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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 19, 2014 11:01 AM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Expansion of Dual Enrollment Task Force
In the near future I will be introducing a bill to create a Dual Enrollment Expansion Task Force to review and make recommendations for expanding dual enrollment and advanced placement opportunities that allow students to obtain college credits while in high school to ultimately make college education more affordable. This bill was SB1500 last session.

The task force will be made up of a wide range of key education representatives. It will meet throughout a year span researching, reviewing, holding public hearings and meeting with experts needed to thoroughly vent the current dual enrollment and advanced placements opportunities to determine the best possible way to expand or create new opportunities if voids are found. The task force is charged with making findings and recommendations at the conclusion of the year.

Pennsylvania has some of the highest costs for public, private and community college education in the nation. Pennsylvania funds public higher education at approximately 50 percent of the national average. In Pennsylvania, an estimated 71 percent of students graduate with a debt, with the average of $32,258 per student.
This bill is part of the multi-faceted College Access Plan (CAP). CAP is a comprehensive package of legislation designed to improve student access to higher education, reduce student debt and jump-start Pennsylvania's economy.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Lisa M. Felix at lfelix@pasenate.com or at 705-5849.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Introduced as SB104