State Legislative and Regulatory Activity Update - May 14, 2013

 

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) signed H.B. 301 into law last week. The measure requires employees of public and private institutions of postsecondary and higher education to report any known or suspected child abuse or neglect immediately.

On the regulatory front, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board proposed amendments (see pages 11-13 of the May 10th Texas Register) to rules relating to certificates of authorization for degree granting colleges and universities other than Texas public institutions. The amendments to §7.3 clarify thatinstitutions under a Certificate of Authorization are exempt from certain identified regulations, but not all regulation. Additionally, the amendments to §7.7 provide for an annual review of institutions under a Certificate ofAuthorization "for continued compliance with the Board-recognized accreditor'sstandards of operation, student complaint processes, financial viability, and fair consumer protection practices."

Commentson the proposed amendments will be accepted through June 9th and can be submitted to the attention of Stacey Silverman, Interim Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, via email at WAARcomments@thecb.state.tx.us.

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