State Legislative and Regulatory Activity Report April 16, 2013


The Arkansas Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs favorable reported a state authorization resolution last week. It states that the Senate supports the authorization of certain state agencies, boards, institutions, career schools, and colleges to provide postsecondary education and complaint procedures pursuant to 34 C.F.R. Section 600.9(a)(1)(i) and (ii), including the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy, the State Board of Barber Examiners, the Cosmetology Technical Advisory Committee, the Department of Career Education, the State Board of Private Career Education, and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The legislature is scheduled to recess by April 19th and adjourn on May 17th.

In Illinois, Senator Andy Manar (D) has proposed a strike everything amendment to S.B. 1549. As amended, the bill requires the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to assess the student completion performance of institutions of higher learning participating in the Monetary Award Program. It would require institutions to predict completion rates and meet 90% of theprediction. If an institution failed to meet the prediction threshold for two successive academic years, they would be placed on warning status. These institutions would then have two academic years to bring their completion rates to the minimum threshold or a 20% reduction in funding would be implemented. If an institution fails to bring its completion rate to the minimum threshold within the first two academic years following the remedial period, then it will be subject to a 40% reduction in funding rate.

Institutions participating in the Monetary Award Program would also be required to provide the following disclosures andservices to all grant recipients:

  • Information about completion rates;
  • A 2-week period of initial study, from which astudent may withdraw without incurrence of any financial obligation for tuition and fees;
  • Easy access to information about their progress toward their program's completion requirements, including credits earned, credits remaining, and incurred costs and debt; and
  • Trained, easily accessible staff who can help them complete their enrollment, develop their academic plans, and sort through their educational financing options.

A Senate Higher Education Committee hearing on the bill has been scheduled for April 16th. A vote is at the discretion of the Chair.



PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 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.