In Maryland, Senate Education Subcommittee Chair Paul Pinsky (D) introduced legislation (S.B. 510) that would alter the type of institution that is required to register with the Maryland Higher Education Commission before enrolling students in a fully online distance education program by eliminating the language "institution of postsecondary education"and adding "institution of higher education". More specifically, the bill exempts institutions of higher education that participate in the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus from the requirement to register with the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Furthermore, it proposes to reduce the six month grace period to three months, for an institution of higher education that enrolls Maryland students in a fully online distance education program to commence orcontinue enrollment of students without registering with the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Georgia Representative David Casas (R) has reintroduced licensure by means of accreditation legislation. H.B. 184 permits private sector institutions that meet the following criteria to apply for such status: (i) Such institution has operated legally in this state for at least ten consecutive years; (ii) Such institution was incorporated under the laws of Georgia; (iii)Such institution holds institutional accreditation by an accrediting agency that is recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation orthe United States Department of Education; and (iv) Such institution has no unresolved complaints or actions against it in the past 12 months.
Tennessee Senator Mike Bell (R) has sponsored S.B. 546 that would allow nationally accredited private sector institutions to use the term "college" without an appropriate qualifier, such as "career", "vocational","business", "technical", or "art".
In Arkansas, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) has announced his legislative priorities for 2013. According to a January 4 press release, "McDaniel hopes the General Assembly will considera measure to strengthen reporting requirements for the for-profit colleges thatare located in Arkansas." To date, a bill has not been introduced.
On the regulatory front in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker's(R) administration is recasting the composition of the Educational Approval Board. A list of current members can be found here.
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.