Responses Last Confirmed:

Mississippi Commission of Proprietary School and College Registration

Agency Contact

Kim Verneuille
601-432-6185
kverneuille@mccb.edu

Additional Contact

Megan Akins
601-432-6518

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

NO INFORMATION PROVIDED AT THIS TIME

_____    Public, in-state degree granting institutions
_____    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
__X__    Non-degree,

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

The Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration (CPSCR) is responsible for the administration of the Mississippi Proprietary School and College Registration Law, Title 75, Chapter 60, Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended.  CPSCR serves as the state approval and licensing authority for proprietary schools offering vocational/occupational/technical post-secondary education.

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

NO

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

For institutions wishing to offer degrees, accreditation is required from an accrediting agency recognized/approved by the US Department of Education. Institutions offering diploma or certificates, accreditation is not required. However, all state laws on professional licensure must be adhered to by all registered CPSCR schools.

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:

CPSCR does not authorized any institutions offering academic programs, only vocational/technical/occupational programs.

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

Yes

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.

Exemptions are in CPSCR regulations https://www.mccb.edu/node/88

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:

Any institution not based in the State of Mississippi, whether or not it offers instruction to residents of Mississippi only over the Internet, is determined to need a Certificate of Registration issued by the Commission to offer postsecondary instruction in the State if they engage in at least one of the following activities:

  1. The institution maintains a telephone number with a Mississippi area code;
  2. The institution maintains a postal address with a Mississippi zip code;
  3. The institution markets and/or recruits Mississippi students via any means of media which originates in Mississippi;
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.

Any institution not based in the State of Mississippi, whether or not it offers instruction to residents of Mississippi only over the Internet, is determined to need a Certificate of Registration issued by the Commission to offer postsecondary instruction in the State if they engage in at least one of the following activities:

  1. The institution maintains a telephone number with a Mississippi area code;
  2. The institution maintains a postal address with a Mississippi zip code;
  3. The institution markets and/or recruits Mississippi students via any means of media which originates in Mississippi;
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

Any person interested in making application for a certificate of registration or an agent's permit under the Mississippi Proprietary School and College Registration Law should contact, in writing;

Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211

The application packet fee is $25.00 and must be submitted by check or money order.

After receipt of the written request and a $25.00 application fee, each prospective applicant will be emailed access login to the online registration system, a copy of the Mississippi Proprietary School and College

6A2.
URL for application
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.

Application fee: At the time you apply, the fee of $3000 ($2500 for the application & $500 for agent license). All completed applications must be submitted 30 days prior to a Commission meeting.

7A2.
URL for Fee Information
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 not required to register with CPSCR must submit a letter of continued compliance with out-of-state criteria each year.

8A2.
URL for reporting
8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Annually

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?

Complaints on institutions not directly authorized by CPSCR, should drift their complaint to the home state in which the institution is located. However, MS residents may contact CPSCR for information.

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.)?

Complaints about academic institutions will be referred to MCCA. Otherwise, CPSCR will facilitate tan investigation. Depending upon the nature of the complaint, the matter may be referred to the MS AG’s Consumer Protection Division.

9A4.
Clarifying comments:

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

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)?

Complaints on institutions not directly authorized by CPSCR, should drift their complaint to the home state in which the institution is located. However, MS residents may contact CPSCR for information.

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

Contact Name: Kim Verneuille
Title: Director
Agency: Commission on Proprietary Schools and College Registration
Address: 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211
Email: kverneuille@mccb.edu
Phone: 601-432-6185
URL: link: https://www.mccb.edu/node/87

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.

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.)?

Not directly, MCCA is the SARA portal. However, due to the nature of the complaint and type of institutions, CPSCR will work with MCCA if necessary.

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

Contact Name: Menia Dykes
Title:
Agency: MCCA
Address:
Email: mdykes@mississippi.edu
Phone:
URL:
 

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?

No response provided 

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

Agency Name: Commission on Proprietary Schools and College Registration
Contact Person: Kim Verneuille
Contact Phone: 601-432-6185
Contact Address: 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211
Contact Email: kverneuille@mccb.edu
Contact website: https://www.mccb.edu/node/87

Topic:

Additional Information

13A1.
Is there anything else about the authorization process in your state that we and others ought to know about?

Rules and regulations are always being reviewed and update. Please contact the CPSCR office with specific questions.