Responses Last Confirmed:

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation

Agency Contact

Menia Dykes
601-432-6372
mdykes@mississippi.edu

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Delbert Hosemann
601-359-1350
delbert.hosemann@sos.ms.gov
Topic:

Types of Educational Providers Authorized

2A1.
Institution Types Authorized – Indicate the types of institutions that your agency authorizes. Please provide a short explanation of any ambiguity in the comment section below

 

____    Public, in-state degree granting institutions

__x__    Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions                

__x__    Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions

__x__    Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  

__x__    Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

__x__    Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

____      Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Non-degree, not-for profit institutions

____      Non-degree, for-profit institutions

__x__    Religious institutions

____      Tribally-controlled institutions

_____    Federal Institutions

_____    Municipal institutions

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

Applies to academic degree-granting institutions that offer one or more postsecondary degees or  instruction and are domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in Mississippi.  Postsecondary academic degrees include, but are not limited to, associate, bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees.

2B1.
Is accreditation required for an institution to be authorized in your state? Yes or No.

Yes

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

MCCA recognizes  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges,  Association for Biblical Higher Education accrediting commission,  Association of Theological Schools accrediting commission; Middle States Commission on Higher Education; New England Commission of Higher Education; Higher Learning Commission;  Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges; WASC Senior College and University Commission.

2B3.
If yes, what type of accreditation is required? Please, check all that apply as appropriate.

               Regional Accreditation Required for:

__x__    Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions                

__x__    Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions

__x__    Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  

__x__    Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

__x__    Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

____      Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Non-degree, not-for profit institutions

____      Non-degree, for-profit institutions

__x__    Religious institutions 

____      Tribally-controlled institutions

_____    Federal Institutions

_____    Municipal institutions

 

               National Accreditation Required for:

____      Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions                

____      Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions

____      Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  

____      Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

____      Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

____      Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Non-degree, not-for profit institutions

____      Non-degree, for-profit institutions

____    Religious institutions 

____      Tribally-controlled institutions

_____    Federal Institutions

_____    Municipal institutions

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

See 2B2 above

2C1.
Does your agency authorize specific academic programs offered by institutions, only institutions themselves, or both?

____ Institution   _____ Program   ___X__ Both

2C2.
Clarifying comments:

Some programs may require approval from another state agency before MCCA will consider institution/program approval, i.e., nursing, education

2D1.
Does your state require a Surety Bond for authorized out-of-state institutions? Yes or No.

Not currently.

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2E1.
Does your state have a Tuition Refund Policy Requirement? If so, for which types of institutions?

Institutions required to have a tuition refund policy that is fair and applied equitably.

Topic:

Exemptions

3A1.
Are certain institutions or programs exempt by law or policy from your state authorization requirements? If so, for which types of institutions? Which types of programs? Please provide web link.

Career/occupational schools and colleges subject to regulation under Section 75-60-1 et seq. (Miss. Code Ann. § 37-101-241(7))

Topic:

Authorization of Distance Education

4A1.
Does your agency require purely online programs offered by out-of-state institutions to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No.

Yes

4A2.
If not, does your agency determine whether an institution must be authorized based on a physical presence (“operating”) standard? Yes or No.

No response provided

4A3.
Clarifying comments:

If domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in the state, MCCA approval required.  Examples of triggers for otherwise located include, but are not limited to:

  1.  The institution maintains a telephone number with a Mississippi area code;
  2. The institution maintains a postal address (either physical or PO Box) with a Mississippi zip code;
  3. The institution maintains an internet URL that originates in Mississippi or utilizes an ISP that is based in Mississippi
  4. The institution advertises that a future institution will be domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in Mississippi
4B1.
Does your agency require correspondence study programs to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No

No

4B2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Physical Presence Policy - Common Triggers

5A1.
If your agency uses a physical presence standard, how does your agency define physical presence? If available, please provide a link to that policy or a citation to the relevant regulation giving that standard.

If domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in the state, MCCA approval required.  Examples of triggers for otherwise located include, but are not limited to

  1.  The institution maintains a telephone number with a Mississippi area code;
  2. The institution maintains a postal address (either physical or PO Box) with a Mississippi zip code;
  3. The institution maintains an internet URL that originates in Mississippi or utilizes an ISP that is based in Mississippi
  4. The institution advertises that a future institution will be domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in Mississippi
5A2.
URL for physical presence definition
5A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Application Process

6A1.
Description – Please provide a short description of the application process to obtain state authorization. If available, please provide web links to the specific references to all applicable state laws, regulations, manuals, forms, or other pertinent docu

http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/ Procedures to Apply (Section 5, page 17 of Standards document)

Submit a written request for an application packet via regular mail and include a non-refundable fee of $100 to: Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS  39211

 

As part of the application process, if not already incorporated or qualified to do business in the State, apply to the Mississippi Secretary of State for Articles of Incorporation or, in the case of a non-domestic corporation, a Certificate of Authority; and submit to the Commission a copy of such Articles or Certificate.

6A2.
URL for application

No response provided 

6A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Fees Associated with Authorization

7A1.
Application Fee – Is there an application fee to initiate the authorization process? If so, what is the fee or fee schedule? Please provide a web link if available.

$100 application packet to begin application process

$3,000 submitted with complete application

7A2.
URL for Fee Information

No response provided

7A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Reporting

8A1.
What kinds of information or data must an institution report to your agency as a condition for continued out-of-state authorization?

Progress and/or status reports, accreditation documentation, and other reports annually or as requested by the Commission, which could include reports on enrollment and graduation

8A2.
URL for reporting

No response provided

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Annually or as requested by Commission

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

Enrollment and graduation data could be shared as part of the State’s Education Achievement Council report/records

8A5.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - Non-SARA Participating Institutions

9A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about out-of-state postsecondary institutions or programs?

If complaint relates to an out-of-state institution not authorized by MCCA, direct complaint to the authorizing/licensing agency in the institution’s home state or to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division

9A2.
URL for the complaint form

http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/student_complaint_process.asp

9A3.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

Complaints about career/occupational schools in the State will be referred to the Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration.  Otherwise, if within the jurisdiction of MCCA, MCCA will facilitate an investigation.  Depending upon the nature of the complaint, the mater may be eferred to the MS AG’s Consumer Protection Division.

9A4.
Clarifying comments:

MCCA, CPSCR, and the AG are the primary/central contacts for complaints.

9B1.
Does this complaint process extend to institutions not authorized by the agency that may enroll residents of the state (such as explicitly distance education programs with no physical presence or exempt institutions)?

If complaint relates to an out-of-state institution not authorized by MCCA, direct complaint to the authorizing/licensing agency in the institution’s home state or to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division

9B2.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name: Menia Dykes
  • Title: MCCA Exe Sec/IHL Dir of Accred
  • Agency: Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
  • Address: 3825 Ridgewood Road
  • Email: mdykes@mississippi.edu
  • Phone: 601-432-6372
  • URL: http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca

 

9B3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - SARA Participating Institutions

10A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about SARA participating Institutions.

Follow SARA policy

10A2.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

Refer to Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration if involves a SARA participating career/occupational school; and follow SARA policy.

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions
10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name: Menia Dykes
  • Title: 
  • Agency: Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
  • Address: 3825 Ridgewood Road
  • Email: mdykes@mississippi.edu
  • Phone: 601-432-6372
  • URL: http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/sara.asp
10A5.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Enforcement

11A1.
If your agency has written descriptions of the possible consequence of institutional non-compliance, please provide it (or provide a web link).

No response provided

Topic:

Records Retention

12A1.
When a school closes, what is the process your state uses to ensure that transcripts/records are kept available?

Institution officials are required to notify MCCA of the arrangements made for the location/management of student records including evidence of disposition of student records, with a contact person, complete address and telephone number/email address and instructions for how student records may be obtained.

12B1.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?

Academic degree-granting institutions are required to provide MCCA with the contact information for the entity that will be storing/managing the student records and instructions that a student should use  to request a transcript from that entity.  The entity’s contact information and instructions are placed on MCCA’s website (http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca)

Topic:

Additional Information

13A1.
Is there anything else about the authorization process in your state that we and others ought to know about?

Career/occupational schools register with the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration

14.
Does your state have a Student Tuition Recovery Fund (or similar fund for school closure)? Yes or No. If Yes, for what type of institutions?

No