Title 17. Education

Chapter 24-a. Proprietary Schools


17:3140.17        Occupational degree granting status


A. The board shall approve or disapprove occupational degree proposals submitted by licensed proprietary schools under its jurisdiction. 


B. A proprietary school shall be eligible for degree granting status for occupational degrees if it is: 


(1) Licensed by the board. 


(2) Domiciled in the state of Louisiana. 


(3) Accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. 


C. (1) The board shall revoke the occupational degree granting status of a proprietary school which has its accreditation withdrawn. 


(2) A proprietary school that has its accreditation withdrawn shall immediately notify the board of the withdrawal of accreditation. 


D. Approved and licensed proprietary schools shall award a nonacademic degree entitled “Associate in Occupational Studies”. All advertising, recruiting, and publications shall state clearly that the occupational degree awarded is nonacademic and does not imply, promise, or guarantee transferability. 


E. Each student admitted to an occupational degree program in an accredited proprietary school shall be required to: 


(1) Possess a high school diploma or equivalent. 


(2) Complete a minimum of two years, four semesters, or six quarters of course work for each degree program. 


F. Each occupational degree program shall meet the following minimum requirements: 


(1) Seventy-five percent of the course of study in the program shall be in a specific occupational area. 


(2) Each course of study shall be composed of the minimum hours required by the accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. 


Added by Acts 2019, No. 437, § 1.