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Wyoming Statutes
University of Wyoming Trustee Regulations
Last Updated: 2015 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

Wyoming law authorizes a school district board of trustees and a community college district board of trustees or the University of Wyoming to enter into an agreement to establish a Postsecondary Education Enrollment Options program. Additional student eligibility requirements for program participation must be based upon criteria established by the university or the community college in collaboration with the department of education, which address the high school grade level, uniform prior curricula requirements, academic achievement levels and national examination performance indicators. A student who successfully completes any course offered under the program receives academic credit by the school district which must be counted towards the graduation requirements and postsecondary education credit. The school district and the university or community college district must, if there are any fees within the agreement, establish fees to be assessed the school district for student participation under the program. The university or community college cannot directly assess and collect any fee from the participating student for textbooks, materials, student services or any other fees. A student participating in the program is counted within the average daily membership of the school district and concurrently by the participating higher education institution for its full-time equivalent enrollment count. A high school student may take a college or university course apart from agreements outlined if the student bears the cost. (Last updated 2008)

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

Wyo. Stat. 21-20-201 - Agreement between Districts and Postsecondary Education Institutions Authorized; Student Participation; Credits; Financial Arrangements; Transportation; Accessibility
Wyo. Stat. 21-20-201 - Agreement between districts and post secondary education institutions required; student participation; credits; financial arrangements; transportation; accessibility; required annual reporting

Tech-Prep/Technical and Vocational Education

Wyo. Stat. 21-12-105 - Career-Technical Education Demonstration Project Grants; Application; Criteria; Limitations
Wyo. Stat. 21-2-202 - Career-Technical Education: Duties of the State Superintendent
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ADULT LEARNERS

In Wyoming, the board of trustees of any school district has the authority to establish and maintain an adult education program under statute (Wyo. Stat. 21-12-102). School districts can set their own tuition and fee rates for adult education courses. Public school districts offer adult education, GED, English as a Second Language programs. In addition, the community college commission is required to provide adult basic education and GED programs. According to statute (Wyo. Stat. 19-14-106), military veterans are eligible to receive free tuition if they are attending any state secondary, postsecondary, or technical institution. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Learners, Funding

Wyo. Stat. 21-18-105 - Budget Authority

Governance of Adult Education

Wyo. Stat. 21-12-102 - Powers of Boards of Trustees Establishing and Maintaining Programs

Military/Veterans Education

Wyo. Stat. 19-14-106 - Free Tuition and Fees for Education of War Orphans; Definitions
Wyo. Stat. 19-14-106 - Free Tuition and Fees for Education of War Orphans and Veterans
Wyo. Stat. 19-9-403 - Pay an Allowances of Officers and Enlisted Men in Active State Service and State Active Duty; Worker's Compensation Coverage for National Guard Members; No Pension Denied by Reason of Service
Wyo. Stat. 19-9-501 - Educational Assistance: Educational Assistance for National Guard Members; Administration of Plan
Wyo. Stat. 21-17-105 - Tuition to be as Nearly Free as Possible; Number, Qualifications and Selection of Students for Reduced Tuition; Tuition for Veterans; Reciprocal Residency

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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

Wyoming community colleges and the University of Wyoming (UW) have adopted a common course numbering system, known as the Wyoming Course Identification System (WCIS), and community college students can request joint admissions so they are accepted at the university at the same time they are accepted by their local community college, easing the transition between sectors. A WCIS Procedural Manual outlines the cooperative efforts created by the Wyoming Community College Commission (WCCC), individual Wyoming community colleges, and UW. According to Wyo. Stat. 21-18-307, any student who graduates from a high school in the state must be admitted to a community college in Wyoming, without further qualifying examination. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

Wyo. Stat. 42-2-109 - Review of Assistance and Services; Termination or Modification; Notice to Department of Change in Resources

Exit / Entrance Examinations

Wyo. Stat. 21-2-202 - Duties of the State Superintendent

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

Wyo. Stat. 21-13-330 - Distance Education; Program Content; Distance Learning Plan Required; Students Within ADM of Resident District; Agreements with Districts Authorized

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

University of Wyoming Regulations (UNIREG) 251, Revision 3 - Admission Standards for the University of Wyoming
University of Wyoming Regulations (UNIREG) 404 - University Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Statewide Articulation Guides

Wyo. Stat. 21-18-307 - Admission of State High School Graduates Without Examination
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

The University of Wyoming prepares an annual report to the Governor and Legislature on progress made on certain institutional performance benchmarks, including student enrollment, retention, and graduation; student satisfaction with academic, administrative, and student support services; student performance on national examinations; external research funding and technology transfer; and private fundraising. These data are made available through the annual strategic planning report required of state agencies by statute, but are also reviewed with the Governor and the Legislature by the University President on an annual basis prior to each legislative session. The Wyoming Community College Commission (WCCC) coordinates with the seven community colleges to track students across the state's system. The community college system has adopted 13 indicators of institutional effectiveness recommended by the American Association of Community Colleges Council on Vocational Education, including: student goal attainment; persistence; degree completion rates; placement rate in the workforce; employer assessment of students; licensure/certification pass rates; client assessment of programs and services; demonstration of critical literacy skills; number and rate who transfer; performance after transfer; success in subsequent related coursework; participation rate in the service area; and, responsiveness to community needs. Every other year when the Wyoming legislature approves budgets, the WCCC uses a base plus funding allocation model to distribute the funds. (Last updated 2008)

Comprehensive Initiative

Wyo. Stat. 21-17-202 - Community College Commission; Created; Composition; Removal

Wyo. Stat. 21-18-202 - Community College Commission; Created; Composition; Removal
Wyo. Stat. 21-2-204 - Wyoming Accountability in Education Act; statewide education accountability system created
Wyo. Stat. 21-2-304 - Duties of the state board of education
Wyo. Stat. 21-3-110 - Duties of boards of trustees

Development of Improved Information Systems

University of Wyoming Regulations (UNIREG) 243, Revision 1 - Official Student Records and Governing Laws Pertaining Thereto
Wyo. Stat. 21-2-203 - School district data collection and funding model administration; duties and responsibilities specified; data advisory committee; school district compliance

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Wyo. Stat. 21-2-204 - Wyoming Accountability in Education Act; statewide education accountability system created
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives

University of Wyoming Regulations (UNIREG) 3, Revision 2 - Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity (Affirmative Action) Program

Anti-discrimination

University of Wyoming Regulations (UNIREG) 3, Revision 2 - Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity (Affirmative Action) Program
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FINANCE

Wyoming's general tuition philosophy states, "To the end that none of the youth of the state who crave the benefits of higher education may be denied, and that all may be encouraged to avail themselves of the advantages offered by the university or community colleges, tuition shall be as nearly free as possible, and it shall be wholly free to either the university or any community college in the state, as elected by the student, to three (3) students annually from each county as are selected and appointed by the board of county commissioners therein." There is only one university in the state, the University of Wyoming, which sets its own tuition and fees. The Wyoming Community College Commission establishes tuition rates for the Community College System. The state pays the matriculation fees and tuition at any university, junior college, or vocational training institution in Wyoming for the children and spouse of any member of the Wyoming National Guard who has died or is permanently disabled as a result of service. The state pays tuition and required fees at the University of Wyoming or one of the seven community colleges for any member of the Wyoming National Guard to earn one degree. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

Wyo. Stat. 21-18-202 - Powers and Duties of the [Community College] Commission

Fee-Specific Policies

University of Wyoming Regulations (UNIREG) 244, Revision 6 - Registration Fees for Academic Credit

Reciprocity Agreements

Wyo. Stat. 21-17-105 - Tuition to be as Nearly Free as Possible; Number, Qualifications and Selection of Students for Reduced Tuition; Reciprocal Residency

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Wyo. Stat. 19-14-106 - Free Tuition and Fees for Education of War Orphans; Definitions
Wyo. Stat. 19-9-403 - Pay an Allowances of Officers and Enlisted Men in Active State Service and State Active Duty; Worker's Compensation Coverage for National Guard Members; No Pension Denied by Reason of Service
Wyo. Stat. 19-9-501 - Educational Assistance: Educational Assistance for National Guard Members; Administration of Plan
Wyo. Stat. 19-9-502 - Educational Assistance: Definitions
Wyo. Stat. 19-9-503 - Educational Assistance: Requirements for Educational Assistance; Assistance Payments
Wyo. Stat. 19-9-504 - Educational Assistance: Restrictions; Repayment of Benefits
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1501 - Free Tuition and Fees for Education of Survivors of Deceased Peace Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1501 - Free Tuition and Fees for Education of Survivors of Deceased Peace Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians
Wyo. Stat. 21-17-105 - Tuition to be as Nearly Free as Possible; Number, Qualifications and Selection of Students for Reduced Tuition; Reciprocal Residency
Wyo. Stat. 21-18-202 - Powers and Duties of the [Community College] Commission

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

Wyo. Stat. 21-17-105 - Tuition to be as Nearly Free as Possible; Number, Qualifications and Selection of Students for Reduced Tuition; Reciprocal Residency
Wyo. Stat. 21-17-105 - Tuition to be as Nearly Free as Possible; Number, Qualifications and Selection of Students for Reduced Tuition; Tuition for Veterans; Reciprocal Residency

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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

Wyoming's seven community colleges provide the majority of remedial education in the state, but there are no formal policies governing the programs. The University of Wyoming has on ongoing relationship with Laramie County Community College to provide remedial coursework for students failing to demonstrate college-level readiness. The university also has established the Synergy Program for students who are admitted but need additional academic support based on high school GPA, ACT scores, and prerequisite course fulfillment. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Accountability, Reporting Rates of Enrollment and Costs of Remediation

Wyo. Stat. 21-13-334 - Supplemental At-Risk Financial Assistance Program for Summer School and Extended Day Intervention and Remediation Programs
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RESIDENCY

No state-level policies identified for this issue.

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

Wyo. Stat. 21-17-105 - Tuition to be as Nearly Free as Possible; Number, Qualifications and Selection of Students for Reduced Tuition; Tuition for Veterans; Reciprocal Residency

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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The State of Wyoming has a family college saving (529) program and administers several privately and federally funded scholarship and grant programs. This state does not itself provide funds for need-based or merit-based student aid although, in the case of the University, there are several statutorily-mandated merit scholarship programs that the University is obligated to fund. The Hathaway Scholarship Portal consists of four merit scholarships and one need-based scholarship provided as an incentive for Wyoming students to prepare for and pursue postsecondary education in Wyoming. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Wyoming provided 163,000 for need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Comprehensive Initiative

Wyo. Stat. 21-16-202 - Western Regional Higher Education Compact - When binding; notice of ratification; power of governor to appoint commissioners; powers of commissioners generally; appropriation of monies

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Wyo. Stat. 11-18-119 - Veterinarian Loan Repayment Program; Rulemaking Authority
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1201 - Excellence in Higher Education Endowment Account; Student Scholarship Endowment Account; Distributions by State Treasurer; Legislative Restrictions
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1202 - Excellence in Higher Education Endowment Account Distributions to University of Wyoming
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1203 - Excellence in Higher Education Endowment Account Distributions to Wyoming Community Colleges
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1204 - Excellence in Higher Education Endowment Account; Annual Reports; Review by Committees
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1301 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Definitions
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1301 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Definitions

Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1302 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Hathaway Scholarship Expenditure Account Created; Reserve Account Created; Use and Appropriation of Funds
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1303 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Hathaway Scholarship Program; Eligibility Requirements
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1304 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Hathaway Opportunity, Performance and Honor Scholarships
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1304 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Hathaway Opportunity, Performance and Honor Scholarships

Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1305 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Hathaway Career Scholarhsips
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1305 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Hathaway Provisional Opportunity Scholarhsips

Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1306 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Need Based Scholarships
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1306 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Need Based Scholarships

Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1307 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Success Curriculum; Test Standards
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1308 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Administration; Rules and Regulations
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1309 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Scholarship Amounts
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1310 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Legislative Oversight and Authority
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1311 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Reporting

Wyo. Stat. 21-17-105 - Tuition to be as Nearly Free as Possible; Number, Qualifications and Selection of Tuition-Free Students; Reciprocal Residency
Wyo. Stat. 21-17-122 - Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing for Students with Other Baccalaureate Degrees; Contracts With Students; Repayment of Funds Expended; Deposit of Repayments.
Wyo. Stat. 35-1-1101 - Physician Recruitment Grant Program
Wyo. Stat. 9-2-118 - Physician and Dentist Loan Repayment Program
Wyo. Stat. 9-2-119 - Allied Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program
Wyo. Stat. 9-2-123 - Wyoming Investment in Nursing Loan and Grant Program; Eligibility Criteria; Procedures

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

Wyo. Stat. 21-16-1306 - Hathaway Scholarship Program: Need Based Scholarships

Tuition Savings Plan

Wyo. Stat. 21-16-501 - Advance Payment of Higher Education Costs: Definitions
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-502 - Advance Payment of Higher Education Costs: Advance Payment Contract
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-503 - Advance Payment of Higher Education Costs: Disposition and Investment of Advance Payments; Payment to Institutions of Higher Education; Administrative Costs
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-504 - Advance Payment of Higher Education Costs: Refund of Advance Payment; Conditions; Direct Payment of Benefits
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-505 - Advance Payment of Higher Education Costs: Rules and Regulations
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-809 - Family College Savings Program: Legislative Declaration
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-810 - Family College Savings Program: Definitions
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-811 - Family College Savings Program: Wyoming Family College Savings Program Trust
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-813 - Family College Savings Program: General Powers of Treasurer
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-814 - Family College Savings Program: Financial Institutions
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-815 - Family College Savings Program: Program Requirements
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-816 - Family College Savings Program: Limitations
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-817 - Family College Savings Program: Limitations on Liability
Wyo. Stat. 21-16-818 - Family College Savings Program: Residency
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TEACHING QUALITY

Like many rural states, Wyoming has difficulty attracting and retaining teachers to the western part of the state as well as into small and rural schools. In an effort to ensure that individuals who may not meet the state's "traditional" certification requirements - (i.e., completing an approved teacher education program, including student teaching, background checks; and successful completion of a U.S. Constitution and a Wyoming Constitution course or tests on both) - the state has offered the ability to become certified through portfolio for those with a bachelor's degree and extensive experiences with school age children since 1992. The portfolio, a collection of documented evidence that shows an applicant's lifetime of activities and verifies how he/she meets Wyoming certification standards, is reviewed by a five-member committee, and the state's Professional Teaching Standards Board makes the final determination for certification. The process can also be used to add an endorsement area for those with a current Wyoming certificate. Applicants report needing 100 to 500 hours to complete an entire portfolio. Wyoming also has created the Teacher Policy Institute in partnership with the University of Wyoming to provide research and guidance to the states on teacher quality policy issues. (Last updated 2008)

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

University of Wyoming Regulations (UNIREG) 252 - Superior Student in Education Loan Program
University of Wyoming Regulations (UNIREG) 253, Revision 3 - Superior Student in Education Scholarship Program
Wyo. Stat. 21-17-114 - Scholarship Fund for Students Planning Teaching Careers Authorized; Eligibility; Rulemaking Authority Granted
Wyo. Stat. 21-7-601 - Wyoming Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program; Eligibility Criteria; Procedures; Program Reporting
Wyo. Stat. 21-7-601 - Wyoming Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program; Eligibility Criteria; Procedures; Program Reporting

Licensure and Certification

Wyo. Stat. 21-2-802 - Powers and Duties; Teacher Certification; Suspension and Revocation; Certification Fees; Disposition of Collected Fees
Wyo. Stat. 21-7-303 - Certificate or Permit Required; Exception
Wyo. Stat. 21-7-501 - National Certification Incentive; Certification Fee Reimbursement; Consultants and Mentors; Certified Teacher Pay Incentive Reimbursement

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

Wyo. Stat. 21-2-304(b)(xv) - District Flexibility for Mentoring and Professional Development Programs
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-101 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Short Title
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-102 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Authority to Enter into Agreements
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-103 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Payment of Cost from Public Funds
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-104 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Authority and Status of Students of Teaching
Wyo. Stat. 21-7-501 - National Certification Incentive; Certification Fee Reimbursement; Consultants and Mentors; Certified Teacher Pay Incentive Reimbursement

Professional Development

Wyo. Stat. 21-21-101 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Short Title
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-102 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Authority to Enter into Agreements
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-103 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Payment of Cost from Public Funds
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-104 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Authority and Status of Students of Teaching
Wyo. Stat. 21-7-501 - National Certification Incentive; Certification Fee Reimbursement; Consultants and Mentors; Certified Teacher Pay Incentive Reimbursement

Supply and Demand Strategies

Wyo. Stat. 21-7-601 - Wyoming Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program; Eligibility Criteria; Procedures; Program Reporting

Teacher Preparation

Wyo. Stat. 21-21-101 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Short Title
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-102 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Authority to Enter into Agreements
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-103 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Payment of Cost from Public Funds
Wyo. Stat. 21-21-104 - Cooperative Teacher Education Act: Authority and Status of Students of Teaching
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