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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Institutions


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
KSSigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Postsecondary Distance Education for Out-of-State Institutions or Students
H.B. 2544
Allows postsecondary institutions with a physical presence in Kansas to participate in the state authorization reciprocity agreement and provide distance education in other states. Allows postsecondary institutions that do not have a physical presence in Kansa...

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SCIssued 02/2014Postsec.Condemning Anti-Semitism and Rejecting University Boycott
H.R. 4635
Condemns the America Studies Association's academic boycott against Israel and provides that the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education, in cooperation with each of the public institutions of higher education and all of South Carolina's ind...

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ILSigned into law 07/2013P-12
Postsec.
Employment of Persons with Disabilities in State Boards and Institutions
H.B. 2591
Creates the Illinois Employment First Act. Provides that "state agency" includes all boards, commissions, agencies, institutions, authorities, and bodies politic and corporate of the state, created by or in accordance with the Illinois Constitution or statute,...

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VASigned into law 03/2012Postsec.Higher Educational Institutions; Indemnification Agreements
H.B. 764
Provides that no Virginia public institution of higher education shall be authorized to enter into an indemnification agreement to indemnify any person or entity against damages arising from a sponsored project conducted by such institution. The bill contains ...

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SDSigned into law 02/2012Postsec.Postsecondary Institution Authorization
S.B. 191
Provides that no postsecondary institution may provide educational programs at physical locations in the state unless it has been issued a certificate of authorization to provide postsecondary education. Once granted by the secretary, authorization is continuo...

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SCSigned into law 08/2011Postsec.The South Carolina Higher Education Efficiency & Administrative Policies Act of 2011
S.B. 172

Transparency and Efficiency
Requires each public institution of higher learning to maintain a transaction register that includes a complete record of all funds expended, from whatever source for whatever purpose. Provides that the register must be prominently...

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TXIssued 08/2011P-12
Postsec.
Western Governors University Texas
Executive Order RP75
Expresses the state's commitment to Western Governors University (WGU) and its establishment of WGU Texas. Directs all agencies and officials to work with WGU toward the establishment of WGU Texas as a nonprofit institution of higher education to provide acces...

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FLSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Higher Education Coordinating Council/Articulation Coordinating Committee/Various Postsecondary Provisions
H.B. 7151
Establishes the Higher Education Coordinating Council and directs the council to make recommendations on: (1) The primary core mission of public and nonpublic postsecondary education institutions in the context of state access demands and economic development ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Security-Sensitive Positions and Criminal Background Checks
H.B. 2937
Amends definition of "security-sensitive position" to include any employee who has access to (1) another person's personal information or identifying information or (2) the financial information of the employer or another person. Adds the Texas Higher Educatio...

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ORSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Postsecondary Degree Granting
H.B. 2117
Directs Office of Degree Authorization (ODA) to issue separate license to issue degrees to schools that meet exemption requirements. Effective January 1, 2012.
http://www.leg.state.or.us/11reg/measpdf/hb2100.dir/hb2117.en.pdf...

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LAAdopted 06/2011Postsec.Study of Higher Education Institutions
H.C.R. 30
Urges and requests the Board of Regents to study the provision of public postsecondary educational opportunities, to establish the appropriate role, scope, and mission of each public postsecondary education institution, and to formulate a plan that will make o...

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LAAdopted 06/2011Postsec.Shared Vision for Higher Education in Louisiana
H.C.R. 121
Urges the Louisiana Board of Regents to aggressively and fully implement its previously established admission standards, those standards the board set for implementation in 2012 and 2014, and additional admission standards as warranted; that the board continue...

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MISigned into law 06/2011Postsec.
Community College
Collaboration Between Community Colleges and Universities/ Transfer Credits
H.B. 4325 - Postsecondary Provisions
From Legislative Staff Summary: Encourages community colleges to explore ways of increasing collaboration and cooperation with universities. Provides that it is the intent of the Legislature that universities work with community colleges to implement transfer...

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NDSigned into law 05/2011Postsec.
Community College
Authorization, Academic or Professional Postsecondary Educational Institution Offering Credentials
H.B. 1092
Provides that the State Board for Career and Technical Education may authorize the operation of an academic or professional postsecondary educational institution that offers educational credentials only upon approval by the director of the Department of Career...

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VTSigned into law 05/2011Postsec.Postsecondary Institution Approval Process
S.B. 100
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...

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NESigned into law 05/2011Postsec.Postsecondary Institution Act, Dual Enrollment, College Admission Testing in 11th Grade
L.B. 637
Adopts the Postsecondary Institution Act and amend provisions of the Private Postsecondary Career School Act. Sec. 85-961 currently provides that community colleges (with exceptions specifically authorized by statute and the Coordinating Commission for Postsec...

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WASigned into law 05/2011Postsec.Expanding Postsecondary Opportunities
S.B. 5636
Expanding postsecondary opportunities. Changes the name of the University Center at Everett Community College to the University Center of North Puget Sound. Assigns management and leadership of the University Center of North Puget Sound to Washington State Uni...

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WASigned into law 04/2011Postsec.Research University branches
H.B. 1586
Authorizes research universities to develop doctoral degree programs at their branch campuses subject to approval
by the higher education coordinating board.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passed%20Legislature/1586.PL.pdf...

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WASigned into law 04/2011Postsec.Accelerated Degree Programs
S.B. 5442
Relating to an accelerated baccalaureate degree program. State universities, regional universities and the Evergreen State College may develop accelerated baccalaureate degree programs that will allow academically qualified students to obtain a baccalaureate d...

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COSigned into law 04/2011Postsec.
Community College
Postsecondary Campus Safety
H.B. 1169
Clarifies the information sharing by higher education institution police to various individuals and entities regarding campus safety and incidences.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2011a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/A55150534810636987257808008004BA?Open&file=1169...

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VASigned into law 04/2011Postsec.Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund
S.B. 1485/H.B. 2324
Expands the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund to allow for awards from the fund to be used to encourage commercialization and to attract research talent at state institutions of higher education.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?111+ful+S...

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FLSigned into law 03/2011Postsec.
Community College
Florida College System Institution
S.B. 946
Substitutes the term ''Florida College System Institution" for the terms ''Florida college," ''community college," and ''junior college" where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code. http://laws.flrules.org/files/Ch_2011-005.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011Postsec.
Community College
Obtaining Student Consent Form
H.B. 1875
Requires institutions of higher education to make a good faith effort to obtain the student consent form and collect and report the data required under the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act. Institutions may lost approved status if they fail to do so.
http://ww...

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CTSigned into law 05/2010Postsec.
Community College
Alignment of Postsecondary Education and Employment in the Green Industry
H.B. 5164
Requires higher education institutions in Connecticut to publicize green technology initiatives in higher education and to collaborate in furthering these initiatives; requires the department of higher education (DHE), in consultation with the department of ed...

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MASigned into law 01/2010Postsec.Creating New State Universty System
H.B. 4864
Creates a state university system for nine current state colleges. Six state colleges will be renamed as Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Salem State University, Westfield State University and Worcester Sta...

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