TO AMEND THE LAW RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF PROPRIETARY SCHOOLS.
Enacts new GS 115D-89.1, establishing the seven-member State Board of Private Sector Postsecondary Education (State Board of PSPE) in the Community Colleges System Office, effective January 1, 2012. Details State Board of PSPE membership, appointing authority, term limits, and additional administrative provisions. Prohibits a General Assembly member or spouse or a state officer or employee from serving on the State Board of PSPE. Requires the State Board of Community Colleges to receive written recommendations from the State Board of PSPE regarding applicants and renewal applicants for proprietary school licenses. Directs the State Board of Community Colleges to also receive recommended changes to GS Chapter 115D or 23 NCAC 3A from the State Board of PSPE. Directs the State Board of PSPE to provide a written report including specified information to the State Board of Community Colleges each year. Amends various provisions in GS Chapter 115D to replace references to the President of the Community College System with references to the State Board of Private Sector Postsecondary Education, or to add references to the State Board of PSPE, as applicable. Amends GS 115D-91, clarifying that all licenses will expire on June 30 (rather than on June 30 next following issuance). Amends GS 115D-95.1, stating that the State Board of PSPE will serve as the Student Protection Advisory Committee, and makes conforming changes.
Effective July 1, 2011, terminates two positions in the Community Colleges System Office of Proprietary Schools. Places fiduciary responsibility for the Commercial Education Fund in the State Board of PSPE on January 1, 2012.
Authorizes appointments to the State Board of PSPE to be made on or after the day the act becomes law, and permits the State Board of PSPE to meet after all members have been appointed. Allows the State Board of PSPE to establish operations before January 1, 2012, with approval from the State Board of Community Colleges. Effective when the act becomes law.
Effective January 1, 2012, unless otherwise indicated.
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