Responses Last Confirmed:

Colorado Department of Higher Education

Agency Contact

Heather DeLange
303.862.3005
Heather.delange@dhe.state.co.us

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Wayne William
303-894-2200
secretary@sos.state.co.us
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
_____    Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions
_____    Non-degree, not-for profit institutions
_____    Non

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

The answers above reflect only the authority under the Degree Authorization Act. The Colorado Department of Higher Education has other divisions within the department with authority over state supported institutions as well as non-degree schools.

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

Yes

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

All those checked above require accreditation from a US Department of Education recognized agency.

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

__X__ Institution   _____ Program   _____ Both

2C2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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

Yes

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

Language is in policy

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

Not other than one that is equal or greater than the requirement set by the US Department of Education.

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.

No response provided

5A2.
URL for physical presence definition
5A3.
Clarifying comments:

Colorado adopted the SARA physical presence definition.

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

No response provided

6A3.
Clarifying comments:

The policy contains the application process information. Institutions must make contact for more information.

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.

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?

Enrollment and degrees granted for Coloradan students.

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Annually

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

No, but can be if requested.

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?

The process for student complaints is the same in Colorado for every sector. Link below:

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.)?

All within the agency but is farmed out to the appropriate division, i.e., private colleges/universities, public colleges/universities, private occupational schools.

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)?

Yes, if appropriate. Staff member will likely reach out to the appropriate home state agency to determine jurisdiction and plan for resolution.

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

Contact Name Varies: Heather DeLange, Christina Carrillo, Mary Kanaly
Title:
Agency: Colorado Department of Higher Education< br /> Address: 1600 Broadway, Suite 2200 Denver, CO 80202
Email: Heather.delange@dhe.state.co.us; christina.carrillo@dhe.state.co.us; mary.kanaly@dhe.state.co.us
Phone: 303.862.3001
URL: https://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints/

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.

No response provided

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.)?

All within the agency but is farmed out to the appropriate division, i.e., private colleges/universities, public colleges/universities, private occupational schools.

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

Same as above with the exception that Heather DeLange is the SPE contact.

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?

See section 26.03 of policy.

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

Agency Name: Colorado Department of Higher Education
Contact Person: Varies based on institution oversight
Contact Phone: 303.862.3001
Contact Address: 1600 Broadway, Suite 2200 Denver, CO 80202
Contact Email:
Contact website: https://highered.colorado.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