Responses Last Confirmed:

Alabama Community College System, Private School Licensure Division

Agency Contact

Tivoli Nash
334-293-4650
Tivoli.nash@accs.edu

Additional Contact

Allaina Robinson
334-293-4650

Secretary of State Contact

John Merrill
334-224-7200
john.merrill@sos.alabama.go
Topic

1: Important Agency Information to Note

a.
Provide any important information about your agency.

No response provided

Topic

2: Types of Educational Providers Authorized

a.
Indicate the types of institutions that your agency authorizes. Please provide a short explanation of any ambiguity in the comment section below.

____ Public, in-state degree granting institutions 
____ Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions   
_X__ Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
_X__ Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
_X__ Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
_X__ Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
____ Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions 
____ Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions 
_X__ Non-degree, not-for profit institutions 
_X__ Non-degree, for-profit institutions 
_X__ Religious institutions 
____ Tribally-controlled institutions 
____ Federal Institutions 
____ Municipal institutions 
 

b.
Does your agency authorize specific academic programs offered by institutions, only institutions themselves, or both?

_____Institution  _____Program   __X__Both 

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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3: Accreditation

a.
Is accreditation required for an institution to be authorized in your state?

Yes, required for degree granting institutions at time of licensure renewal.

b.
If yes, please check all that apply as appropriate.

Accreditation agency must be recognized by the US Department of Education or CHEA

Accreditation Required for: 
____ Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions   
____ Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
____ Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
____ Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
____ Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
____ Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions 
____ Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions 
____ Non-degree, not-for profit institutions 
____ Non-degree, for-profit institutions 
____ Religious institutions 
____ Tribally-controlled institutions 
____ Federal Institutions 
____ Municipal institutions
 

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

4: Exemptions

a.
Are certain institutions or programs exempt by law or policy from your state authorization requirements?
b.
If yes, for what types of institutions? Which types of programs?

No response provided

c.
Web link for exemptions.

No response provided

d.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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5: Authorization of Distance Education

a.
Does your agency require purely online programs offered by out-of-state institutions to be authorized without regard to physical presence?

Yes

b.
If not, does your agency determine whether an institution must be authorized based on a physical presence (“operating”) standard?

No response provided

c.
Does your agency require correspondence study programs to be authorized without regard to physical presence?

Yes

d.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

6: Physical Presence Policy

a.
If your agency uses a physical presence standard, how does your agency define physical presence?

No response provided

b.
Web link for physical presence definition.

No response provided

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

7: Student Complaints - SARA Participating Institutions

a.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about SARA participating Institutions.

No response provided

b.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

No response provided

c.
Web link for student complaints – SARA participating institutions.

No response provided

d.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving SARA complaints?

Agency Name: Alabama Community College System, Private School Licensure Division

Agency Email: Tivoli.nash@accs.edu

Agency Phone Number: 334-293-4650

e.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

8: Student Complaints - Non-SARA Participating Institutions

a.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about out-of-state postsecondary institutions or programs?
b.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

No response provided

c.
Does this complaint process extend to institutions not authorized by the agency that may enroll residents of the state (such as explicitly distance education programs with no physical presence or exempt institutions)?

No

d.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name: Tivoli Nash
  • Title: Director of Private School Licensure
  • Agency: Alabama Community College System
  • Phone: 334-293-465
f.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

9: Surety Bonds

a.
Does your state require a Surety Bond for authorized out-of-state institutions?

Yes

b.
Web link for surety bonds.

No response provided

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

10: Tuition Refund Policy

a.
Does your state have a Tuition Refund Policy Requirement?

No

b.
If yes, for what types of institutions?

No response provided

c.
Web link for tuition refund policy.

No response provided

d.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

11: Student Tuition Recovery Fund

a.
Does your state have a Student Tuition Recovery Fund (or similar fund for school closure)?

No response provided

b.
If yes, for what types of institutions?

No response provided

c.
Web link for student tuition recovery fund.

No response provided

d.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

12: Reporting

a.
What kinds of information or data must an institution report to your agency as a condition for continued out-of-state authorization?

No response provided

b.
How frequently do institutions report data?

No response provided

c.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

No response provided

d.
Web link for reporting.

No response provided

e.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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13: Enforcement

a.
What are possible consequences of institutional non-compliance?

No response provided

b.
Web link for enforcement information.

No response provided

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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14: Application Process

a.
Please provide a short description of the application process to obtain state authorization.
c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

15: Fees Associated with Authorization

a.
Is there an application fee associated with the authorization process?
b.
If yes, what is the fee or fee schedule?

No response provided

d.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

16: Records Retention

a.
When a school closes, what is the process your state uses to ensure that transcripts/records are kept available?

Schools are required to provide transcripts to the Division, a third party company or an agreement with another institution within 30 days of closure

b.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?
c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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17: Additional Information

a.
Is there anything else about the authorization process in your state that we and others ought to know about?

No response provided