FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 879
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES SMITH (85) (Sponsor), GARDNER, ELLINGTON, CURTIS AND MIMS (Co-sponsors).
2053L.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 173, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the transfer of college credits.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 173, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 173.1450, to read as follows:
173.1450. 1. The provisions of this section shall be known and referred to as the "College Credit Disclosure Act".
2. Except as provided in subsection 5 of this section, institutions of higher education located within the state that grant college-level credit that are not accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education shall disclose during the admission application process, in writing, that the institution has not achieved regional accreditation recognized by the department.
3. The disclosure required in subsection 2 of this section shall be provided to an enrolling student prior to registering for any class granting credit and the student shall sign the disclosure, either in writing or electronically, acknowledging receipt of such disclosure. The disclosure provided shall contain the following wording, in no less than fourteen-point font:
"College level credits earned at (Institution name) may not be transferrable to other higher-learning/postsecondary learning institutions, including but not limited to universities, colleges, junior colleges, community colleges, or trade schools accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Higher Education.
Contact the institution receiving the transferred credit(s) for more information.".
4. Institutions subject to the provisions of this section shall provide the disclosure notice required under subsection 3 of this section to students who were admitted to such institution, or who enrolled in classes, prior to August 28, 2013, by mail or by email; however, students shall not be required to acknowledge by signature the receipt of such material.
5. Notwithstanding any provision of this section or any other law, institutions of higher education affiliated with religious organizations that are accredited by a national faith-related accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education shall be exempt from the disclosure requirements of this section.