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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to University of Wisconsin System and Department of Public Instruction Legal Counsel Concerning the "Course Options" Statute as it Relates to Concurrent Enrollment

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion today to University of Wisconsin System General Counsel Tomas Stafford and Department of Public Instruction Chief Legal Counsel Janet Jenkins concerning the effect of the recently enacted “course options” statute on the long-standing practice of concurrent enrollment, sometimes called “College Credit in High School.”  Concurrent enrollment enables high school students to take college-level courses in their own schools that qualify for college credit.  These courses are provided by the University of Wisconsin System in conjunction with participating high schools.


Mr. Stafford and Ms. Jenkins asked whether the concurrent enrollment program comes within the ambit of the “course options” statute.  The question is important because it affects how and by whom the tuition for concurrent enrollment courses will be paid.  Van Hollen concluded that the “course options” statute does apply to concurrent enrollment classes.


A copy of the Attorney General's opinion is available here.


A copy of the opinion request is available here.


Formal and informal opinions issued by Attorney General Van Hollen are available here.