WSR 03-04-079

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HIGHER EDUCATION

COORDINATING BOARD

[ Filed February 3, 2003, 11:38 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 250-61 WAC, Washington State Degree Authorization Act regulations.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 28B.85 RCW, Degree-granting Institutions Act.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Higher Education Coordinating Board needs the revisions to the rules pertaining to the Degree-granting Institutions Act to simplify and clarify the regulations, tighten requirements for authorization, update the fee structure and better protect students in the event of an institution's closure.

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; through individual and group meetings over a number of months, the HECB staff has worked to develop the proposed rule changes.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Michael J. Ball, Associate Director, Degree Authorization, Higher Education Coordinating Board, 917 Lakeridge Way S.E., P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430, phone (360) 753-7866, e-mail michaelb@hecb.wa.gov.

February 3, 2003

Michael J. Ball

Associate Director

Degree Authorization

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