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COOPERATIVE INNOVATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
(CIHS) PROGRAMS

The Innovative Education Initiatives Act and the Cooperative Innovative High School Programs statute were passed by the General Assembly in 2003 and revised in 2005. These statutes encourage high schools to be innovative and participate in reform activities. LEAs are encouraged to partner with their local postsecondary educational institution(s) to establish a high school program that would target students who are at risk of dropping out of high school before attaining a high school diploma or a program that would offer accelerated learning opportunities. High school reform efforts requiring exemptions from any state statute, board policies, administrative procedures and regulations should be submitted following the procedures and format provided in the attached packet. This includes, but is not limited to, Learn and Earn and the New Schools Project. It is important that the application and exemptions requests be submitted according to established timelines. Exemptions will be approved by the State Board of Education only once each semester. See "Important Dates" below.


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Important information for universities and private colleges partnering with Cooperative Innovative High Schools

General Statute 115C-238.54 governs funding for Cooperative Innovative High Schools. Session Law 2012-142 (House Bill 950) Section 7.11, modified this statute as follows to clarify reimbursable expenses for public universities and private colleges:

"(h) The State Board of Education shall reimburse The University of North Carolina for tuition for courses taken by students at cooperative innovative high schools that have a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina as their partner institution of higher education and were approved under G.S. 115C-238.51A(c). Tuition payments shall not exceed the annual Board of Governors-approved undergraduate resident tuition rate calculated on a per credit hour basis and shall not include fees. In addition, the cooperative innovative high school students' credit hours shall be nonfundable under The University of North Carolina Semester Credit Hour Enrollment Change Funding Model. The State Board of Education shall not reimburse The University of North Carolina for tuition for courses taken by students at cooperative innovative high schools that have a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina as their partner institution of higher education and were approved under G.S. 115C-238.51A(b).

(i) The State Board of Education shall reimburse private North Carolina colleges for tuition for courses taken by students at cooperative innovative high schools that have a private North Carolina college as their partner institution of higher education and were approved under G.S. 115C-238.51A(c). Tuition payments shall not exceed the highest undergraduate resident rate approved by the Board of Governors for The University of North Carolina constituent institutions and shall not include fees. The State Board of Education shall not reimburse private North Carolina colleges for tuition for courses taken by students at cooperative innovative high schools that have a private North Carolina college as their partner institution of higher education and were approved under G.S. 115C-238.51A(b)."

Effective July 1, 2012, the Department of Public Instruction implemented this change to reimburse institutions for the tuition of the students attending Cooperative Innovative High Schools.

Universities and private colleges partnered with innovative high schools must request tuition reimbursement from the Department of Public Instruction. To receive a reimbursement, specific information must be provided to ensure compliance with financial accounting and audit requirements. This information is provided in the documentation below.

2011 University Billing Memorandum
(pdf, 184kb)

University Tuition Billing Spreadsheet
(xls, 31kb)

Specific questions regarding tuition reimbursements should be directed to the NCDPI Division of School Business at 919.807.3700.