Jefferson City Public Schools

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IMPORTANT A+ UPDATES FROM MISSOURI DEPT. OF HIGHER ED (MDHE)

 
1)

2016-2017 A+ Tuition Reimbursement Cap

The 2016-2017 A+ reimbursement cap remains unchanged from the 2015-2016 academic year. For the 2016-2017 academic year, A+ reimbursement will be capped at $159.75 per credit hour and $4.30 per clock hour. The caps are based on the 2016-2017 standard per credit hour rate at State Technical College of Missouri. The clock hour conversion is based on the federal credit to clock hour conversion rate of 37.5 clock hours per credit hour, rounded to the nearest ten cents.

 As a reminder, the determination of whether the reimbursement cap applies should be made after the student’s tuition has been reduced by the non-loan federal aid, primarily the Pell grant. The following steps walk through the cap calculation process.

·         Step 1: Calculate the amount of the student’s reimbursement cap. The tuition reimbursement cap is calculated by multiplying the number of credit or clock hours in the payment period by the amount of the cap ($159.75 or $4.30, respectively). General fees are then added to produce the student’s reimbursement cap.

·         Step 2: Calculate the standard reimbursement amount. The standard reimbursement calculation is made by adding tuition for the payment period and general fees, then subtracting Pell and other non-loan federal aid. Institutions that choose to handle withdrawn coursework by reducing the award amount for subsequent terms must also subtract the amount the student was ineligible to receive in a previous term due to withdrawn coursework. The result of this calculation is the standard reimbursement amount.

·         Step 3: Compare the student’s reimbursement cap to the standard reimbursement amount. If the standard reimbursement amount (Step 2) is less than the student’s reimbursement cap (Step 1), the student is eligible to receive the full standard reimbursement amount. If the standard reimbursement amount is greater than the cap, the student is eligible to receive the amount of the student’s reimbursement cap.

The attached examples outline the cap calculation for both credit hour and clock hour institutions.

 Institutions with programs affected by the cap may request a waiver of this requirement on a program by program basis. Institutions that have previously received a waiver do not need to submit a new request, unless the waiver period has expired. The written request should be submitted to the commissioner of higher education and include at a minimum:

·         Documentation of the program’s high demand by students and employers,

·         Data on recent program outcomes (graduation rate, placement rate, licensure rate, etc.), and

·         Justification for the program’s cost above the cap, particularly in relation to comparable programs offered at community colleges and other types of A+ participating institutions in your area.

If you have any questions, please contact:

 Connie Bestgen, financial aid specialist

800-473-6757, option 4, 573-751-1772, or connie.bestgen@dhe.mo.gov

 Amy Haller, financial aid specialist

573-526-7958 or amy.haller@dhe.mo.gov

 Kelli Reed, student assistance associate

573-751-2444 or kelli.reed@dhe.mo.gov

 

 
2)  A+ Algebra I EOC Alternative Eligibility Thresholds  2/11/16

On December 24, 2015, the Missouri Department of Higher Education requested feedback from the A+ community on a proposed change to the Algebra I end-of-course exam alternatives for the 2017 A+ high school seniors. The proposed change stemmed from recommendations made by a task force of high school and postsecondary A+ coordinators. MDHE received input from several individuals that generally supported the proposal. Based on the feedback received, MDHE submitted the proposal without change to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education for approval at its February 4, 2016 meeting. This message provides notice of the alternatives for the 2017 seniors approved by the CBHE.

The 2017 high school seniors who do not achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I, or a higher level math, EOC must achieve one of the following standardized test scores or have a combined ACT math score and high school GPA in accordance with the following scale.

Standardized Test Score

Score

Test

17

ACT math subtest

43

COMPASS Pre-Algebra

1

COMPASS Algebra

 ACT Math/High School GPA Scale

ACT Math Score

 

High School GPA

17

and

2.5 or greater

16

and

2.8 or greater

15

and

3.0 or greater

In addition, MDHE recommended and the CBHE approved that the COMPASS exam be discontinued as a means of establishing eligibility for the 2018 high school seniors. As a result, the 2018 seniors will not be able to establish eligibility based on a COMPASS score even if it has already been achieved. (Note:  ACT is discontinuing the COMPASS test.  For more information:  https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/06/18/act-drops-popular-compass-placement-test-acknowledging-its-predictive-limits)

The standardized test scores are the same scores established for the 2015 and 2016 seniors. This alternative accommodates the 2017 seniors who have already taken the COMPASS exam or will have the opportunity to take the exam before it is phased out in November 2016. Although MDHE received a comment on, and is aware of, issues with the COMPASS Algebra score of 1, the score was retained to lessen confusion and frustration for students and parents in the final year the exam will be available.

The ACT math/high school GPA scale was established to reflect placement practices already in use by some institutions. It also recognizes that student success may be predicted by more than a single test score, especially for students that do not test well.  Although it was suggested that the scale be extended below an ACT math score of 15, the data currently available indicates a very small number of students would benefit. As a result, the score of 15 was retained as the floor. However, we will continue to monitor this and may adjust the scale in the future.

One comment recommended the sliding scale be implemented for the 2018 seniors instead of the 2017 seniors. Although such a delay would provide more time for students to become aware of the change, MDHE was concerned that not all 2017 seniors will have access to the COMPASS exam and those that cannot take the exam may not achieve the qualifying ACT math score.  In addition, the alternatives are announced in early spring of students’ junior year to ensure they receive timely information about any changes. As a result, the sliding scale was approved for the 2017 seniors to ensure they have reasonable opportunity to qualify for the A+ Scholarship.

 

 

THE PARENT/STUDENT PORTAL HAS AN A+ TAB WHICH WILL ALLOW PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO CHECK THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

 
 
 A+ PORTAL INFO
 
  PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE CAMPUS PORTAL WEBLINK ABOVE TO SUBSCRIBE.  (Red JCPS Title Bar)
 
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A+ Schools Program
 
 

Karen R. Brickey (A+ Schools Coordinator & Project Lead The Way Coordinator)

Telephone: (573) 659-3048 

 
 Jennifer Rissmiller (A+ Secretary)
 
Telephone:  (573) 659 - 3058
 
 
 
 

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EDUCATION BACKGROUND:

1984 Jefferson City High School Graduate

1988 BSEd University of Central Missouri (Mathematics)
 
1990 MEd University of Missouri - Columbia (Mathematics Education)
 
2011 EdS William Woods University (Administration)

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