Counting ParticipantsLet's take a look at some of the factors involved in actually counting an adult or Participant type student for FTE. Here are a number of things to be considered, right out of the "Official" documentation. The four "Official" count dates are; To be counted for state aid, students must:
This is essentially it for regular adult traditional classes. What's a "traditional" class you ask? A traditional class is one in which all the students are studying the same lessons at the same time  but beginning with the 20022003 school year, the folks in Lansing have decided that all classes can be treated as Traditional classes for FTE purposes. But, "We do Learning Centers!" you say. Ok, let's review: Here is what Lansing says
"What does this mean?" you may ask There was talk that we were to determine what a "typical" class would be. You would determine how many hours per week and how many hours total for the semester would be in a "typical" class in your district. That would give you the "typical" FTE value for each class and the student would take as many classes as would fit in a week. Let's consider this example: a "typical" adult high school completion class is normally scheduled for 3.5 hours one night a week for the 18 weeks in the semester. Here is the math.
So that means that if a student is taking three adult high school completion classes per week we would count that student for 3 times 0.14 for a total FTE value of 0.42. But, they could come anytime convenient during the week while your Learning Center is open. Bear in mind that the above quoted two sentences are the only written documentation we have seen on this subject. This concept is new and untested and as of this writing is not provided in STUREC(c). To view the two versions of Official documentation, click
here for one or here
for the other.
