.02 Continuing Education.

A. A college may not identify a continuing education course or a series of continuing education courses as credit programs.

B. Procedures and Requirements for State Funding (Not Applicable to Baltimore City Community College).

(1) A college shall submit to the Commission enrollment information for all State-approved noncredit continuing education courses offered during a fiscal year.

(2) A college may not receive State funding for continuing education courses until the Commission approves the courses.

(3) A college shall conduct and advertise continuing education courses in accordance with the approved description, objectives, and title.

(4) A college shall teach continuing education courses for a minimum of 5 contact hours, unless a lesser number of hours is specifically approved by the Commission for purposes of certification or contracted training.

(5) The Commission may not approve recreational courses for State funding.

(6) A continuing education course shall be approved for a period of not less than 2 fiscal years unless the college has been otherwise notified in writing by the Commission.

(7) The Commission may not retroactively apply new submission and evaluation criteria to continuing education courses approved for State funding.

(8) A college shall maintain an open file of general course descriptions and course objectives for each continuing education course offered.

(9) A college shall retain original enrollment records for continuing education courses certifying student eligibility for State aid for at least 5 years.

(10) When two or more colleges jointly sponsor a noncredit continuing education course, participating students shall be enrolled, recorded, and registered by the college that will ultimately submit the request for State funding for the course.

(11) A student enrolled in continuing education courses for which State funding is requested shall pay tuition or fees, or both, unless otherwise permitted by State law.

(12) A college may not receive State funding for students younger than 16 years old enrolled in continuing education courses, unless otherwise permitted by State law.

(13) A high school student concurrently enrolled in continuing education courses that are part of the student's high school curriculum may not be submitted for State funding.

(14) An employee of the college who is enrolled in continuing education courses without payment of tuition, either through tuition waiver, tuition payment-reimbursement, or by direct finance of the course work by individual college departments, may not be submitted for State funding.

(15) Instruction in continuing education courses shall involve either direct or delayed faculty and student interaction which may include interactive video, live and video teleconferencing, and computer conferencing.

(16) A continuing education course that is approved for State funding shall be open to the public, except when the course is being offered under contract to meet employee training needs.