise Scholarship to financially challenged and academically accomplished high school students. This scholarship is funded through proceeds coming to the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority from sales of the state's tuition savings plan. The Rhode Island State Grant is designed to provide grants to those students whose family resources are not sufficient to meet the costs of higher education. This state has a college savings program, CollegeBoundfund, and several student loan programs. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Rhode Island allocated 12,883 million for need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-37-1 - Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund: Short Title
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-37-2 - Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund: Establishment of Scholarship Fund
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-37-3 - Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund: Scholarship Committee - Members - Meetings - Officers
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-37-4 - Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund: Scholarship Committee - Powers
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-37-5 - Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund: Eligibility for Scholarship
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-37-6 - Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund: Award of Scholarship - Conditions
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-37-7 - Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund: Requirement of Public School Teaching Services
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-37-8 - Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund: Failure to Comply with § 16-37-7 - Exceptions
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-37-9 - Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund: Severability
R.I. Gen. Laws 42-72.8-2 - Administration of Program
R.I. Gen. Laws 42-72.8-3 - Selection of Grant Recipients

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

R.I. Gen. Laws 42-72.8-2 - Administration of Program
R.I. Gen. Laws 42-72.8-3 - Selection of Grant Recipients

Tuition Savings Plan

R.I. Gen. Laws 9-26-4 - Property Exempt from Attachment - Tuition/Fees - Prepaid College Savings Plans
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TEACHING QUALITY

Teacher professional development has been a focus for Rhode Island over the past decade. Beginning in 1999, Rhode Island has been piloting a new certification system that would require teachers to develop an individual professional development plan (I-Plan) that is goal-driven and informed by self-study. I-Plans are approved by the Rhode Island Statewide Review Panel (RISRP) within 30 days and filed at the Department of Education. I-Plans span five years and include goals, professional development activities, evidence of accomplishment through a portfolio, reflections, and evidence of 150 contact hours of qualifying professional development activities. The legislature has supported professional development through annual appropriations to the Professional Development Investment Fund distributed to districts based on a pupil-teacher ration. In 2004, the legislature began allowing schools that have met their performance targets in reading and have not been designated as a school in need of improvement to expend their Professional Development Investment Funds on professional development in the core academic subjects of math, writing or reading to improve student performance. In an effort to ensure the state is maximizing its investment in teacher professional development, the legislature passed resolution HR 7566 in 2008 requesting the Department of Education to conduct a study on the financing, organization, and effectiveness of teacher professional development. (Last updated 2008)

Licensure and Certification

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11-1 - Certification of Teachers: Certification of Public School Teachers Required - Deductions from State Aid for Noncompliance
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11-2 - Certification of Teachers: Examinations - Issuance of Certificates
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11-2.3 - Certification of Teachers: Standardized Testing - Issuance of Certificates
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11-3 - Certification of Teachers: Certificates Without Examination
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11-4 - Certification of Teachers: Annulment of Certificates
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11-5 - Certification of Teachers: Interstate Agreement
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11-6 - Certification of Teachers: Designated State Official
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11-7 - Certification of Teachers: Publication of Contracts
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11.4-1 - Rhode Island Certification Standards Board: Legislative Intent
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11.4-2 - Rhode Island Certification Standards Board:Policy Advisory Board on Teacher and Administrator Certification - Establishment - Composition
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11.4-3 - Rhode Island Certification Standards Board: Policy Advisory Board on Teacher and Administrator Certification - Meetings - Staff Support
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11.4-4 - Rhode Island Certification Standards Board: Policy Advisory Board on Teacher and Administrative Certification - General Powers and Duties
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-11.4-5 - Rhode Island Certification Standards Board: Conformance with the Administrative Procedures Act
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-2-18.1 - Relating to Education - School Committees and Superintendents - Criminal Records Review
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-7.1-10 - Professional Development Investment Fund

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-7.1-10 - Professional Development Investment Fund

Professional Development

R.I. Gen Laws 16-66-1 - Rhode Island School Staff Institute: Short Title
R.I. Gen Laws 16-66-2 - Rhode Island School Staff Institute: Findings
R.I. Gen Laws 16-66-3 - Rhode Island School Staff Institute: Institute Created
R.I. Gen Laws 16-66-4 - Rhode Island School Staff Institute: Operations
R.I. Gen Laws 16-66-5 - Rhode Island School Staff Institute: Institute Program Grant Funds - Restrictions on Use
R.I. Gen Laws 16-66-6 - Rhode Island School Staff Institute: Advisory Board
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-7.1-10 - Professional Development Investment Fund

Recruitment

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-16-24 - Substitute Teaching and Employment After Retirement

Supply and Demand Strategies

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-16-24 - Substitute Teaching and Employment After Retirement
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-17.2-1 - Compact for Pension Portability for Educators: Compact

Teacher Mobility (Portability-Reciprocity)

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-17.2-1 - Compact for Pension Portability for Educators: Compact

Teacher Preparation

R.I. Gen. Laws 16-33-2 - Rhode Island College: Powers over College - Purpose of College
R.I. Gen. Laws 16-7.1-10 - Professional Development Investment Fund
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