2011 ORS § 348.611¹
Career pathways certificate of completion program
  • objections
  • approval from State Board of Education

(1) As used in this section:

(a) Career pathways certificate of completion program means a certification program that:

(A) Is offered at a community college;

(B) Provides a specified proficiency in specific skills to meet an identified employment need;

(C) Is provided in a grouping of 12 to 44 quarter credits, or an equivalent number of credits;

(D) Is wholly contained within an associate degree program or a similar certification program of 45 or more quarter credits, or an equivalent number of credits, that was reviewed and approved as provided by ORS 348.603 (Duties of commission relating to degree authorization and nondegree programs) (2); and

(E) Satisfies the requirements for a career pathways certificate of completion program, as prescribed by the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

(b) Program authority means:

(A) The governing body of a community college; or

(B) The designee of the governing body of a community college that has authority related to the offering of a career pathways certificate of completion program at the community college.

(2)(a) At least 30 business days prior to a community college seeking final approval from the State Board of Education to offer a new career pathways certificate of completion program, the program authority shall provide notice of intent to offer the program to the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. The notice of intent must be in the form required by the department and may be provided electronically.

(b) Upon receiving a notice of intent described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the department shall immediately provide electronic notice to any private institution that may be affected by the offering of a new career pathways certificate of completion program.

(3) A private institution that objects to the offering of a career pathways certificate of completion program must provide a notice of objection to the program authority within 12 business days of receiving the notice of intent under subsection (2) of this section.

(4) If a program authority receives a notice of objection as provided by subsection (3) of this section, the program authority must:

(a) Within three business days after the last date by which a private institution may provide a notice of objection, offer all private institutions that provided a notice of objection the opportunity to participate in a meeting described in subsection (5) of this section; and

(b) Postpone the seeking of final approval from the State Board of Education for the career pathways certificate of completion program until the requirements of subsection (6) of this section have been satisfied.

(5)(a) A community college that provided a notice of intent under subsection (2) of this section and a private institution that provided a notice of objection under subsection (3) of this section shall participate in a meeting for the purpose of avoiding detrimental duplication or a significantly adverse impact by:

(A) Identifying opportunities for collaboration in programs;

(B) Forming agreements or partnerships for offering programs; or

(C) Developing ideas for modifying programs.

(b) The program authority or the private institution may invite the Higher Education Coordinating Commission or any other third party to join a meeting or to act as a mediator of a meeting.

(6) A program authority may seek final approval from the State Board of Education for a program following a postponement described in subsection (4) of this section if:

(a) An agreement is reached between the program authority and all of the private institutions that participated in the meeting described in subsection (5) of this section; or

(b) The program authority and the private institutions that participated in the meeting described in subsection (5) of this section are unable to reach an agreement within 15 business days.

(7) Notwithstanding the timelines prescribed by subsections (3), (4) and (6) of this section, the program authority and the private institutions may mutually agree to adjust the timelines. [2009 c.328 §2; 2011 c.637 §187]

Note: The amendments to 348.611 (Career pathways certificate of completion program) by section 187, chapter 637, Oregon Laws 2011, become operative July 1, 2012. See section 292, chapter 637, Oregon Laws 2011. The text that is operative until July 1, 2012, is set forth for the users convenience.

348.611 (Career pathways certificate of completion program). (1) As used in this section:

(a) Career pathways certificate of completion program means a certification program that:

(A) Is offered at a community college;

(B) Provides a specified proficiency in specific skills to meet an identified employment need;

(C) Is provided in a grouping of 12 to 44 quarter credits, or an equivalent number of credits;

(D) Is wholly contained within an associate degree program or a similar certification program of 45 or more quarter credits, or an equivalent number of credits, that was reviewed and approved as provided by ORS 348.603 (Duties of commission relating to degree authorization and nondegree programs) (2); and

(E) Satisfies the requirements for a career pathways certificate of completion program, as prescribed by the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

(b) Program authority means:

(A) The governing body of a community college; or

(B) The designee of the governing body of a community college that has authority related to the offering of a career pathways certificate of completion program at the community college.

(2)(a) At least 30 business days prior to a community college seeking final approval from the State Board of Education to offer a new career pathways certificate of completion program, the program authority shall provide notice of intent to offer the program to the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. The notice of intent must be in the form required by the department and may be provided electronically.

(b) Upon receiving a notice of intent described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the department shall immediately provide electronic notice to any private institution that may be affected by the offering of a new career pathways certificate of completion program.

(3) A private institution that objects to the offering of a career pathways certificate of completion program must provide a notice of objection to the program authority within 12 business days of receiving the notice of intent under subsection (2) of this section.

(4) If a program authority receives a notice of objection as provided by subsection (3) of this section, the program authority must:

(a) Within three business days after the last date by which a private institution may provide a notice of objection, offer all private institutions that provided a notice of objection the opportunity to participate in a meeting described in subsection (5) of this section; and

(b) Postpone the seeking of final approval from the State Board of Education for the career pathways certificate of completion program until the requirements of subsection (6) of this section have been satisfied.

(5)(a) A community college that provided a notice of intent under subsection (2) of this section and a private institution that provided a notice of objection under subsection (3) of this section shall participate in a meeting for the purpose of avoiding detrimental duplication or a significantly adverse impact by:

(A) Identifying opportunities for collaboration in programs;

(B) Forming agreements or partnerships for offering programs; or

(C) Developing ideas for modifying programs.

(b) The program authority or the private institution may invite the Oregon Student Access Commission or any other third party to join a meeting or to act as a mediator of a meeting.

(6) A program authority may seek final approval from the State Board of Education for a program following a postponement described in subsection (4) of this section if:

(a) An agreement is reached between the program authority and all of the private institutions that participated in the meeting described in subsection (5) of this section; or

(b) The program authority and the private institutions that participated in the meeting described in subsection (5) of this section are unable to reach an agreement within 15 business days.

(7) Notwithstanding the timelines prescribed by subsections (3), (4) and (6) of this section, the program authority and the private institutions may mutually agree to adjust the timelines.