STATE LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ACTIVITY UPDATE – DECEMBER 17, 2012

 

Last week, Wisconsin's Educational Approval Board (EAB) approved a resolution that creates a Performance Standards Advisory Committee to study the adoption of a 60% program completion rate and a 60% programmatic graduate employment rate. The Educational Approval Board is responsible for the approval of private sector institutions – both degree-granting and non-degree – in Wisconsin. Additionally, out-of-state non-profit institutions operating in Wisconsin and non-public online institutions are subject to EAB oversight. According to the proposal initially unveiled at the EAB's annual conference in November, programs withmore than 10 students would be accessed on an annual basis. Those schools that have failing programs per the aforementioned standards would be required to submit an improvement plan. Should a program fail to meet the completion rate and graduate employment rate standards for a second year, the school would be required to suspect enrollment in the failing program. Following a one-year suspension, a school can reapply to offer the program with a detailed explanation of how the program would meet performance standards. The Performance Standards Advisory Committee will consist of the following 10 members:

·3 EAB executive committee members;

·1 member of the public;

·Chairpersons of the Senate and Assembly higher education committees (or designee);

·1 - For-profit, non-accredited, non-degree granting school representative;

·1 - For-profit, accredited, degree-granting school (in-state) representative;

·1 - Non-profit, accredited, degree-granting school representative;

·1 - For-profit, accredited degree-granting, online (out-of-state) school representative.

The EAB Chair will serve as the Committee's chair and be responsible for appointing the other committee members. EAB staff will provide administrative support.

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