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Title XI EDUCATION AND LIBRARIES

Chapter 173

Effective - 28 Aug 2018, 2 histories bottom

  173.1102.  Definitions. — 1.  As used in sections 173.1101 to 173.1107, unless the context requires otherwise, the following terms mean:

  (1)  "Academic year", the period from July first of any year through June thirtieth of the following year;

  (2)  "Approved private institution", a nonprofit institution, dedicated to educational purposes, located in Missouri which:

  (a)  Is operated privately under the control of an independent board and not directly controlled or administered by any public agency or political subdivision;

  (b)  Provides a postsecondary course of instruction at least six months in length leading to or directly creditable toward a certificate or degree;

  (c)  Meets the standards for accreditation as determined by either the Higher Learning Commission or by other accrediting bodies recognized by the United States Department of Education or by utilizing accreditation standards applicable to nondegree-granting institutions as established by the coordinating board for higher education;

  (d)  Does not discriminate in the hiring of administrators, faculty and staff or in the admission of students on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and is in compliance with the Federal Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and executive orders issued pursuant thereto.  Sex discrimination as used herein shall not apply to admission practices of institutions offering the enrollment limited to one sex;

  (e)  Permits faculty members to select textbooks without influence or pressure by any religious or sectarian source;

  (3)  "Approved public institution", an educational institution located in Missouri which:

  (a)  Is directly controlled or administered by a public agency or political subdivision;

  (b)  Receives appropriations directly or indirectly from the general assembly for operating expenses;

  (c)  Provides a postsecondary course of instruction at least six months in length leading to or directly creditable toward a degree or certificate;

  (d)  Meets the standards for accreditation as determined by either the Higher Learning Commission, or if a public community college created under the provisions of sections 178.370 to 178.400 meets the standards established by the coordinating board for higher education for such public community colleges, or by other accrediting bodies recognized by the United States Department of Education or by utilizing accreditation standards applicable to the institution as established by the coordinating board for higher education;

  (e)  Does not discriminate in the hiring of administrators, faculty and staff or in the admission of students on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and is otherwise in compliance with the Federal Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and executive orders issued pursuant thereto;

  (f)  Permits faculty members to select textbooks without influence or pressure by any religious or sectarian source;

  (4)  "Approved virtual institution", an educational institution that meets all of the following requirements:

  (a)  Is recognized as a qualifying institution by gubernatorial executive order, unless such order is rescinded;

  (b)  Is recognized as a qualifying institution through a memorandum of understanding between the state of Missouri and the approved virtual institution;

  (c)  Is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education;

  (d)  Has established and continuously maintains a physical campus or location of operation within the state of Missouri;

  (e)  Maintains at least twenty-five full-time Missouri employees, at least one-half of which shall be faculty or administrators engaged in operations;

  (f)  Enrolls at least one thousand Missouri residents as degree- or certificate-seeking students;

  (g)  Maintains a governing body or advisory board based in Missouri with oversight of Missouri operations;

  (h)  Is organized as a nonprofit institution; and

  (i)  Utilizes an exclusively competency-based education model;

  (5)  "Coordinating board", the coordinating board for higher education;

  (6)  "Expected family contribution", the amount of money a student and family should pay toward the cost of postsecondary education as calculated by the United States Department of Education and reported on the student aid report or the institutional student information record;

  (7)  "Financial assistance", an amount of money paid by the state of Missouri to a qualified applicant under sections 173.1101 to 173.1107;

  (8)  "Full-time student", an individual who is enrolled in and is carrying a sufficient number of credit hours or their equivalent at an approved private, public, or virtual institution to secure the degree or certificate toward which he or she is working in no more than the number of semesters or their equivalent normally required by that institution in the program in which the individual is enrolled.  This definition shall be construed as the successor to subdivision (7) of section 173.205* for purposes of eligibility requirements of other financial assistance programs that refer to section 173.205*.

  2.  The failure of an approved virtual institution to continuously maintain all of the requirements in paragraphs (a) to (i) of subdivision (4) of subsection 1 of this section shall preclude such institution's students or applicants from being eligible for assistance under sections 173.1104 and 173.1105.

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(L. 2007 S.B. 389, A.L. 2018 H.B. 1744 merged with S.B. 603, et al. merged with S.B. 807 & 577)

*Section 173.205 was repealed by S.B. 389, 2007.


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