Responses Last Confirmed:

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Agency Contact

Teri Stanfill
602-542-2399
teri.stanfill@azppse.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Michele Reagan
602-542-6187
sosadmin@azsos.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
____    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,

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:

No response provided

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

No response provided
Regional 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
____

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.

Depends

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

Would depend on the institution, accreditation status, financial status.

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

Yes – All institutions.

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.

No response provided

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.

From Rules Document

10.“Operate” has the meaning specified in A.R.S. § 32-3001 and includes the concept of “physical presence” as defined by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Policies and Standards, dated August 19, 2014 (See http://nc-sara.org).

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

All new institutions must submit a letter of intent.  Once licensure is determined, the institution will complete the E-Licensing process (elicense.az.gov).

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.

Yes, a new application fee of $800 is required. Renewal license fees are determined by annual Gross Tuition Revenue and range from $600 to $2,300 per year.

7A2.
URL for Fee Information

No response provided

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?

Accreditation, financial performance. Data collected at initial licensing and annually during renewal process.

8A2.
URL for reporting

https://elicense.az.gov

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Renewal cycle is one year

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

Generic data is available through the boards annual report.

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?

Complete complaint form. Investigator will contact complainant.

9A2.
URL for the complaint form
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.)?

No response provided

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)?

Complaint process is for any school we license.

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

Contact Name – Keith Blanchard

Title - Investigator

Agency – Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Address – 1740 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Email – keith.blanchard@azppse.gov

Phone -  (602) 542-5769

URL – www.azppse.gov

 

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.

We provide the link to the SARA complaint process

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.)?

No response provided

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

Contact Name – Keith Blanchard

Title - Investigator

Agency – Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Address – 1740 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Email – keith.blanchard@azppse.gov

Phone -  (602) 542-5769

URL – www.azppse.gov

 

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?

No response provided

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

Agency Name – Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Contact Person – Kevin LaMountain

Contact Phone -  602-542-5716

Contact Address 1740 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Contact Email – kevin.lamountain@azppse.gov

Contact web site – www.azppse.gov

 

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