WSR 02-08-051

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HIGHER EDUCATION

COORDINATING BOARD

[ Filed April 1, 2002, 10:46 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Institutional eligibility for participation in the state need grant program.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 28B.80 RCW and RCW 28B.10.822.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SB 5166 changed the provisions governing institutional eligibility. Rules need to be brought into line with the statute by:

(A) Recognizing the North Central Accrediting Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as acceptable accrediting agencies for schools participating in the state need grant program.

(B) Allowing the branch campuses of out-of-state institutions to participate in the state need grant program if they have offered twenty years or more of continuous classroom instruction in the state of Washington and have a full-time equivalent enrollment of seven hundred or more.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting John Klacik, Associate Director, Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430, e-mail johnk@hecb.wa.gov, phone (360) 753-7851, fax (360) 704-6251.

March 29, 2002

John Klacik

Associate Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office