SAU 24/NEC PARTNERSHIP POINTS POLICY


School Administrative Unit # 24
New England College Partnership Points Policy
Use of District Earned “Points” to Access NEC Courses

NEC Partnership Points Policy Application

Policy Statement:  To enhance the partnership between the school districts of SAU # 24 and New England College.  All employees of SAU # 24 are entitled to apply for tuition remission at New England College utilizing the following guidelines:

Each school will earn points that will be compiled for use.

  1. Points will be earned by the SAU, not by individuals.
  2. Points will be earned by the District in the following manner:Tally of points earned will be maintained by the Director of Teacher Certification at New England College and shared with the Superintendent of Schools on a semester basis.
    1. .5 for Service Learning Activities (i.e. Reading Buddies)
    2. 1.0 for a Practicum
    3. 2.0 for a Methods Class Contact
    4. 3.0 for Student Teacher Supervision
    5. For field experience points are earned accordingly:
      • A 12 - 15 credit internship (fulltime) earns 3 points
      • A 9 – 11 credit internship earns 2.5 points
      • A 5 - 8 credit internship earns 2 points
      • A 2 – 4 credit internship earns 1.5 points
      • A 1 credit internship earns 1 point
  3. Contracts must be signed, priority ranking determined, and returned to NEC for points to be applied, if there are sufficient points in the bank.

Selection Criteria: Awarding of points will be prioritized as follows:

  1. Teachers who have taken NEC teacher education students (student teachers, practicum students, methods students, and field experience interns) and are included in the collective bargaining agreement have first priority.
  2. Teachers from SAU # 24 schools who have not taken NEC students and are included in the collective bargaining agreement.
  3. Administrators and other certified staff, including SAU employees (Occupational Therapist, Nurse, etc.) will be considered next.
  4. Paraprofessionals have the fourth consideration, if points are available.
  5. Other support staff employed by the districts who have direct contact with students will be the fifth consideration.
  6. Part-time employees are eligible for points on a pro-rated basis.

Application Process:

  1. Complete an Application Form and submit to the Superintendent.
  2. Approval is required from:
    1. Building Administrator
    2. Superintendent of Schools
    3. Director of Teacher Certification at New England College.
  3. Timeline of Application submittal.
    Applications will be only accepted for each session for a two-week period of time, as noted below:After all applications are received, they will be prioritized by the SAU according to the selection criteria. The final selection approval will be done by the Superintendent, following the policy and dates of submittal, a a priority ranking will be provided. The applications will be then forwarded to the NEC Director of Teacher Certification, who will then award the available points and develop a waiting list as needed. The applications will be returned to the Superintendent with the approval status and total points awarded. A copy of the approval will also be sent to the Graduate and Professional Programs Office and the Office of Student Financial Services.
    • For Summer term: approved applications will be accepted prior to each summer term.
    • For Fall term, approved applications will be accepted prior to the start of the Fall term. If the term is a 7 week session then before the start of each 7 week session.
    • For January term, approved applications will be accepted prior to the start of January term.
    • For Spring term, approved applications will be accepted prior to the start of Spring term. If the term is a 7 week session then before the start of each 7 week session.
  4. When the application is completed and approved, a copy of the application will be sent directly to the applicant from the NEC Director of Teacher Certification.

Restrictions:

  1. Each applicant may apply for up to 4 credits per term, for a total of no more than 8 credits per school year (July 1st - June 30th).
  2. A grade of a B must be received in order for the partnership points to be used. A grade lower than a B will mean the applicant must pay New England College for the per credit cost of the course.
  3. If an applicant withdraws from a course, the applicant must pay New England College for the per credit cost of the course.
  4. Partnership Points cannot be used for non-standard classes such as directed studies, independent studies, Summer Institute, and K-12 Alliance. These points are to be used for enrollment in standard classes and SAUniversity Special Classes only.

NEC use of Points:

1 point for each Undergraduate Credit
4 points for each Graduate Credit
6 points for each Doctoral Credit (exceptions are dissertation work and comprehensive projects)

Revised: June, 2013