Admission Information (AR 2.2.2) - Section 1005 of the new Public Law 116-315 (Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020) removes the requirement for covered individuals to enroll in a course at a public institution of higher learning within three years of being discharged from the military or within three years after the service member’s death in the line of duty in order to receive in-state tuition (AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation approval process, June 24, 2021).
Transfer Credit and Prior Learning Assessment Policy (AR 2.2.4) - Common higher education practice is to set the acceptance/application of transfer credit and PLA limit by taking the minimum number of credits required for the degree (60 credits) and subtract the residency requirement (proposed 15 credits). The maximum limit would be 45 credits. At Maricopa, it is currently set at 30. Recommendation: Set the maximum limit for transfer and PLA credit at 45 credits. Reaching the max limit is infrequent and mostly impacts occupational areas that see credentials equating to a large amount of credits (e.g. Policy Academies, Cosmetology, etc.). The proposed change is now reflected in 2.2.4 (AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation approval process, June 24, 2021).
Catalog Under Which a Student Graduates (AR 2.2.5) - The proposed changes include the following: Removal of extraneous information to increase the usefulness and relevance of the section; Removal of outdated information, practices, and restrictive language; Incorporation of clarify language (AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation approval process, June 24, 2021).
General Graduation Requirements (AR 2.3.9) - The proposed changes include the following: Removal of extraneous information to increase the usefulness and relevance of the section; Removal of outdated information, practices, and restrictive language; Incorporation of clarifying language; Reorganization of verbiage to address coherence and flow (AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation approval process, June 24, 2021).
Course Substitutions (AR 2.3.13) - During a recent SAA audit (State Approving Agency) which originated with the Veteran's Readjustment Act of 21944 and/or GI Bill of Rights, the SAA did not find any language in our common pages addressing the use of the Course Substitution form. We need verbiage in our catalog, a process, and a standardized form for course substitutions. These substitutions are needed to support the implementation of the transfer pathways with emphasis and issues related to pathway completion in the time of COVID-19. The transfer pathways with emphasis are shared across Maricopa and align to the requirements of the specified transfer institutions on the pathway. If a course is substituted to meet requirements of a Maricopa transfer pathway with emphasis, there is no guarantee that the substituted course will fulfill a degree requirement at a transfer institution. Thus, course substitutions on transfer pathways should only be made in a specified and transparent manner (ADOPTED through the Administrative Regulation approval process, June 24, 2021).
Students with Disabilities (AR 2.8) - As the regulation was last amended on June 24, 2021, the intent of the change is to provide clarity to the Disability Resource Service Managers that an extension of provisional accommodations must be made via a request, and that the District ADA/504 Coordinator must review all requests (AMENDED, November 15, 2021 Office of Public Stewardship housekeeping update).
Eligibility for Accommodations & Required Disability Documentation (AR 2.8.1) - This regulation has been revised to align with best practices and with current Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education (OCR) guidance (via Resolution Agreements with other institutions) regarding appropriate documentation to support requests for accommodations/academic adjustments and related matters (AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation approval process, June 24, 2021).
Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy (AR 5.1.16) - New guidance from the Department of Education relating to the federal regulations guiding Title IX necessitate removing language addressing 34 C.F.R. § 106.45(b)(6)(i) (the requirement to not consider statements provided by a party that doesn’t submit themselves for cross-examination at a live hearing). This provision was found to be arbitrary and capricious, was vacated by a court of competent jurisdiction and the Department of Education has now issued guidance that this provision will not be enforced. The court issued its decision on July 28, 2021; with the Department of Education issuing a letter on August 24, 2021, stating that it would immediately cease enforcing the provision in question (AMENDED by Direct Approval from the Chancellor, September 20, 2021).
Appendix S-6 Instructional Grievance Process (S-6) - Technical change made to S-6 in order to align with Article 20.7.6 of the Faculty Agreement, August 9, 2021.