Responses Last Confirmed:

Maine Department of Higher Education

Agency Contact

Angel Martinez Laredo
207-624-6846
angel.loredo@maine.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Matt Dunlap
207-626-8400
sos.office@maine.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

__X_    Public, in-state degree granting institutions
__X_    Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions        
__X_    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,

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?

No response provided

____ 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.

No

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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

Yes, All

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.

Only religious affiliated

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

Yes

4B2.
Clarifying comments:

Those that are proprietary non-degree

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

Chapter 149:  https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/highered/online

5A3.
Clarifying comments:

Outside universities must take our online survey.

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

6A2.
URL for application

http://www2.maine.gov/doe/learning/highered/degrees/exemptionprocess

6A3.
Clarifying comments:

Postsecondary institutions will apply complete the survey first.  If a physical presence is detected then we offer them the opportunity to see degree granting status.

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 fees

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?

It is listed on our website.

8A2.
URL for reporting

https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/highered/degrees

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Yearly

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?

A form is filled out and submitted to the portal agency.  An investigation is conducted.

9A2.
URL for the complaint form

https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/highered/sara

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.)?

Within the 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)?

All SARA in-state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions are used.

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

Contact Name:  Angel M. Loredo

Title:  Director of Higher Education

Agency:  Maine Department of Education

Address:  23 State House Station, Augusta, Maine

Email:  Angel.loredo@maine.gov

Phone:  207-624-6846

URL:  https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/highered/sara

 

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.

They are listed on the above website.

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.)?

same process as above and same contact person

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions

No response provided

10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?

No response provided

Contact Name
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Email
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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).

We do not.

Topic:

Records Retention

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

The state keeps the records

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

Agency Name: Maine Department of Education

Contact Person:  Jason Libby              

Contact Phone:  207-624-6856

Contact Address:  23 State House Station, Augusta, ME

Contact Email:  Jason.Libby@maine.gov

Contact web site: https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/highered

 

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