[Filed December 9, 1998, 11:32 a.m.]
Title of Rule: WAC 250-61-090.
Purpose: Administrative requirements.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 28B.85 RCW.
Summary: Identify additional conditions for administrators.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Need additional criteria to ensure fair business practices.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jane Battey, 1603 Cooper Point, Olympia, WA (360) 586-2848.
Name of Proponent: Higher Education Coordinating Board, governmental.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Rule identifies four conditions that disqualify administrator of a degree-granting institution: (a) Conviction of a felony within ten years; (b) involuntary surrender of license to operate a school in Washington; (c) served with cease and desist order for activities in violation of current WAC; (d) denied renewal of license because of violation of current WAC.
Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: This change protects consumers and students from potential losses of prepaid tuition and fees.
THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED TO BE ADOPTED USING AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS RULE BEING ADOPTED USING THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Jane Battey, Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 43450, 1603 Cooper Point Road, Olympia, WA 98504-3450, AND RECEIVED BY February 20, 1999.
December 9, 1998
Jane E. Battey
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-01-003, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95)
WAC 250-61-090 Administrative requirements. (1) Name. The official name of the institution shall be consistent with and appropriate to the program(s) of study offered.
(2) Purpose. The institution shall clearly define its purpose or mission in an official statement which describes its role in higher education. The statement shall reflect the practice of the institution.
(3) Administration and governance. The institution shall be governed by bylaws or policies defining a chain of authority and responsibility.
(a) Administrators shall normally be graduates of recognized accredited institutions and possess academic credentials and prior higher education administrative experience for their area of responsibility.
(b) The main campus of the institution shall have, as a minimum, a chief executive officer, an academic officer, a registrar, a business officer, a student services officer, a library director, and, if financial aid services are offered, a financial aid officer. These officers shall be accessible to students, faculty, and other personnel located at the main campus and at educational sites or centers in Washington.
(i) The chief executive and academic officers shall possess at least the master's degree and experience in college-level management, teaching, and academic administration, unless the institution can demonstrate that these are not the normally accepted standards for an institution offering the same level of instruction.
(ii) The registrar, business, and student services officers shall possess at least the baccalaureate degree and college-level experience in admissions/student records, accounting/managerial services, and student services respectively, unless the institution can demonstrate that these are not the normally accepted standards for an institution offering the same level of instruction.
(iii) The financial aid officer and library director shall possess at least the baccalaureate degree and experience in their assigned areas, unless the institution can demonstrate that these are not the normally accepted standards for an institution offering the same level of instruction.
(c) The institution shall specify an individual who will serve as the principal contact person for each educational site or academic center in Washington. This institutional representative shall be responsible for instructional program coordination and student services.
(d) The institution shall have policies and provisions for the involvement of faculty in the academic affairs, curriculum development, and governance of the institution. The institution also shall have policies and provisions for faculty selection, orientation, teaching load, supervision, evaluation, and professional development.
(4) The following conditions shall disqualify individuals as an administrator of a degree-granting institution:
(a) Conviction of a felony within the past ten years;
(b) Involuntary surrender of a license to operate a school in Washington;
(c) Having been served with a cease and desist order for activities in violation of the current Washington Administrative Code; or
(d) Denial of renewal of a license because of violation of the current Washington Administrative Code.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.80.370. 95-01-003, § 250-61-090, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95; 86-24-003 (Order 7/86, Resolution No. 87-34), § 250-61-090, filed 11/20/86.]