AEP Questions and Answers
This is a collection of questions that are most frequently asked of the AEP Office. They are organized by topic area and will be updated as needed.
If you are a college, you can use the CCFS-320 Reporting System or TOPSPro or your local attendance system. (K12 & COEs can use TOPSPro or their attendance system). If these systems do not report minor increments (like 30 minutes) or did not track services, then you would not report these in NOVA as you have no system verification. Please remember that all hours must be verifiable.
Yes – this is the total hours of instruction or service by program area collected by our systems between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Yes, please only report hours for noncredit classes in the seven adult education program areas.
Yes. Please report any of these instructional hours based on the distance-learning model (where students accrue hours without necessarily being in the classroom or being with the teacher).
Your attendance system should be able to do this. TOPSPro has this capability by program area.
Then you would not be able to report any hours for those services. Keep in mind, your hours reported in NOVA must reflect verifiable data. Since this will become an annual process, we hope that next year’s report will capture all of these services and reflect a truer picture.
Yes. There would be zero hours for that member. But they could still report operational costs and leveraged funds.
Services can be any assessment, counseling, intake, placement, orientation, support service, transition services, etc. a student may receive at the agency school site. Students can receive services outside of the classroom instructional hours. However, this will vary by how each agency sets up their program and tracks hours in their systems.
We are reporting dollars received and spent/expensed between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. For example, if you collected $100,000 dollars in fees for an adult education program, we are assuming those fees were expended. In general, all collected fees, during the period, should be reported in NOVA for this exercise. Note: community education, community services, and contract education are fee-based programs, but are outside of the California Adult Education Program.
Please report the seven adult education noncredit program areas regardless of funding. So. any expenses related to noncredit ESL, ABE/ASE, AWD, K12 Success, CTE, Workforce Reentry, and/or Pre-Apprenticeship courses must be submitted in NOVA for this exercise.
At a minimum, we will be required to report state funded expenses for the prior state fiscal program year by program area. Estimates would be due in September, with actuals to be certified in December. More details later this year.
We are tracking all reportable individuals one or more hour of services and/or instruction. If you entered the student record and hours in TOPSPro, then you can report that in NOVA for this exercise.
Use the student update record to report service hours in TE just like you would for class hours. It would be helpful to identify a program area by creating a class.
This is Year 1 of tracking this information. We will continue to provide technical assistance on student data reporting. If you did not report the hours, you will not be penalized.
This may capture the service hours, but it still does not align them with a program area. If you know the program area, please indicate that in TE. If not, then we cannot use that information for this exercise.
That is correct. And if it is a support service class for CTE, ESL, etc. – please indicate the program area in TOPSPro.
CASAS has provided a separate report for “hours of instruction” in TOPSPro.
That is fine to set it up that way; we just do not have any way to track the hours you spent on that student.
It is available in TOPSPro now.
Yes – we are tracking all operational costs regardless of fund source. Therefore, this goes beyond AEBG/AEP. This would include any student fees, apportionment, LCFF, grants, donations, etc.
Yes – please include all revenue sources even if they exceed AEBG/AEP funding. We are hoping that your true operational costs will exceed the amount of adult education program funding, as it will show how much leveraging of other fund sources our members are doing with their program.
Yes, we want you to include all non-AEP funds that are used in AEP program areas.
If they are providing services to other members assisting adults in any of the program areas, they should report those funds.
If the funds are used to serve adults in the seven program areas, please report that in NOVA.
Although the hours might not be able to be reported, if you know how much funding is used to support / serve adults in the seven program areas, please report these funds for this exercise.
Correct. This is what was expensed in 17-18. Meaning the cost of running your programs in 17-18. Sometimes you do not spend all of your annual allocation.
Please estimate how much of the funds were used to cover operational costs in 17-18.
The 17-18 budget bill requirement is to report on those seven program areas that fall under adult education as defined by AB104. This would mean the adult education program area has credentialed teachers, follows existing education code and regulations, and is NOT a community education, community service or contract education program. These fee-based programs are outside of the California Adult Education Program (formerly known as AEBG). Finally, to clarify, K12 or County Office CTE fee-based programs that have credentialed teachers and follow all applicable education code would be considered part of this reporting exercise.
As long as those hours are reported correctly elsewhere - I would not be concerned about have no workforce reentry leveraged funds. There is no penalty.
Yes – that’s fine. If you didn’t receive the funds during the time period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, then please do not report those expenses.
Please prorate the class expenses to reflect the share of the AE students.
No, please do not include them. Only included expenses for the 7 AEP program areas.
It would be your cost, plus the in-kind cost the other member paid or reduced.
Indirect can be prorated among your program areas.
We have a line item in NOVA to report in-kind contributions.
Because in-kind is determined by the MOU or local agreement, the estimating process may vary. You can check what you reported in your WIOA II financials (if you are a grantee), or check with your business/accounting office on a basic calculation to estimate in-kind services. Just be sure the in-kind is related to the AEP program areas and its operation. According to federal guidelines: for in-kind, you should generally determine the cost using the fair market value and it should be based on standard objective sources rather than best guesses. You should document the basis for determining value of personal services, material, equipment, building, and land.
Yes, if that is the fair market standard in your area (or what your business/accounting office uses).
You can prorate your allocation by enrollment percentages or any other methodology recommended by your accounting/business office.
An in-kind contribution is a non-monetary contribution. Goods or services offered free or at less than the usual charge result in an in-kind contribution.
It includes any non-monetary contribution – goods or services.
Please use your district methodology for in-kind. You should be using an agreed upon standard that your district uses for in-kind.
Yes – there should be some supporting documentation. If you are estimating or pro-rating expenses, please make sure your business / accounting office is comfortable with your methodology (and it is explainable).
Yes – if you already produce reports like this for other programs or grants – and they cover the seven program areas, feel free to use those numbers. WIOA II only covers some of the seven program areas, so you would need to cover all program areas for this exercise.
Yes. Please account for all expenses in the seven program areas regardless of fund source. If noncredit apportionment is paying for the cost of faculty, and they are teaching in an of the seven program areas, please include their salary costs for the AEP courses.
Please work with your Business Office or Accounting staff to obtain a general overhead cost for your AE program. This would be a fixed program cost for any overhead/operating costs (facilities, custodial, safety, utilities, etc.).
We know this is not an exact science. Please work with accounting staff or your business office to come up with an in-kind amount.
Please work with your accounting staff or business office to come up with a fixed overhead cost that you can use for all 30 sites.
This will be an annual process starting this year, which will continue each year.
Yes – make sure you have used the drop down menu to report on 17-18 only.
For FY 18-19, estimates are due by September 2019, and actuals are due by the end of the year (December 2019).
For FY 17-18, estimates & actuals are due together on February 15, 2019. Usually the estimate and actual reporting is separate in NOVA, but for this initial effort (for FY 17-18), we are combining those process and having them due 2/15/19.
Starting in FY 18-19 (reporting for next year), we will have two separate processes, which include the reporting of estimates in September 2019, and then the reporting of actuals in December 2019.
Thank you. We will recommend that in the summary report on this effort.
No, only the FY 17-18 info/data is due on 2/15/19.
Yes. Please isolate expenses between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Members will enter the info/data into NOVA under the program area reporting tab.
Yes – please include those on the table in the “Other” drop down box.
No, this should not affect the process. For members who did not receive funding in that fiscal year, reporting will be optional.
This is an in-kind line item on the grid for operational costs and leveraged funds.
The Program Area Report only needs to be certified by the consortium lead after the actuals have been submitted. The consortium lead can un-certify the reports for revisions if necessary.
Yes, this is correct. We are currently working with productOps to allow member contacts to enter and edit information in the report, however only the member representatives can submit the report.
Yes, member districts can have more than one member representative in NOVA.
Please see the drop-down menu in NOVA and include other grants. If the drop down is not an exact match, please pick one that is closest.
Please see the SELECT NEW FUND drop down menu in NOVA.
You cannot delete an added fund, but you are not required to enter any data for it either. Just leave it blank.
No. Please choose the fund source that most closely fits.