WSR 08-13-075

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HIGHER EDUCATION

COORDINATING BOARD

[ Filed June 16, 2008, 12:36 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 256-61 WAC, Regulations for the Degree Authorization Act.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The higher education coordinating board (HECB) needs the revisions to the rules pertaining to the Degree-Granting Institutions Act to simplify and clarify the regulations, tighten requirements for authorization, and update the regulations to include changes to the statute.

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, 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.W., P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430, phone (360) 753-7866, fax (360) 704-6203, e-mail michaelb@hecb.wa.gov.

June 11, 2008

Michael J. Ball

Associate Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office