The Office of Higher Education administers the Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program for development of new concurrent enrollment courses and expansion of existing concurrent programs. Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses taught in high school by qualified high school teachers during the regular school day and offered through a partnership between a high school and a college or university.
The grant program was established by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature. The 2021 higher education omnibus bill provided $225,000 each year of the 2021-2022 biennium to support development of new concurrent enrollment courses in career and technical education and $115,000 each year of the 2021-2022 biennium for the expansion of existing concurrent enrollment programs by a postsecondary institution currently offering a concurrent enrollment course. During the fiscal year 2022 grant cycle, the expansion grants may also cover services related to outreach, recruitment, and student success for programs targeting students traditionally underrepresented in college.
CriteriaThe program awards grants to postsecondary institutions in Minnesota that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Programs (NACEP) or working toward NACEP accreditation.
Request for Proposals
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is currently seeking postsecondary institutions to facilitate 1-3 community listening sessions for students who are underrepresented in dual enrollment and their families. The goal of the listening sessions is to understand and learn what is and isn’t working for underrepresented communities within Minnesota’s concurrent enrollment structure.
Postsecondary institutions who are eligible to provide concurrent enrollment opportunities are invited to apply for up to $10,000 to host 1-3 listening sessions during August and September 2022, with a report due in October 2022. Listening session topics/questions will be provided, though the sessions can be used to gather additional feedback for internal use.
|RFP posted on the Office of Higher Education web site||June 7, 2022|
|Applications due no later than 4:30 pm central time||June 20, 2022|
|Selected grantees announced; grant agreement negotiations begin||July 1, 2022|
|Anticipated contract signing||July 8, 2022|
|Listening sessions held August/September|
|Final report on listening sessions due||October 15, 2022|
Fiscal Year 2020 Grant RecipientsFiscal Year 2020 funded projects are:
Career and Technical Education Course Development
- Century College, $40,214, "Information Technology Career Pathways: Community School of Excellence"
- Century College, $48,085, ‘Building Concurrent Enrollment in Manufacturing Pathways’
- Minnesota State College Southeast, $13,608, ‘Expanding Concurrent Enrollment at Red Wing High School to Meet the Needs of the Winger Flight Paths Program’
- Minnesota State College Southeast, $13,743, ‘Developing Concurrent Enrollment at Caledonia High School to Meet the Needs of the PN in the High School Program’
ReportsFiscal Year 2022 Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program Legislative Report