Responses Last Confirmed:

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Agency Contact

Kevin LaMountain
602-542-5716
kevin.lamountain@azppse.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Michele Reagan
602-542-6187
sosadmin@azsos.gov
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
____    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?

No

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

No response provided

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?

YES

b.
If yes, for what types of institutions? Which types of programs?

Religious Exemption and others. Follow ARS 32-3021 F1-12

c.
Web link for exemptions.
d.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

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?

No

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

Yes

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

No

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?

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).

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.

We provide the link to the SARA complaint process

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.
d.
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

 

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?

Complete complaint form. Investigator will contact complainant.

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)?

Complaint process is for any school we license.

d.
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

 

e.
Web link for the complaint form.
f.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

9: Surety Bonds

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

Depends

b.
Web link for surety bonds.

No response provided

c.
Clarifying comments:

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

Topic

10: Tuition Refund Policy

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

Yes – All institutions.

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)?

Yes - All non-regionally accredited institutions are required to fund STRF - only students attending non-regionally accredited institutions are eligible for STRF protection. 

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?

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

b.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Renewal cycle is one year

c.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

Generic data is available through the boards annual report.

d.
Web link for reporting.

https://elicense.az.gov

e.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

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

Topic

14: Application Process

a.
Please provide a short description of the application process to obtain state authorization.

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

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

15: Fees Associated with Authorization

a.
Is there an application fee associated with the authorization process?

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.

b.
If yes, what is the fee or fee schedule?

No response provided

c.
Web link for fee information.

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?

All schools that close are required to provide electronic records (in Parchment format) to the State Board within 30 days of closure.

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

Agency Name – Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Contact Person – Rachel Kierce

Contact Phone -  602-542-5716

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

Contact Email – rachel.kierce@azppse.gov

Contact web site – www.azppse.gov

 

c.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic

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