State Legislative and Regulatory Update March 25, 2013
Missouri Representative Clem Smith (D) introduced a pair of bills, H.B.829 and H.B.879, that would negatively impact nationally accredited postsecondary institutions. H.B. 829 would require regional accreditation for an institution of higher education to use the term "university" or "college." H.B. 879 requires nationally accredited institutions of higher education located in Missouri to disclose to students during the admission process that it has not achieved regional accreditation. The bill also mandates the following transfer of credit disclosure:
"College level credits earned at (Institution name) may not be transferrable to other higher-learning/postsecondary learning institutions, including but not limited to universities, colleges, junior colleges, community colleges, or trade schools accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Higher Education. Contact the institution receiving the transferred credit(s) for more information."
In Louisiana, Representative Stephen Pugh (R), prefiled a bill that requires the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to approve programs accredited by national and regional institutional accrediting agencies, including the Council on Occupational Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The measure also requires the board to afford all professional and
If the institution fails to provide these disclosures, a student is entitled to rescind any contract and receive a full refund.
On the regulatory front, Wisconsin's Educational Approval Board (EAB) suspended efforts to adopt a 60% combined program completion and transfers-out rate and a 60% graduate employment rate. The board meeting materials related to the performance standards issue are available on the EAB website.
The EAB plans to hold a training session for schools in late June or early July about the changes institutions will experience during the annual renewal process.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 13 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.