|MO||Signed into law 06/2014||Postsec.||State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)|
Provides for state authorization of reciprocity agreements for distance education.
|VA||Signed into law 04/2014||Postsec.||Interstate Reciprocity Agreements- SARA|
Authorizes the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to enter into interstate reciprocity agreements authorizing postsecondary distance education. SCHEV will administer the agreements and will approve or disapprove participation in the agreeme...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2013||Postsec.||Religious Institutions|
Requires religious institutions accredited by independent state entities to notify students that courses are not usually transferable. Directs institutions to submit student-signed affidavits confirming notification.
|NV||Adopted 06/2012||Postsec.||Licensing, Personnel, Instruction and Operations in Postsecondary Education|
NAC 394.535, 380, 385, 390, 400, 405, 410, 415, 420, 427, 435, 440, 445, 450, 485, 490, 522, 525, 535, 537, 540, 550, 560, 570, 575, 580, 600, 605, 610, 615, 623, 650, 655, 720, 735
Revises various provisions governing licensing, personnel, instruction, and operations in postsecondary education. http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Legal/LawLibrary/NAC/NAC-394.html...
|PA||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12|
|An Act amending Title 24 (Education) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in private colleges, universities and seminaries, further providing for certification of institutions.|
Adds a new subsection to Title 24 concerning the certification of higher education institutions. Allows a private, nonprofit college or university to offer an additional degree, major or program if the college or university satisfies both of the following: 1) ...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2012||Postsec.||Accreditation for Private Nonprofit and For-profit Institutions|
H.B. 1155 (sections 12 to 20)
Details authority, responsibility of Commission on Higher Education to authorize, revoke right of private nonprofit or for-profit institutions for operating in Colorado. Requires institutions to have regional or national accreditation, release financial data t...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2011||Postsec.||Postsecondary Institution Approval Process|
Sets the process for approval for any postsecondary school that operates primarily or exclusively in the state of
Vermont. Defines "Postsecondary school" as any person who offers or operates a program of college or professional education for credit or a degree...
|AR||Signed into law 03/2011||Postsec.|
Prohibits the use of false academic credentials. Requires accrediation from the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board before a postsecondary institution may operate in the state. Exempts existing non-public non-profit institutions. Defines criteria the ...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2011||Postsec.|
|Accreditation Alternative for Private Business Vocational Schools|
Authorizes private business and vocational schools that have obtained national accreditation from an accrediting agency designated by the U.S. Department of Education to submit evidence of current accreditation in lieu of other application requests.
|MN||Signed into law 05/2010||Postsec.|
|Private Institutions Registering with Office of Higher Education|
Clarifies that public and private institutions outside Minnesota offering courses or programs to Minnesota residents must register with OHE
|MN||Signed into law 05/2010||Postsec.|
Requires private schools to issue students a full refund of money it received for a student or if a contract with that student is unenforceable because the school is not licensed. The refund must be made within 30 days of a written demand from OHE.
|AL||Adopted 03/2010||Postsec.||Postsecondary Course Offerings by Non-Accredited Institutions|
Defines "non-accredited institution" as an institution not accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Requires a non-accredited institution seeking to offer degree programs in Alabama to...
|MI||Signed into law 01/2010||Postsec.||Proprietary Schools|
Provides for the accreditation, regulation and licensing of proprietary schools; authorizes a proprietary school to sell goods or services produced or provided by a student provided that, among other things, money from the sale of the goods or services is used...
|CA||Signed into law 11/2009||Postsec.||Workforce Development|
Requires the successor agency to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education to transmit school performance data from schools under its jurisdiction to the Postsecondary Education Commission (but only if A.B. 48 of the 2009–10 regular session...
|TX||Adopted 11/2009||Postsec.||Degree-Granting Colleges and Universities|
19 TAC 18.104.22.168 -.13
Establishes new rules concerning degree-granting colleges and universities other than Texas public institutions. As stated in the August 7, 2009 Register, "The intent of the re-write is to provide greater transparency of the rules regarding the operation of ou...
|ID||Adopted 06/2009||Postsec.||Registration of Postsecondary Institutions|
Clarifies that postsecondary institutions need to register to ensure they are legitimate degree granting institutions and that proprietary schools are legitimate.
|Career Colleges and Schools|
OAC 3332-1-01, -02, -04.5, -11, -12.1, -14, -18 thru -22, -22.1
Amends rules regarding career colleges and schools. Replaces all references to the state board of "proprietary school registration" to state board of "career colleges and schools."
3332-1-04.5: Authorizes the state board of career colleges and sc...
|Requirements for Degree-granting HE Institutions|
COMAR 13B.02.02.01 to .22
Establishes minimum requirements for issuing certificates, diplomas, and degrees by in-state public and private institutions of postsecondary education.
|OR||Signed into law 05/2009||Postsec.||Diploma Mills|
Limits the exemption of certain post-secondary schools and separately accredited campuses from degree requirements of Office of Degree Authorization to nonprofit schools. Chapter 172
|OR||Signed into law 05/2009||Postsec.||Diploma Mills|
Prohibits person who receives degree from diploma mill from using disclaimer to claim or represent that person possesses academic degree; declares emergency, effective on passage. Chapter 173
|OR||Signed into law 05/2009||Postsec.|
Requires school that confers or offers to confer academic degree to be licensed as career school for course or program that does not lead to academic degree until the school meets specified requirements; clarifies the types of schools subject to career school ...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2008||Postsec.|
|Diplomas from Private Colleges and Universities|
Clarifies the authority related to the authorization to do business for private colleges or universities, bible colleges, and seminaries; permits the Commission on Higher Education to establish fees payable by institutions related to the administration of degr...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2008||Postsec.||Fraudulent Academic Credentials|
Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor (a fine up to $2,500 and/or up to 12 months in jail) to issue or manufacture a fraudulent academic credential or knowingly using a fraudulent academic credential to obtain employment, promotion, licensure, or admission to an inst...
|SD||Adopted 10/2007||Postsec.||TEACHER CERTIFICATION, STANDARDS OF ACCREDITATION|
SDR 24:15:03:08, :10, :43:01:01, :02:02, :08, :09:03
Amends rules to allow school service specialists to add a teaching program to their current certificate upon completion of a full degree. Requires that non- public and tribal schools follow the same standards for accreditation, and that all schools submit a "p...
|Postsecondary Institution Diploma and Degree Requirements|
COMAR 13B.02.02.02-.08, .10-.19, .21, .22
Requires the Maryland Higher Education Commission to establish minimum requirements for issuing certificates, diplomas, and degrees by public and nonpublic institutions of postsecondary education.
A. The requirements in this chapter apply to all degree-granti...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2007||Postsec.||Purchase and Sale of Academic Degrees|
Prohibits the purchase and sale of academic degrees wherein the degree is obtained on the basis of a combination of a payment of a fee and the attainment of academic credit for so-called life experiences, without the applicant undertaking any coursework.
|CT||Signed into law 06/2007||Postsec.|
|Accreditation and Diploma Mill Oversight|
Concerns enhanced enforcement authority by the Department of Higher Education; provides the Board of Governors of Higher Education and the Commissioner of Higher Education with enhanced enforcement authority regarding colleges and universities which are operat...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2007||Postsec.|
Allows the Student Assistance Commission to terminate activities of diploma mills and operation of post-secondary accrediting bodies not recognized by United States Department of Education; defines diploma mill; removes the authority of the commission to subst...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2007||Postsec.||Independent Law School Accreditation|
Adds the American Bar Association as a recognized accrediting agent in Texas under Section 61.003 (15) of the Education Code. This is the only accrediting body for law schools in the United States. This addition will have no negative effects on the accreditati...
|ID||Temporary Rule Adoption - Concurrently Proposed 08/2006||Postsec.||Registration of Postsecondary Institutions and Proprietary Schools|
Repeals existing section 08.01.11 in its entirety. Sets forth the registration requirements for postsecondary educational institutions that are required to register with the Idaho State Board of Education ("Board") under Section 33-2402 and -2403 of Idaho Code...
|IA||Adopted 07/2006||Community College|
|Community College Accreditation|
IAC 281-Chapter 24, 281-24.1(260C) through 281- 24.4(260C), 24.4(1)through 24.4(5), 281-24,5(260C), 24.5(1) through 24.5(4), 281-24.6(260C),24.6(1) through 24.6(4)
Relates to the evaluation of the colleges' institutional effectiveness in a framework of CQI standards and benchmarks. Creates a new chapter 24 with a discrete set of regulations for accreditation and aligns the state accreditation process more closely with th...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2006||Postsec.||Transfers from Unaccredited Higher Education Institutions|
Requires an institution of higher education that does not possess regional accreditation to require its students to sign a letter of acknowledgment that the transfer of credits may be difficult if the student intends to transfer the credits to an institution o...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2006||Postsec.|
|False Academic Credentials|
Declares that a person is guilty of issuing a false academic credential if the person knowingly: (1) Grants or awards a false academic credential or offers to grant or award a false academic credential in violation of this act; (2) Represents that a credit ear...
|TX||Adopted 02/2006||Postsec.||Fictitious, Fraudulent or Substandard Degrees|
19 TAC 1.7.A.7.3
Adds new definitions pertaining to "fictitious degree," "fraudulent or substandard degree," "protected term." TEXAS 98741...
|MI||Signed into law 07/2005||Postsec.||Authentic credentials in education|
Prohibits the issuance or manufacture of false academic credentials.
|OR||Signed into law 07/2005||Postsec.||Disclaimers for Degrees from Non-Approved Institutions|
Allows a person who holds a degree from a post-secondary institution that is not accredited or approved by the Office of Degree Authorization to claim or represent that a person has an academic degree if a disclaimer is included. Directs that Oregon Student As...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2005||Postsec.|
|Fraudulent or Substandard Degrees|
Adds Sec. 61.3021. Requires Texas Higher education Coordinating Board (board) by rule to establish a process for reviewing and approving a degree conferred by a person described by Section 61.302(11)(B) or (C). Requires the review process to include a determi...
|ND||Signed into law 04/2005||Postsec.|
|Private Postsecondary Institution Operations|
Relates to fees provided to the state board for career and technical education for authorizations to operate private postsecondary institutions; relates to the authorizations to operate private postsecondary institutions and use of false academic degrees; prov...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||Postsec.||Private Postsecondary Education Reform|
Relates to the Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act of 1989. Defines nationally accredited institution to mean an institution that provides a degree, diploma or certificate and that is accredited by a recognized national institutional accr...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2004||Postsec.||Private Business and Vocational Schools|
Amends the Private Business and Vocational Schools Act. Provides that certain educational institutions that enroll students in one or more bachelor-level programs and are accredited by a national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of ...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2004||Postsec.|
|Higher Education False Credentials|
Prohibits the use of false credentials in higher education. http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/Chapter/PC0825.pdf...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2004||Postsec.||False Academic Degrees|
Concerns criminal offenses; creates Class A misdemeanor for person who knowingly issues, sells or manufactures false academic degree; creates Class C misdemeanor for individual who knowingly uses or claims to have false academic degree to obtain employment, pr...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2004||Postsec.||Degree Granting Institutions|
Ensures the quality of degree-granting institutions of higher education; relates to the accreditation of and site inspections of such institutions; requires public dissemination of information regarding entities that sell or award degrees without requiring app...
|OR||Rule Adoption 10/2003||Postsec.||Definitions of School Types|
OAR 583-050-0006, -0011, -0016, -0031, -0040, -0021
Revises definitions of school types to classify degree-issuing entities as standard, substandard, or diploma mill. Establishes fee schedule for degree validations and school information. OREGON REG 24799 (SN)...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2003||Postsec.||Private Postsecondary Institutions|
Defines non-Western Association of Schools and Colleges regionally accredited institution under the Private Postsecondary and Vocational Educational Reform Act of 1989. Provides such institution meet certain requirements before issuing degrees. Requires the bu...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2003||Postsec.||False Academic Degrees|
Provides it is unlawful for a person to knowingly manufacture or produce a false academic degree or for a person to knowingly use a false academic degree for the purpose of obtaining employment or admission to an Illinois institution of higher learning or admi...
|ND||Signed into law 04/2003||Postsec.||False Academic Credentials|
Relates to the issuance, manufacture, and use of false academic degrees or certifications; provides a penalty....
|SD||Signed into law 03/2001||Postsec.||Accreditation|
Prohibits the offering of postsecondary education credit or degree by non-accredited institutions....
|KY||Signed into law 04/2000||Postsec.||Defines College|
Relates to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority; expands the definition of college to include postsecondary educational institutions accredited by all regional accrediting associations....