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SBCTC Policy Manual
Chapter 3: Student Services


3.20.00 Admission/Access to Colleges and Enrollment in Courses

3.20.10 Admission to a Community or Technical College

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges:

  1. Requires college districts to maintain an open door policy in admitting students (see RCW 28B.50.090 (3)(b)).
  2. Sets minimum standards for governing the admission of students to community or technical colleges (see RCW 28B.50.090 (7)(d); WAC 131-12-010), including the requirement that all international students must demonstrate proficiency in both written and oral English as a prerequisite for enrollment.
  3. Expects colleges to have a written policy on admitting students under 18 who are not admitted under the provisions of Running Start or another local enrollment options program (see WAC 131-12-010 (1)(e)).
  4. Requires colleges to establish rules and procedures that provide for intercampus and inter-college enrollment of students (see WAC 131-12-040) and for interdistrict registration of students (see RCW 28B.50.095; WAC 131-12-041).

3.20.20 Access for Students of Color

The State Board believes Washington’s community and technical colleges are the key points of access to higher education for people of color. The Board supports this belief through an earmarked allocation to colleges for the recruitment and retention of students of color. In addition, the Board believes the colleges should:

  1. Be leaders in improving access for students of color.
  2. Continuously seek mechanisms to improve the success for students, faculty, and staff of color.
  3. Incorporate institutional goals for campus diversity and participation by people of color into the college’s strategic plan. Institutional goals should be consistent with statewide goals (see Access and Success for System Goals for People of Color in Washington Community and Technical Colleges).
  4. Provide progress reports to the Board with an assessment of the college’s effort upon request.

3.20.30 Access for Students with Disabilities

Community and technical colleges shall provide students with disabilities the appropriate core service(s) to ensure equal access to higher education. Reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities shall be provided for all aspects of college life, including nonacademic programs and services (see RCW 28B.10.910 through RCW 28B.10.918).

The State Board supports the colleges to provide services and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities through an earmarked allocation and Disability Accommodation Pool (see Disability Accommodation Pool Guidelines).

3.20.40 Residency Status

The State Board requires that community colleges must:

  1. Determine a student’s residency status at the time of initial admission by any college for tuition and fee purposes (see WAC 131-12-020; RCW 28B.15.012 through RCW 28B.15.014; Community College Tuition Waivers and Residency). However, for students enrolled exclusively in “ungraded”, contract, and/or student funded courses, residency determination for the purpose of assessing tuition and fees is prohibited.
  2. Provide for the recovery of fees for improper resident classification consistent with the rules adopted by the Higher Education Coordinating Board (see RCW 28B.15.015).

Policy History

ActionDescriptionRevision Date
Disability Support Services Council (DSSC) requested reporting and payment for Disability Accommodation Reserve Funds be changed from quarterly to annual allocation. 3.20.30 updated “Quarterly Disability Accommodation Reserve Fund” with the name of the new online annual reporting system – “Disability Accommodation Pool”.   7/1/2008
SBCTC Resolution 02-09-16 Board approved Policy Manual 9/19/2002

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