Amendment of 1E SBCCC 800.2 – “General Provisions”
On 20 October 2017, the State Board of Community Colleges voted to amend 1E SBCCC 800.2 – “General Provisions” to conform with the new legislative reporting requirement established in S.L. 2017-57, sec. 9.10.(c).
Amendment of 1G SBCCC 100.1 – “Definitions”
On 20 October 2017, the State Board of Community Colleges voted to amend 1G SBCCC 100.1 – “Definitions” because the proposed amendment to 1D SBCCC 400.1(c) – “Credit Hours” incorporates the definition of “credit hours.” As such, it would be duplicative for the definition of “credit hours” to remain in 1G SBCCC 100.1 – “Definitions.”
Amendment of 1D SBCCC Subchapter 400 – “Curriculum”
On 20 October 2017, the State Board of Community Colleges voted to amend 1D SBCCC Subchapter 400 – “Curriculum” to incorporate rules for Career and College Promise pursuant to Session Law 2011-145. The amendment also incorporates the addition of new degrees (Associate of Engineering, Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Music, AFA in Theatre, AFA in Visual Arts, Associate in General Education in Nursing) approved by the State Board of Community Colleges. In addition, rules are incorporated for the Curriculum Program Application Process approved in 2012. The updates are provided to reflect provisions approved under the 2014 Comprehensive Articulation Agreement and approved for Work Based Learning by the State Board of Community Colleges in 2013.
Amendment of 1D SBCCC 300.4 – “Program Management”
On 20 October 2017, the State Board of Community Colleges voted to amend 1D SBCCC 300.4 – “Program Management.” In S.L. 2017-57, sec. 9.10(b), the General Assembly amended G.S. 115D-20(4)a.2 to expand non-credit courses leading to industry credentials for H.S. Students. G.S. 115D‐20(4)a.2. is rewritten as follows:
2. Academic transition pathways for qualified junior and senior high school students that lead to a career technical education certificate or diploma certificate, diploma, or State or industry‐recognized credential and academic transition pathways for qualified freshmen and sophomore high school students that lead to a career technical education certificate or diploma in (i) industrial and engineering technologies, (ii) agriculture and natural resources, or (iii) transportation technology.
The change amends 1D SBCCC 300.4(c) to provide colleges the guidelines for adopting the language in G.S. 115D-20(40)a.2.
Further, the change amends 1D SBCCC 300.4(a) to provide consistent language within the SBCC Code around the Continuing Education Accountability and Integrity Plan as well as providing clarification on the minimum components of a class visitation plan as referenced in 1G SBCCC 400.3(c)(2). Additionally, the rules for Career and College Promise for Continuing Education are included in the amendment.
Amendments to the Senior Citizen Audit Rules
On 20 October 2017, the State Board of Community Colleges (“SBCC”) voted to amend the following:
1D SBCCC 700.1 – “Audited Courses”
1E SBCCC 100.1 – “Definitions”
1E SBCCC Subchapter 1000 – “Audited Courses”
In Section 10.12 of Session Law 2017-57, the NC General Assembly directed the SBCC to adopt policies allowing senior citizens to audit courses at North Carolina community colleges without payment of any required registration fee or tuition to audit the class. In addition to the rules for senior citizens, the SBCC found it important to have a framework for audited courses in general. Therefore, because there was not a general auditing rule currently in the SBCC Code, a general auditing rule accompanied the rules for senior citizens.
On 21 July 2017, the SBCC temporarily adopted 1D SBCCC 700.1 – “Audited Courses,” amended 1E SBCCC 100.1 – “Definitions,” and adopted 1E SBCCC Subchapter 1000 – “Audited Courses” pursuant to 3B SBCCC 400.1(a). The SBCC made the temporary rules effective retroactively to 1 July 2017.
In partnership with community college administrators, the Programs division staff reviewed the temporary rules to recommend permanent rules. The review process resulted in minor adjustments.
In response to legislative direction and within the parameters of 3B SBCCC 400.1(a), the Programs division staff requested that the SBCC approve the permanent rules as follows:
• 1D SBCCC 700.1 – “Audited Courses”:
o There may be many reasons that a student audits a course besides “self-enrichment.” The change removes the limitation of motive to audit a course.
o Local colleges need a method to limit the eligibility of courses for audit. It is not academically sound for some courses to be offered as an audit.
1E SBCCC 100.1 – “Definitions”: No changes are recommended.
1E SBCCC Subchapter 1000 – “Audited Courses”: The minor change clarifies the “Self Supporting Fees” paragraph.
Amendment of 1B SBCCC 500.1 – “Excused Absence for Military Service”
On 20 October 2017, the State Board of Community Colleges voted to amend 1B SBCCC 500.1 – “Excused Absence for Military Service.” In Section 2 of H.B. 486, the NC General Assembly directed the State Board of Community Colleges (“SBCC”) to adopt and implement a uniform policy throughout the Community College System to provide any student enrolled in a community college who is a National Guard service member placed onto State active duty status during an academic term shall be given an excused absence for the period of time the student is on active duty. Further, the policies shall provide options to the student for completion or withdrawal from classes that will not penalize the student academically.
On 21 July 2017, the SBCC temporarily adopted 1B SBCCC 500.1 – “School Absence for National Guard Service” pursuant to 3B SBCCC 400.1(a). The SBCC made the temporary rule effective retroactively to 1 July 2017.
System Office staff reviewed the temporary rule to recommend a permanent rule. Further, because North Carolina serves a large population of students who are in the military, increasing those who are eligible for the accommodations beyond the National Guard will help the colleges better serve students who are attempting to balance their education and military duties. Thus, the review process resulted in agreement to recommend the broadening of the impact of the rule to all those serving in the military, not just the National Guard.
In response to legislative direction and within the parameters of 3B SBCCC 400.1(a), the System Office staff requested that the SBCC approve the permanent rule.
Adoption of 1G SBCCC Subchapters 300 – “Reserved for Future Codification” and 400 – “FTE Reporting Accountability”
On 20 October 2017, the State Board of Community Colleges voted to adopt 1G SBCCC Subchapter 400 - “FTE Reporting Accountability” to establish rules regarding FTE Reporting Accountability pursuant to G.S. 115D-5(m). 1G SBCCC Subchapter 300 is reserved for future codification. The requirement to adopt rules was included in legislation enacted through the 2015 Appropriations Act. The rules will govern the Compliance Services function, including the frequency, scope, and standard of materiality used when conducting compliance reviews.
On 20 April 2018, the State Board of Community Colleges voted to amend 1C SBCCC 200.94 - “Holiday Leave.” After the report issued by the Office of State Auditor on January 25, 2018, the State Board of Community Colleges sought to avoid potential inequities created between community college and State employees participating in the same Teachers and State Employees Retirement System (TSERS), by community college employees earning annual leave being paid more Holiday Leave than State employees.
The rule will be effective 1 July 2018. The new rule will be published on the NC Community College System's website, www.nccommunitycolleges.edu, under "State Board Code." For your convenience, a copy of the rule is attached to this memorandum.