Responses Last Confirmed:

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

Agency Contact

Kierke A. Kussart
907-465-6741
kierke.kussart@alaska.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Bryon Mallott
907-269-7460
lt.governor@alaska.gov
Topic:

Types of Educational Providers Authorized

2A1.
Institution Types Authorized – 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
_X__    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
_X__    Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions
_X__    Non-degree, not-for profit institutions
_X__    Non-degree,

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2B1.
Is accreditation required for an institution to be authorized in your state? Yes or No.

No

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

accreditation is required to offer degrees but ACPE also regulates non-degree granting schools

2B3.
If yes, what type of accreditation is required? Please, check all that apply as appropriate.


Regional Accreditation Required for:
_X__ 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
____ Non-degree, not-for profit institutions
____ Non-degree, for-profit institutions
____ Religious institutions
____

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2C1.
Does your agency authorize specific academic programs offered by institutions, only institutions themselves, or both?

____ Institution   _____ Program   _X__ Both

2C2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2D1.
Does your state require a Surety Bond for authorized out-of-state institutions? Yes or No.

No response provided

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

Publics are an exception

2E1.
Does your state have a Tuition Refund Policy Requirement? If so, for which types of institutions?

Yes, all institutions but degree granting institutions can request a waiver

Topic:

Exemptions

3A1.
Are certain institutions or programs exempt by law or policy from your state authorization requirements? If so, for which types of institutions? Which types of programs? Please provide web link.
Topic:

Authorization of Distance Education

4A1.
Does your agency require purely online programs offered by out-of-state institutions to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No.

No

4A2.
If not, does your agency determine whether an institution must be authorized based on a physical presence (“operating”) standard? Yes or No.

Yes

4A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

4B1.
Does your agency require correspondence study programs to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No

No

4B2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Physical Presence Policy - Common Triggers

5A1.
If your agency uses a physical presence standard, how does your agency define physical presence? If available, please provide a link to that policy or a citation to the relevant regulation giving that standard.

No response provided

5A2.
URL for physical presence definition

20 AAC 17.900. Definitions. (a) In this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise (12) “physical presence” means the presence of a facility, faculty, or staff within the state; in this paragraph, “faculty” and “staff” do not include site supervisors or mentors for local internships or practica, or adjunct personnel.

5A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Application Process

6A1.
Description – Please provide a short description of the application process to obtain state authorization. If available, please provide web links to the specific references to all applicable state laws, regulations, manuals, forms, or other pertinent docu
6A2.
URL for application

We do not house the application on our website

6A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Fees Associated with Authorization

7A1.
Application Fee – Is there an application fee to initiate the authorization process? If so, what is the fee or fee schedule? Please provide a web link if available.

$2500

7A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Reporting

8A1.
What kinds of information or data must an institution report to your agency as a condition for continued out-of-state authorization?

I am not clear on what you mean by out-of-state authorization.  We have authorization for qualifying in-state institutions (including satellite and branch campuses of institutions with a home state other than Alaska).  But we don’t have out of state and in state authorization.  We have authorization or exemption from authorization.  We do not collect data from exempt institutions.

8A2.
URL for reporting

No response provided

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

When they renew authorization which is every 1 to 5 years

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

No

8A5.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - Non-SARA Participating Institutions

9A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about out-of-state postsecondary institutions or programs?

No response provided

9A2.
URL for the complaint form

No response provided

9A3.
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.)?

Authorized are treated differently exempt.  All are handled by the same agency.  

9A4.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

9B1.
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

9B2.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?

Contact Name: Kierke Kussart
Title: Program Coordinator
Agency: ACPE
Address: PO Box 110505 Juneau, AK 99811
Email: eed.acpe-ia@alaska.gov
Phone: 907-465-6741
URL

9B3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - SARA Participating Institutions

10A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about SARA participating Institutions.
10A2.
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.)?

Within the agency

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions
10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?

Contact Name
Title
Agency
Address
Email
Phone
URL: https://acpe.alaska.gov/ConsumerProtection

10A5.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Enforcement

11A1.
If your agency has written descriptions of the possible consequence of institutional non-compliance, please provide it (or provide a web link).

No response provided

Topic:

Records Retention

12A1.
When a school closes, what is the process your state uses to ensure that transcripts/records are kept available?

ACPE is the repository for closed school records for Alaska based schools

12B1.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?

 

 

Topic:

Additional Information

13A1.
Is there anything else about the authorization process in your state that we and others ought to know about?

No response provided