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13b.02.02.00.htm 13B.02.02.00. Title 13B MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION Subtitle 02 ACADEMIC REGULATIONS Chapter 02 Minimum Requirements for In-State Degree-Granting Institutions Authority: Education Article, §11-105(b)1) (o) (s) (u) 11-201―11-207, and 15-106.1, Annotated Code of Maryland
13b.02.02.01.htm 13B.02.02.01. 01 Purpose.. A. This chapter implements the provisions of Education Article, §11-201―11-204, Annotated Code of Maryland.B. The purpose of this chapter is to require that in-State institutions:. 1) Maintain intellectual and academic integrity;. 2) Have adequate financial resources and be operated in accordance with acceptable principles of sound financial management;3) Have a clearly defined mission, with goals and objectives consistent with the purposes of higher education;
13b.02.02.02.htm 13B.02.02.02. 02 Scope and Applicability.. A. The requirements in this chapter apply to all in-State institutions that require or seek a certificate of approval to operate, or continue to operate, and grant formal awards within the State. Those private in-State institutions that are exempt under charters granted by the General Assembly, as provided in Education Article, §11-202(c) Annotated Code of Maryland, are covered under §D of this regulation and Regulations .05, .10, .11, and .12 of
13b.02.02.03.htm 13B.02.02.03. 03 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) Academic Credit.. a) "Academic credit" means the certification of a student's successful completion of a unit of a course of study leading to a formal award granted by an in-State institution approved to offer a collegiate degree, such as an associate or higher degree.b) "Academic credit" does not include credit that may be awarded for remedial education..
13b.02.02.04.htm 13B.02.02.04. 04 Institutional Titles.. A. A person, firm, association, corporation, or other entity may not use the name "college" "university" "regional higher education center" or word of similar import, in such manner as to connote the offering of a postsecondary educational course or program, unless that person, firm, association, or corporation has first met the criteria established by, and obtained a certificate of approval from, the Commission in the manner provided by law.
13b.02.02.05.htm 13B.02.02.05. 05 Need Criteria.. A. Before the Commission may evaluate the readiness of an institution to operate or award new degrees in the State, including the offering of an instructional program or a degree level not previously subject to approval or recommendation or not authorized by an institution's charter, the institution shall present evidence demonstrating the educational need to establish operations, offer programs, and award the degrees in question in the State.
13b.02.02.06.htm 13B.02.02.06. 06 Institutional Approval Process.. A. A prospective in-State institution may not operate, do business, recruit or enroll students, or begin instruction until it obtains approval from the Commission in accordance with this regulation.B. An existing associate degree-granting institution seeking approval to offer baccalaureate or higher degrees may not recruit or enroll students, or begin instruction for the proposed new degree program until it obtains approval from the Commission
13b.02.02.07.htm 13B.02.02.07. 07 Financial Guarantee.. A. Before considering the initial approval of a public institution granting baccalaureate or higher degrees, the Commission shall receive assurance from the institution's governing board that it will support adequate funding for capital and operating costs of the institution.B. Private Institutions Granting Baccalaureate or Higher Degrees.. 1) For a private institution granting baccalaureate or higher degrees, the governing board, or the i
13b.02.02.08.htm 13B.02.02.08. 08 Maintenance of Authority to Operate.. A. An approval granted by the Secretary or the Commission remains in effect in accordance with its terms unless the Secretary or the Commission has limited the approval for a certain period of time in the approval action.B. Upon the expiration of an approval issued by the Commission, the Secretary may renew or reaffirm an in-State institution's approval if the Secretary is satisfied that the institution is in continue
13b.02.02.09.htm 13B.02.02.09. 09 Withdrawal of Approval and Other Sanctions.. A. If, on the basis of available documentation, the Secretary believes that an in-State institution does not meet the conditions or standards on which its certificate of approval, or any other approval issued by the Commission or Secretary, was based, the Secretary shall give the institution written notice specifying the deficiencies believed to exist.B. The written notice shall specify the alleged deficiencies, direct the in
13b.02.02.10.htm 13B.02.02.10. 10 New Degrees.. A. If an in-State institution wishes to offer a new degree not previously offered by the institution unless already controlled by Regulation .06 of this chapter, the institution, through its governing board, shall submit a proposal and request the Commission to assess the readiness of the institution to grant the degree in accordance with Commission policies and procedures.B. Review.. 1) In response to a request for approval of a new degree, the Secretary may
13b.02.02.11.htm 13B.02.02.11. 11 New Programs.. A. If an in-State institution wishes to offer an instructional program not authorized in the institution's certificate of approval or charter or not previously subject to approval or recommendation of the Commission, the institution shall submit a proposal and a request for approval or recommendation through its governing board to the Commission in accordance with this chapter and policies and procedures specified by the Secretary.B. The Secretary shall re
13b.02.02.12.htm 13B.02.02.12. 12 Off-Campus Instruction.. A. In-State institutions may offer credit-bearing course work amounting to less than 1/3 of the required course work of a major field of study leading to a degree or certificate at a location other than that of the sponsoring institution/campus without Commission approval.B. Off-Campus Programs.. 1) An in-State institution shall obtain the Secretary's approval or recommendation for off-campus programs before students ar2) With the exception of
13b.02.02.13.htm 13B.02.02.13. 13 Organization and Administration.. A. A prospective in-State institution shall design its organization to bring together the institution's total resources in an effectively coordinated effort that will accomplish the institution's stated objectives. The institution shall inform all individuals in the organization of their responsibilities and of those of the other principal administrative positions.B. The members of the administration and the governing board of the prospec
13b.02.02.14.htm 13B.02.02.14. 14 Mission and Goals.. A. An in-State institution shall have a statement of mission and goals.. B. An adequate statement of institutional goals shall incorporate:. 1) The institutional identity, to include:. a) A summary of the institution's character and purpose;. b) A designation of the institution's functional emphasis as instruction, research, or public service;c) The degree levels offered and relative emphasis given to undergraduate and graduate instruction; and
13b.02.02.15.htm 13B.02.02.15. 15 Admission.. A. Admissions Policy.. 1) An in-State institution's admissions policy shall be related to the objectives and resources of the institution, and clearly stated.2) An in-State institution that maintains an open-door policy shall make adequate provision for placement testing, counseling, and compensatory services.3) There shall be a demonstrable correlation between admissions policies and educational practices.. 4) Because the admissions policy affects all aspec
13b.02.02.16.htm 13B.02.02.16. 16 Graduation Requirements.. A. Associate Degree.. 1) Credit Hour Requirement.. a) An associate degree requires the satisfactory completion of not less than 60 or more than 70 credit hours, representing a planned sequence of learning experiences.b) Beginning with the Fall 2015 academic year, the standard number of credit hours required for an associate’s degree from a public community college is 60 credit hours.
13b.02.02.17.htm 13B.02.02.17. 17 Faculty.. A. The faculty employed by an in-State institution shall be competent on the basis of their formal education and professional experience to enable them, through effective instruction and other activities, to achieve the educational objectives of the institution.B. A faculty member shall have completed formal studies at an institution accredited by an organization recognized as an accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education to grant instit
13b.02.02.18.htm 13B.02.02.18. 18 Library/Learning Resource Center.. A. General.. 1) A library/learning resource center shall provide print and nonprint materials, services, media, and related equipment and facilities designed to facilitate and improve learning and to foster inquiry.2) A library/learning resource center's program and services shall:. a) Be available to students, faculty, and the community as appropriate; and. b) Include functions as the mission and goals of the institution may require..
13b.02.02.19.htm 13B.02.02.19. 19 Student Services and Activities.. A. Student services and activities shall realistically reflect the stated objectives, purposes, and philosophy of the in-State institution. The needs and welfare of students shall be of primary concern if there is to be motivation toward worthwhile academic achievement. Student policies shall encourage associations among students, faculty, and the administration, and shall provide opportunities for the development of individual potential.
13b.02.02.20.htm 13B.02.02.20. 20 Facilities.. A. Because the effective operation of an in-State institution depends largely upon the physical atmosphere of the surroundings, the cleanliness, state of repair, and attractive appearance of the institution's grounds and buildings shall provide an adequate and effective educational environment.B. An in-State institution shall provide safe, accessible, functional, and appropriately maintained facilities.
13b.02.02.21.htm 13B.02.02.21. 21 Finances.. A. An in-State institution shall operate in accordance with sound principles of financial management.B. An in-State institution shall expend its revenue to provide adequately for instruction, administration, learning resources, student services, maintenance, equipment, and supplies. The institution's expenditures for specific functions shall be consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution.C. Annual expenditures of an in-State institution
13b.02.02.22.htm 13B.02.02.22. 22 Catalog and Official Publications.. A. General Requirements.. 1) An in-State institution shall publish in print or electronically on a regular and continuing basis an official catalog that describes the institution and its program and course offerings accurately and completely.2) The catalog is the official document of the institution.. 3) The catalog and other publications of the institution shall present accurate, up-to-date information about the administrat
13b.02.02.23.htm 13B.02.02.23. 23 Tuition Exemption for Foster Care Recipients and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.. A. In this regulation, the following terms have the meaning indicated:. 1) Foster Care Recipient.. a) “Foster care recipient” means an individual who was placed in an out-of-home placement by the Maryland Department of Human Services and:i) Resided in an out-of-home placement in the State at the time the individual graduated from high school or successfully completed a general equivale
13b.02.02.9999.htm 13B.02.02.9999. Administrative History Effective date: July 1, 1980 (7:13 Md. R. 1280). Chapter recodified from COMAR 13.50.04 to 13B.02.02. Regulations .01―14, Minimum Requirements for Degree-Granting 4-Year Colleges and Universities, repealed effective December 14, 1987 (14:25 Md. R. 2661) ―Regulations .01―16, Minimum Requirements for 4-Year Degree-Granting Institutions, adopted effective December 14, 1987 (14:25 Regulation .02B amended effective April 17, 1989 (16:7 Md. R. 812) ―.
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