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Last Updated: 2015 Legislative Session

ADULT LEARNERS

Vermont's adult education and literacy programs are offered through Learning Works, Vermont's Adult Education & Literacy System, which is made up of 10 full-service centers and three satellite centers across the state. Full-service centers provide a range of services, from beginning to advanced literacy in math, reading, writing, interpersonal skills, workplace skills, general educational development (GED), adult diploma programs, English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), and basic computer instruction. Students ages 16-22 who have not yet received a high school diploma can participate in a "graduation education plan" in which the student works with a school district to complete a GED. The State reimburses school districts for any student on a "graduation education plan". According to statute (Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 1541), school districts with a technical education center must provide adult technical education courses. The Department of Corrections is required to maintain an education program for inmates at each corrections facility. These programs are approved by the State Board of Education as an independent school under statute (Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 166,) and all inmates under the age of 23 without a high school diploma are required to participate. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Learners, Funding

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 10, 543 - Workforce Education and Training Fund; Grant Programs

Adult Learners, General Policy

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 1049a - High School Completion Program

Adult Workforce Education and Training

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 1553 - Adult Students

Governance of Adult Education

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 10, 541 - Workforce Development Council; State Workforce Investment Board; Members, Terms
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 10, 542 - Regional Workforce Investment Boards
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 1541 - Responsibility of Local Boards Which Manage Centers

Prisoner/Inmate Education

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 166 - Approved and Recognized Independent Schools
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 28 120 - Corrections Department Education Program, Independent School
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

There are no state-level statutes or policies that formerly govern articulation and transfer between public postsecondary institutions in Vermont. The University of Vermont (UVM) has its own system-level transfer policies and makes an online transfer guide available to current undergraduate students. Concerning articulation agreements, the UVM's website (http://www.uvm.edu/academics/catalogue2011-12/?Page=allpolicies.php&SM=policymenu.html&category=admissions&policy=Articulation%20Agreements) instructs individual students transferring from the Community College of Vermont (CCV) to meet with a CCV advisor early in their college career to develop an Articulation Plan or degree pathway. The Vermont State College System (VSC) has also created a "shared transcript" designed to facilitate a seamless education for students. Credits earned at the CCV automatically transfer into another VSC degree program and count toward similar requirements at the other VSC schools. (Last Updated 2011)

P-20/P-16 Councils

Vt. Stat. Ann. Tit. 16, sec 2905 - Prekindergarten- 16 council

Transfer Agreements

University of Vermont Policy V. 3.3.2.1 - Transfer Credit - Undergraduate Students
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

The Vermont State Board of Education (BOE) has developed a longitudinal student database that supports the tracking of K-12 student achievement, enrollment, and graduation records over time. The BOE requires the adoption of student performance standards and a system of continuous improvement in student performance for the K-12 system of education in Vermont. Each public K-12 school is required to develop and implement a comprehensive system of assessment and an action plan to improve the performance of all students enrolled in the school. Student performance results are to be reported on annual basis to the community. There are no statutes or state policies regarding accountability for postsecondary institutions in Vermont. The Vermont State Colleges have voluntarily developed a set of performance indicators that are published annually. (Last updated 2008)

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 164 - State Board, General Powers and Duties
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 180 - Statewide Strategic Education Plan
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives

University of Vermont Policy V. 7.0.1.1 - Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Policy Statement
University of Vermont Policy V. 7.0.5.1 - Equal Opportunity in Educational Programs and Activities and Non-Harassment
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FINANCE

The Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont has authority over the entire management and control of the property and affairs of the institution, including the establishment of resident and non-resident tuition and fee levels. The stated policy of the Board is "to provide greater educational opportunities for the youth of Vermont through reduced tuition charges at the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College." The amount of tuition for eligible Vermont residents must not be more than 40 percent of the tuition charged to nonresident students. Residency is determined by "reasonable durational domicile" requirements, as defined by the trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2282 - Tuition for Vermont Students
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RESIDENCY

Residency policies are determined by the legislature. To qualify as a resident, a student must reside in Vermont for one continuous year prior to enrollment. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). Students who move to Vermont to attain tuition benefits will not be considered residents. Active members of the armed forces who are transferred to Vermont other than for the purpose of education will be considered residents for tuition purposes. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2282a - Determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation oversees a variety of merit- and need-based student aid programs funded by federal, state, and private sources. The Vermont Incentive Grant is the primary need-based financial aid program. In addition, Vermont Part-Time Grants are need-based. This state has several merit -based scholarships and a tuition savings plan (Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan). For the 2005-2006 academic year, Vermont awarded 18,479 million for need-based aid and 101,000 for non-need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

University of Vermont Policy V. 4.3.6.1 - Awarding Scholarships and Prizes
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2531a - Scholarships; Award by Senators
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2531b - Scholarships; Award by Senators: Eligibility
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2531c - Scholarships; Award by Senators: Application
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2531d - Scholarships; Award by Senators: Processing
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2531e - Scholarships; Award by Senators: Appointment
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2531f - Scholarships; Award by Senators: Report
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2535 - Town Scholarships
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2537 - Armed Services Scholarships
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2538 - Armed Services Scholarships: Amount, Duration, Residence
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2539 - Armed Services Scholarships: Application, Award, Renewal
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2541 - Armed Services Scholarships: Armed Services Scholarship Fund
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2821 - Student Assistance Corporation; Purpose
Vt. Stat. Ann. Tit. 16 2841 - Need-based Grant Program: Establishment; Rules
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2842 - Need-based Grant Program: Eligibility
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2843 - Need-based Grant Program: Applications, Certificates, Reports
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2844 - Need-based Grant Program: Amount Received; Proration
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2845 - Trust Fund; Grants; Students in SRS Custody
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2846 - Nondegree Grants
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2851 - Vermont Honor Scholarships: Establishment
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2852 - Vermont Honor Scholarships: Eligibility
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2853 - Vermont Honor Scholarships: Application
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2854 - Vermont Honor Scholarships: Amount; Number; Disbursement
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2856 - Educational Assistance
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2861 - Education Loan Program: Establishment
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2862 - Education Loan Program: Rules and Regulations
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2863 - Education Loan Program: Guarantee
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2864 - Education Loan Program: Reserve Fund
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2865 - Education Loan Program: Default
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2866 - Education Loan Program: Rights of Minors
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2868 - Education Loan Program: Notes, Bonds, and Other Obligations
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2869 - Education Loan Program: Loan Cancellation
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2887 - The Next Generation Initiative Fund

Tuition Savings Plan

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2875 - Legislative Findings and Intent
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2877 - Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan Created
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2878 - Participation Agreements for Investment Plan
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2878a - Participation Agreements for Investment Plan; Individual Development Investment Accounts
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2879 - Investment and Payments
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2879a - Cancellation of Participation Agreements
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2879b - Effect of Payments in Computation and Determination of Financial Aid Need
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2879d - Property Rights to Assets in the Plan
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2879e - Construction and Application
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2879f - Annual Reports
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TEACHING QUALITY

Given the small size of the state teaching corps and its local approach to education, much of Vermont's standards, assessments and teaching quality policies are school or district based. Prior to 2006, the state ensured high quality professional development through relicensure by local and regional standards boards. There were 65 standards boards, one in each supervisory union (a grouping of districts) and five regional boards, comprised of a minimum of five licensed educators and the majority of the boards must be licensed educators selected by licensed teachers. These boards recommended educators for relicensure, setting standards for acceptable credit, evaluating the quality of the educator's professional development, and approving their seven-year individual professional development plan. In 2006, the legislature established within the department of education a board of professional educators to oversee the training, licensing, and professional standards of teachers and administrators. (Last updated 2008)

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2869 - Loan Cancellation

Licensure and Certification

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 1695 - Credentials Granted in Another State
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2041 - Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel: Purpose, Findings, and Policy - Article I
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2042 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Definitions - Article II
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2043 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Interstate Educational Personnel Contracts - Article III
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2044 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Approved and accepted programs - Article IV
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2045 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Interstate Cooperation - Article V
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2046 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Agreement Evaluation - Article VI
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2047 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Other Arrangements - Article VII
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2048 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Effect and Withdrawal - Article VIII
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2049 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Construction and Severability - Article IX

Teacher Mobility (Portability-Reciprocity)

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 1695 - Credentials Granted in Another State
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2041 - Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel: Purpose, Findings, and Policy - Article I
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2042 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Definitions - Article II
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2043 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Interstate Educational Personnel Contracts - Article III
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2044 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Approved and accepted programs - Article IV
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2045 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Interstate Cooperation - Article V
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2046 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Agreement Evaluation - Article VI
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2047 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Other Arrangements - Article VII
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2048 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Effect and Withdrawal - Article VIII
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 2049 - Interstate Agreement On Qualification Of Education: Construction and Severability - Article IX
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