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HB21-1306

Accreditation Of Postsecondary Institutions

Concerning approvals of certain entities to operate as postsecondary educational entities in the state, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2021 Regular Session
Subject:
Higher Education
Bill Summary

Current law requires a private college or university operating in the state to be institutionally accredited on the basis of an on-site review by a regional or national accrediting body recognized by the United States department of education (DOE). The bill allows private colleges and universities and private occupational schools to be accredited by:

  • Institutional or programmatic accrediting bodies recognized by the DOE; or by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); or
  • Programmatic accrediting bodies that may are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as having the ability to accredit freestanding, single-purpose institutions of construction education .

If an institution intends to seek institutional accreditation from a programmatic accrediting body, the scope of such recognition must reflect the accrediting body's ability, as recognized by the DOE or the CHEA, to accredit a freestanding, single-purpose institution.

The bill states it is a deceptive trade or sales practice for a private occupational school to advertise or otherwise represent that it is accredited unless the school is accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the DOE or is accredited by a programmatic accrediting body that is recognized by the CHEA as having the ability to accredit a freestanding, single-purpose institution of construction education .

The bill allows an educational institution or educational service that is exempt from the requirements of the "Private Occupational Education Act of 1981" to waive its exempt status in order to apply for authorization to operate a private occupational school, subject to certain conditions.

For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $98,796 to the department of higher education from the private occupational schools fund. $45,626 of this amount is for use by the division of private occupational schools, and $53,170 of this amount is reappropriated to the department of law to use to provide legal services to the department of higher education.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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