.23 Consultant Review.

A. In reviewing a program proposal, Commission staff shall discuss the proposal with institutional or segmental personnel involved with the program.

B. If the Secretary determines that additional expertise is needed to evaluate a program, the Secretary may retain one or more outside consultants.

C. The Secretary and the institutional or segmental administrators shall agree on the selection of a consultant and on an appropriate time frame.

D. The proposing institution is responsible for the costs incurred for a consultant's work.

E. For an on-site visit, an institutional or segmental representative shall join the team as a resource person.