Postsecondary Review Commission

WHEREAS: federally guaranteed student loans made to students for their attendance at colleges, universities, trade schools, and proprietary schools within the State of Louisiana are of vital importance to the citizens and the economic development of this state;

WHEREAS: 20 USCA 1099a provides that, in order to be eligible for federal funding, each state shall designate a postsecondary review entity for performing a review of institutions of higher education; and

WHEREAS: the federal government has authorized the United States Secretary of Education (hereafter "secretary") to enter into agreements with states and to provide funding for the state's postsecondary review entity;

NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The Louisiana Postsecondary Review Commission (hereafter "commission") is reestablished and re-created within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor.

SECTION 2: The commission shall, on behalf of the State of Louisiana, conduct and coordinate the review of institutions of higher education pursuant to 20 USCA 1099a-3, and ensure that each institution remains in compliance with the standards required by 20 USCA 1099a-3.

SECTION 3: The commission is designated as the state entity authorized to enter into agreements with the secretary, on behalf of the State of Louisiana, as provided in the guidelines set forth in 20 USCA 1099a-1.

SECTION 4: The commission shall have the authority to apply for federal funding, as provided for by 20 USCA 1099a-2, and for other federal funding or reimbursements made available to the states.

SECTION 5: The members of the commission shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor. The membership of the commission shall be composed as follows:

  • A. the governor, or the governor's designee;

  • B. the chair of the Louisiana Board of Regents, or the chair's designee;

  • C. the chair of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, or the chair's designee;

  • D. the chair of the Proprietary School Commission, or the chair's designee;

  • E. the chair of the Louisiana Bankers' Association, or the chair's designee;

  • F. the chair of the Board of Secondary and Elementary Education, or the chair's designee; and

  • G. the chair of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, or the chair's designee.
  • SECTION 6: The chair of the commission shall be appointed by the governor from its membership.

    SECTION 7: Commission members shall not receive compensation or a per diem, nor shall they be reimbursed for travel expenses for their attendance at meetings.

    SECTION 8: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the commission in implementing the provisions of this order.

    SECTION 9: Upon signature of the governor, the provisions of this order shall be made retroactive to August 11, 1996, and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or until terminated by operation of law.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 11th day of December, 1996.

    M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.

    Fox McKeithen
    Secretary of State