PROHIBITING ANY PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION FROM SOLICITING OR USING INFORMATION REGARDING THE ACCREDITATION OF A SECONDARY SCHOOL ATTENDED BY A STUDENT AS A FACTOR AFFECTING ADMISSIONS, LOANS, SCHOLARSHIPS, OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AT THE PUBLIC INSTITUTION, UNLESS THE ACCREDITATION WAS CONDUCTED BY A STATE AGENCY; AUTHORIZING THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ACCREDIT SCHOOLS IN A LOCAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT AT THE REQUEST OF AND AT THE EXPENSE OF THAT UNIT; AND MODIFYING THE BUDGET OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION ACCORDINGLY.
Enacts new GS 115D-1.3, directing the State Board of Community Colleges to adopt a policy that prohibits any community college from soliciting or using information regarding a secondary school’s accreditation as a factor affecting admissions, loans, scholarships, or other educational activity of any applicant or student at the community college, unless the accreditation was performed by a state agency. Specifies that accreditation includes certification or other similar approval process for the section’s purposes. Makes the same changes to GS 116-11, concerning the University of North Carolina and constituent institutions. Applies to academic semesters beginning on or after July 1, 2011.
Enacts new subdivision (38) to GS 115C-12 to direct the State Board of Education (SBE), at the local board of education’s request, to evaluate schools in local school administrative units to determine whether the education provided meets acceptable levels of quality. Lists required considerations for the (SBE). Directs the local unit to pay (SBE) for the accreditation process and appropriates those funds to the Department of Public Instruction for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 fiscal years.
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