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Oregon Bulletin

October 1, 2013

Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Chapter 715

Rule Caption: Delegating duties, and powers of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission relative to degree authorization.

Adm. Order No.: HECC 1-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 8-21-2013

Certified to be Effective: 8-21-13

Notice Publication Date: 8-1-2013

Rules Adopted: 715-010-0000, 715-010-0015, 715-010-0025

Subject: These rules regard the delegation of duties, functions, and powers of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission relative to the Office of Degree Authorization. The Office needs to provide the functions described in temporary rules and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission is seeking to make the rules permanent

Rules Coordinator: Seth Allen—(503) 378-8213

715-010-0000

Implementing ORS 348.594 to 348.615 and 348.992

This rule implements Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 348.594 to 348.615 and 348.992 for the purpose of providing for the protection of the citizens of Oregon and their post-secondary schools by ensuring the quality of higher education offered to Oregon students and preserving the integrity of an academic degree as a public credential. The term “manager” as used in this rule means the employee in the position of responsibility for managing the programs and activities implemented by the aforementioned laws and these rules.

Stat. Auth.: 2012 SB 242

Stats. Implemented: 2012 SB 242

Hist.: HECC 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-13

715-010-0015

Delegating the Duties

This rule is for the purpose of delegating the duties, functions, and powers of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission with respect to degree authorization, degree validation, and review of new academic programs under ORS 348.594 to 348.615 and 348.992 to the manager of these programs and activities.

(1) Degree authorization shall be the responsibility of the manager, who shall have final authority with regard to:

(a) Authorization of post-secondary schools to offer academic degree programs (under Oregon Administrative Rules 583-030);

(b) Authorization of approved degree-granting schools to offer academic programs leading to a certificate or diploma;

(c) Termination of any activities related to higher education by an education entity not authorized to offer degrees and post-secondary academic programs in Oregon and ineligible for exemption from authorization under Oregon statutes.

(2) Degree validation under OAR 583-050 shall be the responsibility of the manager, who shall have final authority with regard to:

(a) Validation of claims of degree possession and determination of appropriate degree use under Oregon law;

(b) Termination of substandard or fraudulent degree activities;

(c) Termination of activities of diploma mills operating in or from Oregon;

(d) Termination of any operation in or from Oregon of post-secondary accrediting bodies that are not recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Stat. Auth.: 2012 SB 242

Stats. Implemented: 2012 SB 242

Hist.: HECC 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-13

715-010-0025

Establishing Fees for Public Record

A fee may be imposed on any school or person requesting services or information from the commission pertaining to the administration of its functions under ORS 348.594 to 348.615. The amount of the fee shall be established by the manager to recover designated expenses incurred by the commission in carrying out the administration of ORS 348.594 to 348.615. Any fees collected by the commission, for services that are the responsibility of the manager shall be deposited in the Degree Authorization Account established under ORS 348.601 and used exclusively for purposes directly related to the duties and functions of the commission under the authority of the manager as delegated by the commission.

Stat. Auth.: 2012 SB 242

Stats. Implemented: 2012 SB 242

Hist.: HECC 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-13

Notes
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