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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2257        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1076


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Alice Hanlon Peisch


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.






Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Eugene L. O'Flaherty

2nd Suffolk

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Joseph F. Wagner

8th Hampden

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Aaron Michlewitz

3rd Suffolk

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2257        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1076

By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1076) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others for legislation to authorize certain private, nonprofit colleges or universities to offer or institute additional programs or degrees.  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 or 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 New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  Any such college or university that does not satisfy all of the provisions 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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