Under provisions of Ala. Code §16-5-10 (14) (1975), the Commission has
jurisdiction over non-resident institutions defined as postsecondary
institutions or corporations offering educational programs in Alabama with main
campuses or headquarters located outside the state.
Alabama is the only state within the United States where jurisdiction over
private school licensure and programmatic review for degree granting institutions is divided between two
(2) state agencies, the Alabama Community College System and the
To facilitate these dual agency assignments of responsibility, a Memorandum of
Agreement between the Alabama Community College System and the
Commission provided for the integration of programmatic review of non-resident
institutions with the licensure process.
In addition, both the Commission and the Alabama Community College System serve as clearinghouses for information about private/proprietary
institutions that offer their programs to Alabama residents.