Responses Last Confirmed:

Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Agency Contact

Kathleen Fimple
402-471-0030
kathleen.fimple@nebraska.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

John Gale
402-471-2554
sos.info@nebraska.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 institutions

____ Non-degree, for-profit institutions

__X_

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

“Authorization” varies with institution. Nebraska Department of Education authorizes non-degree granting institutions and may have different responses

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

Yes. if there is a physical presence.

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:

All institutions falling under this agency must be accredited by an entity approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

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

____ 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.

No. 

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

For for-profit institutions with a physical presence there is a Guaranty Recovery Cash Fund.

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

Institutions must have one if not under Title IV (with physical presence).

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.

Nebraska Department of Education covers non-degree granting and has exemptions.

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.

No response provided

5A2.
URL for physical presence definition

https://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=85-2403

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
6A2.
URL for application

https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/sites/ccpe.nebraska.gov/files/RecurrentAuthorization_initial%20application.pdf

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.

Not provided. 

7A2.
URL for Fee Information

https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/sites/ccpe.nebraska.gov/files/Fee%20Schedule.pdf

7A3.
Clarifying comments:

Not 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

Renewal

https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/sites/ccpe.nebraska.gov/files/RecurrentAuthorization_renewal%20request.pdf

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Annually; renewal typically every five years.

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

Yes. 

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?

No response provided

9A2.
URL for the complaint form

https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/student-complaints-against-postsecondary-institutions

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.)?

Student must have exhausted all options at the institution; then this agency covers the complaint.

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. 

9B2.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name Kathleen Fimple                        
  • Title Academic Programs Officer
  • Agency Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
  • Address PO Box 95005, Lincoln, NE 68509-5009
  • Email Kathleen.fimple@nebraska.gov
  • Phone 402-471-0030
  • URL

 

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.

Student must have exhausted all options at the institution; then this agency covers the complaint.

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.)?

Student must have exhausted all options at the institution; then this agency covers the complaint.

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions

https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/student-complaints-against-postsecondary-institutions

10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name Kathleen Fimple                        
  • Title Academic Programs Officer
  • Agency Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
  • Address PO Box 95005, Lincoln, NE 68509-5009
  • Email Kathleen.fimple@nebraska.gov
  • Phone 402-471-0030
  • 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).

https://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=85-2414

 

Topic:

Records Retention

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

Statute requires they be deposited at the University of Nebraska.

12B1.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Registrar
  • Contact Person
  • Contact Phone           402-472-3635
  • Contact Address  Transcripts, 107 Canfield Administration Building, Lincoln, NE 68588-0416
  • Contact Email
  • Contact web site       http://registrar.unl.edu
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