State Legislative and Regulatory Activity Update, February 26, 2013
In Oregon, legislation was introduced that would require private sector colleges and universities to provide prospective students with school performance and financial cost fact sheets. Institutions would be required to report by program or degree "a list of all requirements for practicing the profession or trade;" a statement on accreditation; information on the transferability of credit; completion and job placement rates by program; default rates; and the percentage of students receiving federal student loans. Other disclosure requirements pertain to the cost of attendance and statementson the enrollment agreement. The sponsor of Oregon H.B. 3079 is a member of the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee. The bill has garnered the cosponsorship of many members of the House, including the Chairs of the Higher Education and Workforce Development, and the Business and Labor Committees.
Georgia H.B. 184 was amended and approved by the House Higher Education Committee. As currently drafted, the bill would allow licensure by means of accreditation for institutions meeting the following criteria:
(i) Such institution has operated legally in this state for at least ten consecutive years;
(ii) Such institution holds institutional accreditation by an accrediting agency that is recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education; and
(iii) Such institution has no formal complaints or actionsagainst it by the commission in the past 12 months which have been unresolved for more than 45 days.
On the regulatory front, The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools has proposed rule amendments to require continuing education for school administrators, establish new policies for program approval, and require Board approval of changes to student grievance policies. The Board will hold a public hearing March 20th. Written comments may besubmitted before the hearing.
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.