Responses Last Confirmed:

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation

Agency Contact

Menia Dykes
601-432-6372
mdykes@mississippi.edu

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Delbert Hosemann
601-359-1350
delbert.hosemann@sos.ms.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

__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

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

Academic degree-granting institutions that offer one or more postsecondary academic degrees or offer instruction and are domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in the state must be authorized.  Postsecondary academic degrees include, but are not limited to, associate, bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees

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

Yes. 

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

MCCA recognizes the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges; the Association for Biblical Higher Education accrediting commission; the Association of Theological Schools accrediting commission; and will consider applications for MCCA authorization from out-of-state academic degree-granting postsecondary institutions accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies.

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

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

MCCA recognizes USDE-recognized Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC); Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (ABHE); Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS); and will consider applications for MCCA authorization from out-of-state academic degree-granting postsecondary institutions accredited by one of the six USDE-recognized regional accrediting agencies.

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

____ Institution   _____ Program   ___X__ Both

2C2.
Clarifying comments:

Institution must be authorized and the programs it offers approved; some programs may require approval from another state agency before MCCA will consider institution/program authorization/approval, i.e., nursing, education

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

Under consideration. 

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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

No. 

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.

Proprietary schools and colleges subject to regulation under Section 75-60-1 et seq. (Miss. Code Ann. § 37-101-241(7))

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:

If domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in the state, MCCA authorization required.  Examples of triggers for otherwise located include, but are not limited to

1. The institution maintains a telephone number with a Mississippi area code;

2. The institution maintains a postal address (either physical or PO Box) with a Mississippi zip code;

3. The institution maintains an Internet URL that originates in Mississippi or utilizes an ISP that is based in Mississippi;

4. The institution advertises that a future institution will be domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in the

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.

If domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in the state, MCCA authorization required.  Examples of otherwise located triggers include, but are not limited to

1.The institution maintains a telephone number with a Mississippi area code;

2. The institution maintains a postal address (either physical or PO Box) with a    Mississippi zip code;

3. The institution maintains an Internet URL that originates in Mississippi or utilizes an ISP that is based in Mississippi;

4. The institution advertises that a future institution will be domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in the State.

5A2.
URL for physical presence definition
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

http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/ Procedures to apply (Section 5, page 17 of Standards document)

Submit a written request for an application via regular mail along with a non-refundable fee of $100 to:

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation

3825 Ridgewood Road

Jackson, MS 39211

 

 

If not already incorporated or qualified to do business in the State of Mississippi, apply to the Secretary of State for Articles of Incorporation or, in the case of a non-domesticated corporation, a Certificate of Authority; and submit to the commission a copy of such Articles or Certificate along

6A2.
URL for application

Not provided. 

6A3.
Clarifying comments:

Not 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.

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.

 $100 application packet to begin application process

 $3,000 submitted with application

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?

Out-of-state institutions located in the state may be required to submit progress and/or status reports, accreditation documentation, and other reports annually or upon request by the commission, which could in future include reports on enrollment and graduation

8A2.
URL for reporting

No response provided

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Annually or upon request.

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

Enrollment and graduation data could be shared as part of the State’s Education Achievement Council report/records.

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?

If the complaint relates to an out-of-state institution not authorized by MCCA, direct complaint to the authorizing/licensing agency in the institution’s home state or to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.

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.)?

Complaints about vocational career/occupational schools in the state will be referred to CPSCR.  Otherwise, MCCA will facilitate an investigation.  Depending upon the nature of the complaint, the matter may be referred to the MS AG’s Consumer Protection Division.    

9A4.
Clarifying comments:

MCCA, CPSCR, and the AG are the primary/central contacts for complaint.s

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)?

If the complaint relates to an out-of-state institution not authorized by MCCA, direct complaint to the authorizing/licensing agency in the institution’s home state or to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.

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

Menia Dykes

  MCCA Executive Secretary/IHL Director of Accreditation

  Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation/MS IHL

  3825 Ridgewood Road

  Jackson, MS  39211

    mdykes@mississippi.edu

   601.432.6372

   www.mississippi.edu/mcca/

9B3.
Clarifying comments:

Receive MCCA complaints.

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - SARA Participating Institutions

10A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about SARA participating Institutions.

As SARA portal entity, follow SARA policy.

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.)?

Will pull in the CPSCR director if involves a vocational career/occupational school; otherwise facilitate per SARA policy.

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

Menia Dykes

MCCA Executive Secretary/IHL Director of Accreditation

 Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation/MS IHL

 3825 Ridgewood Road

  Jackson, MS  39211

  mdykes@mississippi.edu

  601.432.6372

  www.mississippi.edu/mcca/

10A5.
Clarifying comments:

Receive MS-SARA complaints.

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?

Evidence of disposition of student records, with a contact person, complete address, and telephone number and instructions for how student records may be obtained.  Institution officials are required to notify MCCA of the arrangements made for the location/management of student records.   

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

For academic degree-granting institutions authorized by MCCA, the institution required to provide MCCA with the contact information for the entity storing/managing their student records and instructions to request transcripts.  Students should visit the MCCA website or email or telephone MCCA regarding closed MCCA schools.

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation

Menia Dykes

601-432-6372

3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS  39211

mcca@mississippi.edu

http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/ (scroll to bottom of page to see closed schools)

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