Responses Last Confirmed:

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO)/Employment & Training

Agency Contact

James Farhat
517-256-8670
farhatj@michigan.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Ruth Johnson
517-373-2510
secretary@michigan.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   **Distance Education only**
_X__     Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions ** Distance Education only**   
_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
_X___   Religious institutions
_X__     Tribally-controlled institutions    **Distance Education only**
_____   Federal Institutions
_____   Municipal institutions

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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

Yes (depending on the type of entity being established)

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

Private Colleges/Universities require accreditation prior to approval; however, some proprietary schools (non-degree) granting schools do not require accreditation, but it is an option.

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 institutions
____     Tribally-controlled institutions
_____   Federal Institutions
_____   Municipal institutions

                National 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 institutions
____     Tribally-controlled institutions
_____   Federal Institutions
_____   Municipal 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   __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.

Yes (depending on the entity type)

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

No requirement if a private college/university is being established; however, proprietary schools (non-degree) granting require surety bonds.

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

No response provided

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.

Public colleges authorized by the Michigan Constitution.  In addition, certain private institutions that were formed under a separate act prior to the enacted law 1931 PA 327, Michigan General Corporation Act, MCL 450.170 to 450.177, as amended are exempt from state authorization or licensure.

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 response provided

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

No response provided

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

Proprietary schools under (1943 PA 148),  MCL 395.101 to 395.103; Administrative Rules; R 390.561 to R 390.569 non-degree granting; submit a completed application along with the appropriate fee.

Degree granting schools under (1931 PA 327) , MCL 450.170 to 450.177 submit a proposal requesting approval to operate a private college or university in Michigan as an educational corporation.  No fee required.

Distance Education Authorization under (2015 PA 45), MCL 390.1691 to 390.1697, Higher Education Authorization and Distance Education Reciprocal Exchange Act; submit a completed application along with the appropriate fee.

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.

Distance Education Authorization:

In-State Schools; $4,000.00 application fee total:

 -Break down; $2,000.00 application fee

                       $2,000.00 authorization fee

Renewal fee:  $2,000.00 

Out-of-State Schools; $10,000.00 application fee total:

 -Breakdown; $5,000.00 application fee

                      $5,000.00 authorization fee

Renewal fee: $5,000.00

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.)?

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)?

No response provided

9B2.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving 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.
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?
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).
Topic:

Records Retention

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

Records are housed in our Records Center

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

14.
Does your state have a Student Tuition Recovery Fund (or similar fund for school closure)? Yes or No. If Yes, for what type of institutions?

No response provided