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2018 HEA Reauthorization

NAICU Prosper Act Summary

NAICU Prosper Act Talking Points

ACE Prosper Act Summary

Deregulation

Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: Report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education Released February 2015

Title IX, Violence Against Women ACT (VAWA) and Campus SaVE Act

April 24, 2015 Dear Colleague Letter: Provides guidance from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) on responsibilities of institutional Title IX coordinators.

Chart: Intersection of Title IX and Clery Act: The purpose of this chart is to clarify the reporting requirements of Title IX and the Clery Act in cases of sexual violence and to resolve any concerns about apparent conflicts between the two laws.

Resolution Agreement Among the University of Montana - Missoula, the US Department of Justice,  and the US Department of Education:

July 14, 2014 Dear Colleague Letter: Provides guidance on responsibility to comply with reporting requirements of the VAWA.

Campus Accountability and Safety Act (Senate Version): This bill would amend Clery to increase investigative and reporting requirements, to modify training and disciplinary protocols, and to increase penalties to institutions for violations.

Voter Education and Registration

Your Vote, Your Voice: The National Campus Voter Registration Project and Your Vote, Your Voice are cooperative efforts of 50 Washington, D.C.-based national higher education associations known collectively as the Washington Higher Education Secretariat and includes the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

 

Bologna Process

The Bologna Process for U.S. Eyes - a monograph by Cliff Adelman, Institute of Higher Education Policy
The Bologna Process - What we should know - a summary put together by Claude Pressnell

State Authorization

  1. Tennessee State Authorization:  This authorization is required by both State and Federal law.  It demonstrates that an educational institution is authorized to offer post-secondary degrees in Tennessee.  According to Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-7-2004(d), the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) is empowered to perform such authorization and maintain a list of qualified institutions.  This authorization works to satisfy Federal Title IV recertification and other federal state authorization requirements.  The following web link provides a list of non-profit institutions authorized to provide post-secondary degrees in Tennessee which includes all TICUA members:  http://www.tn.gov/thec/article/exempt-authorized-institutions.  

  2. THEC Regulatory Exemption Filing:  TICUA members meet the requirements to be exempt from Tennessee state regulatory oversight.  In order to maintain this status, members must annually complete the THEC Request for Information Form.  This form updates THEC’s information related to your status as a regulatory exempt institution.  The form is brief and should not take long to complete. 

    Please note that you DO NOT need to supply a letter of exemption as requested on page two.  This information is on file at the DPSA office.  TICUA member’s statuses have been reviewed and have been granted exempt status.

    Also, at the bottom of page 2 you are requested to describe your institution’s activities in Tennessee.  DPSA requests a brief few sentences indicating that you offer instructional courses leading to post-secondary credentials and use student recruiting strategies which comprise of a variety of advertising methods, high school visits, direct mail, email and phone practices.  To assist DPSA with any possible inquiries they may receive, they would like a list of all your physical locations in Tennessee.  Please include that list with your description of activities.

    Once completed you may either mail hard copies or electronically send a PDF file.

    Hard copies of the form and all attachments may be mailed to: Attn: Stephanie Bellard Chase Tennessee Higher Education Commission Parkway Towers, Suite 1900 404 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN 37243-0830

    OR

    PDF copies of the form and all attachments may be e-mailed to: thec.dpsa-application@tn.gov with the subject: Information Request Form-TCA§49-7-2004(a)(6)

    Questions concerning this form should be submitted to the THEC/DPSA official at (615)253-8874. 

    Please have your material to THEC by June 1 of each year.

  3. National Council – State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA): This authorization allows institutions to offer certain academic programs in other states without seeking authorization in each NC-SARA member state.  A full explanation of the benefits and limitations can be found on the NC-SARA website (www.nc-sara.org).  There are annual participation fees required to be submitted to NC-SARA and to Tennessee Portal (THEC).  The fees are based on the size of the college/university and can be found on the NC-SARA website.  The Tennessee fee mirrors that of the NC-SARA fee. 

    NC-SARA will notify the institution designee 90 days prior to the renewal deadline about the need to update information and pay the annual fees.  Within a few days of that notification, THEC will notify the contact that the institution must also complete the Tennessee State Supplemental Form and submit the state level fee.  Simply complete those forms and pay the NC-SARA and Tennessee fees prior to renewal deadline and your institution will maintain its membership in NC-SARA. 

    Please also be aware that NC-SARA does require a rather simple data report which asks you to aggregate your student enrollment in each NC-SARA state.  Both the data sharing agreement and reporting guide can be found on the NC-SARA homepage in the left-hand column under Resources.

THEC NC-SARA Basics PowerPoint, July 2016

 (Archived Tennessee State Authorization Letters)


Model Complaint Process for TICUA Member Institutions

Procedures to Follow In response to U.S. Department of Education 10.29.10 Final Rules

In accordance with the Department of Education’s final regulations published on October 29, 2010, the following is the complaint process related to receiving and resolving complaints for TICUA member institutions that are legally authorized to provide post-secondary education in Tennessee and are exempt from regulation by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.


Complaints

  • All complaints should first be routed through the appropriate complaint/appeals process as outlined by each university.  
  • Depending on the nature of complaint, the matter should be brought to the attention of the office directly responsible for that area of the college or university.  
  • Complaints and appeals should be well-documented and move through the appropriate campus supervisory structure prior to appealing to any off-campus authority.

 

Off Campus Authorities

  • Complaints relating to quality of education or accreditation requirements shall be referred to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), (http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaintpolicy.pdf);
  • Complaints related to the application of state laws or rules related to approval to operate or licensure of a particular professional program within a postsecondary institution shall be referred to the appropriate  State Board (i.e., State Boards of Health, State Board of Education, and so on) within the Tennessee State Government and shall be reviewed and handled by that licensing board (http://www.tn.gov, and then search for the appropriate division);
  • For students attending programs in Tennessee, complaints related to state consumer protection laws (e.g., laws related to fraud or false advertising) shall be referred to the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and shall be reviewed and handled by that unit (http://www.tn.gov/consumer/     TN Attorney General Letter on Campus Complaints June 2017). 
  • For out-of-state students using distance learning programs, complaints related to consumer protection laws shall be filed using the Tennessee NC-SARA Portal form:  http://tn.gov/assets/entities/thec/attachments/ComplaintForm.pdf