Legislative Background on Dual Enrollment

AB 288 College and Career Access Pathways Act

Dual Enrollment agreements in the California Community College system are made possible by California's AB 288 College and Career Access Pathways Act.

This Program provides courses in both the Transfer and Career Pathways allowing high school students to get a jump start on their college education by taking college credited course while still in high school.

Participation in Dual Enrollment courses can shortening a college trajectory by at least one year, improve college success rates, and save over $5,000 toward a college degree.

Highlights of AB 288 Dual Enrollment Law

  • Expands dual enrollment possibilities for HS students
  • Allows CCC's and HS Districts to establish College and Career Access Pathway Partnership agreements to offer transfer and CTE pathways to HS students
  • Increases the units that HS students can take at community colleges (up to 15 per term)
  • Allows community colleges to offer classes on HS campuses that are open only to HS students
  • The college hires, employs, sets the wages and working conditions for the college teacher
  • Waives student registration fees for HS students enrolling in designated college classes
  • HS teachers may be eligible to serve as Delta faculty for specific courses if they meet state minimum qualifications

Key Requirements of the Law

  • Each board must approve a formal partnership agreement
  • The entities must comply with non-discrimination laws
  • College instructors must be free of prior convictions for sex crimes
  • Reports must be filed with appropriate state agencies, including a college report to the Chancellor's Office on student success patterns
  • The college claims Average Daily Attendance apportionment revenue for the college classes, not the HS district
  • Each district must abide by collective bargaining agreements
  • No physical education courses can be offered in the pathway