Compliance Corner

  • Federal Communications Commission Telephone Consumer Protection

    New Federal Communications Commission regulations affecting all businesses, including private sector colleges and universities, went into effect on October 16, 2013. Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), any business that makes telemarketing calls to cell phones and/or on phone equipment that has the capacity to become an automated dialing system could face significant fines ($500-$1,500 per violation) if it contacts an individual who has not given the business express prior written consent to do so.

    This document provides a general background on the TCPA regulations, frequently asked questions businesses may want to ask themselves or their vendors, and several articles from or prepared on behalf of APSCU Allied Members.
  • The Misrepresentation Rule and Third-Party Vendors

    APSCU members and their students participate in various government-sponsored financial aid programs to help students pay for their education. The largest programs are under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, commonly referred to as Title IV Programs, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Important objectives of this document are to help institutions understand the misrepresentation rule and equip them with the appropriate legal guidance related to third-party advertising and marketing.
  • APSCU Code of Conduct

    The code of conduct clearly articulates that our members agree with and commit to a collection of fundamental ethical practices that always put students first in delivering educational services.
  • Model Employee Code of Ethics and Conduct

    APSCU encourages every member to develop and implement its own internal code of ethics and conduct to guide their employees. This model employee code is a starting point.

  • Final State Approval Regulations for Distance Education: A Starter List

    The need for state licensure or approval is determined by the laws and regulations of each state, which are quite varied across the country. This document helps institutions find and comply with these regulations. Created through collaboration with the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, the Southern Regional Education Board, the American Distance Education Consortium, and the University of Wyoming, the document provides institutions with a starting point for determining which states require approval.


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PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills.PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.