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Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP)

Agency Contact

Bobbi Lum-Mew
808-586-7327
blummew@dcca.hawaii.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Shan S Tsutsui
808-586-0255
ltgov@hawaii.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
____      Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions
____      Non-degree, not-for profit institutions
____     

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

Public in-state degree-granting institutions are already authorized per statute.  Regarding religious institutions:  Those which offer more than just religious degrees  are authorized by HPEAP:  https://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/files/2017/03/Seminary-Authorization-App.pdf

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

Yes

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

Institutional accreditation is required, whether regional or national.

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?

_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:

Surety bond is required unless they have been continuously operating in Hawaii for at least 10 years and have been accredited for at least 10 years.

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

No, institutions must meet or exceed the refund policies required by the U.S. Dept. of Education or the requirements of its accrediting body if they do not participate in federal financial aid programs.

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.
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
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.

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?

No response provided

8A2.
URL for reporting

No response provided

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

No response provided

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

No response provided

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?
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.)?

For institutions not authorized by HPEAP, the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) will take in complaints.  OCP is a different agency from HPEAP although we are in the same department.  OCP takes in complaints about unfair and deceptive acts or practices.

 

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, for institutions not authorized by HPEAP, the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) will take in complaints.  OCP is a different agency from HPEAP although we are in the same department.  OCP takes in complaints about unfair and deceptive acts or practices.

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

Contact Name: No response provided

Title:  No response provided

Agency: Office of Consumer Protection

Address: http://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/contact/

Email  ocp@dcca.hawaii.gov

Phone: http://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/contact/

URL:  http://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/ 

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.)?

All within the program

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

Contact Name: No response provided

Title: No response provided

Agency: Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP)

Address: 335 Merchant Street, Room 310, Hon., HI 96813

Email: hpeap@dcca.hawaii.gov 

Phone: (808) 586-7327

URL: http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/

10A5.
Clarifying comments:

This is a two-person office.  Either person named previously may be contacted.

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).
Topic:

Records Retention

12A1.
When a school closes, what is the process your state uses to ensure that transcripts/records are kept available?
12B1.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?

For an HPEAP-authorized school that has closed, contact HPEAP

Agency Name
Contact Person
Contact Phone
Contact Address
Contact Email
Contact website
 

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