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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 456         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 575


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Gale D. Candaras


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to program approval.






Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

James T. Welch


Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Joseph F. Wagner

8th Hampden

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 456        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 575

By Ms. Candaras, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 575) of Gale D. Candaras, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Michael R. Knapik, James T. Welch and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to program approval at a private, nonprofit college or university .  Higher Education. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to program approval.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Section 30A of Chapter 69 of the general laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph:-

              Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, a private, nonprofit college or university may offer or institute an additional program or degree if the college or university (1) has maintained a physical presence and operated continuously in the Commonwealth for the immediately preceding 10 years and (2) is accredited without sanction by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Any such college or university that does not satisfy all of the provision of this paragraph shall comply with the procedures and criteria established by the board of higher education.

              SECTION 2. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2014

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