Nebraska Revised Statute 85-2403

Chapter 85 Section 2403

85-2403.

Terms, defined.

For purposes of the Postsecondary Institution Act:

(1) Authorization to operate means either an authorization to operate on a continuing basis or a recurrent authorization to operate;

(2) Authorization to operate on a continuing basis means approval by the commission to operate a postsecondary institution in this state without a renewal requirement and once such authorization has been issued it continues indefinitely unless otherwise suspended, revoked, or terminated, including such authorizations previously deemed to be effective as of May 5, 2011, pursuant to the Postsecondary Institution Act for private and out-of-state public postsecondary institutions that had been continuously offering four-year undergraduate programs with a physical presence in the state for at least twenty academic years and for Nebraska public postsecondary institutions;

(3) Branch facility means a facility in Nebraska (a) which is separate from a principal facility, (b) which offers a full program and full student services, (c) which is under the supervision of an onsite director or administrator, and (d)(i) the ownership, management, and control of which are the same as the principal facility, which principal facility is responsible for the delivery of all services, or (ii) at which education is offered by a franchisee of a franchisor authorized to operate as a postsecondary institution by the act;

(4) Commission means the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education;

(5) Executive director means the executive director of the commission or his or her designee;

(6) For-profit postsecondary institution means any private postsecondary institution that is not exempt for federal tax purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as defined in section 49-801.01;

(7) Nebraska public postsecondary institution means any public postsecondary institution established, operated, and governed by this state or any of its political subdivisions;

(8) Out-of-state public postsecondary institution means any public postsecondary institution established, operated, and governed by another state or any of its political subdivisions;

(9)(a) Physical presence means:

(i) Offering a course for college credit or a degree program in this state that leads to an associate, baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree, including:

(A) Establishing a physical location in this state where a student may receive synchronous or asynchronous instruction; or

(B) Offering a course or program that requires students to physically meet in one location for instructional purposes more than once during the course term; or

(ii) Establishing an administrative office in this state, including:

(A) Maintaining an administrative office in this state for purposes of enrolling students, providing information to students about the institution, or providing student support services;

(B) Providing office space to staff, whether instructional or noninstructional staff; or

(C) Establishing a mailing address in this state.

(b) Physical presence does not include:

(i) Course offerings in the nature of a short course or seminar if instruction for the short course or seminar takes no more than twenty classroom hours and the institution offers no more than two courses as defined by the commission in a calendar year;

(ii) Course offerings on a military installation solely for military personnel or civilians employed on such installation;

(iii) An educational experience arranged for an individual student, such as a clinical, practicum, residency, or internship; or

(iv) Courses offered online or through the United States mail or similar delivery service which do not require the physical meeting of a student with instructional staff;

(10) Postsecondary institution means any institution with a physical presence in Nebraska that provides postsecondary education and is exempt from the Private Postsecondary Career School Act;

(11) Principal facility means the primary physical presence in Nebraska of a postsecondary institution;

(12) Private postsecondary institution means any Nebraska or out-of-state nonpublic postsecondary institution including any for-profit postsecondary institution or nonprofit postsecondary institution; and

(13) Recurrent authorization to operate means approval by the commission to operate a postsecondary institution in this state until a renewal of such authorization is required.

Cross References

  • Private Postsecondary Career School Act, see section 85-1601.