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15-1851. Commission for postsecondary education; purpose; report; members; terms; powers and duties; compensation; quorum; immunity; definition
A. The commission for postsecondary education is established and shall administer the applicable programs identified under section 1203 of the higher education act amendments of 1998 (P.L. 105-244), including the leveraging educational assistance partnership program, the federal family education loan program and the Paul Douglas teacher scholarships program, and shall supervise the state guarantee agency under the higher education act amendments of 1998.
B. In addition to the responsibilities prescribed in subsection A of this section, the commission shall:
1. Provide a forum to public and private postsecondary education institutions for discussion of issues of mutual interest, including the following:
(a) The postsecondary needs of unserved and underserved individuals in this state.
(b) The resources of public and private institutions, organizations and agencies that are located in this state and that are capable of providing postsecondary education opportunities.
(c) Enrollment demand and public policy options to meet statewide needs for postsecondary education services.
(d) Cooperative comprehensive instructional and capital planning.
2. Provide reports pursuant to this subsection on discussions of issues of mutual interest.
3. Coordinate and promote collaborative studies on issues of mutual interest to public and private postsecondary education institutions.
4. Compile and disseminate information to the public regarding postsecondary education opportunities in this state.
5. Prepare an annual report that summarizes the results of the commission's activities prescribed in this section and section 15-1852. The annual report shall be submitted to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the governor and the Arizona state library, archives and public records by December 28.
6. Administer the Arizona teacher student loan program established by chapter 13, article 11 of this title.
C. The commission consists of the executive director of the Arizona board of regents, the executive director of the state board for private postsecondary education and the following additional members who are appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38-211:
1. Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents.
2. Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in a community college district, one representing a community college district in a county with a population of five hundred thousand persons or more and one representing a community college district in a county with a population of less than five hundred thousand persons.
3. Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in private postsecondary institutions of higher education that are licensed under title 32, chapter 30, that are located in this state, that offer bachelor's or higher degrees and that are accredited by a regional accreditation agency approved by the United States department of education.
4. Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in private postsecondary institutions of higher education that are licensed under title 32, chapter 30, that are located in this state, that offer vocational education programs and that are accredited by a national accreditation agency approved by the United States department of education.
5. One member who holds a senior executive or managerial position in a private cosmetology school that is licensed under title 32, chapter 5, that is located in this state, that offers cosmetology programs approved by the board of cosmetology and that is accredited by a national accreditation agency approved by the United States department of education.
6. One member who holds a senior executive or managerial position in an institution that is licensed under title 32, chapter 23 or under 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 147, that offers vocational education programs at the postsecondary level, that is located in this state and that is not an institution that is qualified under any other category.
7. One member who has held a senior executive or managerial level position in commerce or industry in this state for at least three years before the member's appointment and who is not qualified to serve under any other category.
8. Two members who hold senior executive or managerial positions in the high school education system in this state.
9. One member who is an owner, operator or administrator of a charter school in this state.
D. Members of the commission appointed pursuant to subsection C, paragraphs 1 through 9 of this section shall serve four-year terms. Appointed members of the commission shall be residents of this state. Appointed members of the commission at all times during their terms shall continue to be eligible for appointment under the category that they were appointed to represent. Terms of appointed members of the commission begin on the third Monday in January. No appointed member of the commission may serve more than two consecutive terms.
E. The executive director of the Arizona board of regents and the executive director of the state board for private postsecondary education serve as members of the commission during their respective terms of office and are not eligible to vote with respect to the commission's review of any postsecondary institution.
F. Members appointed pursuant to subsection C, paragraphs 1 through 9 of this section are eligible to receive compensation pursuant to section 38-611 for each day spent in the performance of commission duties and may be reimbursed for expenses properly incurred in connection with the attendance at meetings or hearings of the commission.
G. The governor shall appoint a chairman from among the members of the commission who shall serve a one-year term that begins on the third Monday in January.
H. A majority of the members of the commission constitute a quorum for the transaction of commission business. The vote of a majority of the quorum constitutes authority for the commission to act.
I. Members of the commission are immune from personal liability with respect to all actions that are taken in good faith and within the scope of the commission's authority.
J. For the purposes of this section, "community college district" means a community college district that is established pursuant to sections 15-1402 and 15-1403 or section 15-1402.01 and that is a political subdivision of this state.