Educational Assistance Program (IBSSS and ISD)
A. The educational
assistance program is designed to accomplish the following objectives:
provide for institutional needs in relation to areas of staff development which will aid
the schools in better accomplishing their objectives.
fulfill each schools mission and accomplish goals and objectives to provide staff
members who have knowledge and skill to fill needed critical positions for which there is
a scarcity of qualified applicants.
stimulate interest in and provide incentive to staff members who have special abilities in
critical areas to increase their knowledge and skill so they may have the opportunity to
achieve their potential in their current positions.
provide added incentive to supervisory personnel to maximize their management potential. For purposes of this program supervisory personnel
are those positions excluded from bargaining units due to their supervisory or management
Any permanent employee of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School and the Iowa
School for the Deaf who has completed one year of service with the school is eligible for
consideration for the benefits provided under this program.
employee receiving other financial assistance, such as scholarship aid, GI funds, etc.,
will be eligible to receive educational assistance to the extent that the sum total of all
methods of reimbursement does not exceed 100 percent of tuition.
C. Acceptable Courses of
This program is exclusively designed for
school-related courses of study. Any course
of study must be in an area which has a relationship to the tasks accomplished within the
institution, the requirements of the position the individual currently holds and/or
requirements for the learning of skills for which the institution has need.
Each individual school shall work out a
curriculum for basic courses and degrees needed by the agency in order to fulfill its
A staff member may, under this program, attend any accredited institution of higher
learning within the state. Attendance at
out-of-state institutions may be approved on a limited basis, provided there are
geographical or educational considerations that make attendance at a state institution
impractical. In this statement, accreditation refers to accreditation as an
educational institution and a specific program of study that is approved or accredited by
the profession as meeting the standards of the state of arts.
Tuition Reimbursements for Acceptable Courses of Study
Employees are required to first seek enrollment into evening and Saturday classes;
tuition reimbursement may be granted for a maximum of six credit hours at one time.
If the necessary courses are not available during evenings and Saturdays, leave and
tuition reimbursement may be granted for a maximum of six credit hours at any one time.
When leave is granted, the individuals work schedule will be modified to the
extent feasible to accommodate class hours. However,
as much as possible, the individual will be expected to make up the time.
An employee will be reimbursed for tuition and fees upon submission of an original
paid receipt from the academic institution to the designated agency representative.
Prior to reimbursement, the employee must provide proof of successful completion of
a. Successful completion of undergraduate course
shall require attainment of at least a C grade.
b. Successful completion of a graduate course
shall require attainment of at least a B grade.
c. Successful completion of a vocational or correspondence course shall be recorded by submittal of an official certificate or diploma.
Without Pay: At the discretion
of the superintendent and with the approval of the Board of Regents, a permanent employee
may be granted educational leave without pay to attend an accredited institution for
courses that are school related. While all
educational expenses are covered by the employee, the employee will have the right to
return to the position at the same level with the same classification.
With Stipends: The school may,
subject to the availability of funds, grant a tuition reimbursement (full or partial) or a
stipend for an individual who is on leave without pay to attend an accredited educational
institution for school-related courses. Stipend
is defined as a specific sum of money sufficient to cover all or part of the cost of
tuition, books, and other course-related materials.
With Pay: The school may, at
the discretion of the superintendent and with the approval of the Board of Regents, State
of Iowa, approve applications for educational assistance programs with pay, as determined
by the superintendent, for a limited number of employees based on institutional needs and
the availability of funds.
Full-time educational leave may be granted
for a period of one academic year, but may be extended upon request of the applicant,
subject to the discretion of the superintendent and the Board of Regents, and based upon
institutional needs, availability of institutional funds, and academic performance. Leave may be granted for one academic year at
one-half pay, or the equivalent of one-half of an academic year at full pay.
Selection of Applicants
While the selection of applicants is at the
sole discretion of the superintendent, it is the express policy of the Board of Regents to
offer all qualified applicants an equal opportunity to participate in the educational
assistance program within the limitations imposed by the availability of funds and agency
staffing requirements. The schools will also
encourage continued education by allowing employees flexible work schedules and unpaid
leaves of absence whenever possible, consistent with the efficient administration of the
Reporting of Educational Assistance Programs Participation
Requests for educational leaves may be
granted by the superintendent and reported in the Register of Personnel Changes, except
that full-time educational assistance programs shall be submitted for approval to the
Board by the superintendent. Each request for
a full-time educational assistance program shall contain information as to the length of
service of the individual and an estimate of additional net budgetary support necessary to
finance all leaves.
Each institution shall submit a yearly
evaluation and report or discussion and costs regarding educational assistance programs.
Any staff member who receives reimbursement
for tuition shall agree to remain in the active employment of the school for a period of
one month for every unit of credit earned or to repay to the State of Iowa such
compensation as [the staff member] received. Months
shall be counted beginning with the first full month of active employment following the
official semester closing date of the institution wherein the employee is enrolled.
Any staff member granted participation in
educational assistance programs shall agree either to return to the, institution granting
such participation for a period of not less than two years or to repay the State of Iowa
such compensation as [the staff member] received during such participation. (Iowa Code §