A proposal for a state Department of Higher Education drew questions Wednesday in Senate Judiciary Committee about its impact on universities. An attorney for state university system said it could mean a loss of accreditation.
House Concurrent Resolution 3047 would, if approved by voters in the 2014 general election, create the department on July 1, 2015.
University system attorney Claire Holloway told the committee that HCR3047 could cause the university system to lose its accreditation because it would violate one of the core accreditation standards of the Higher Learning Commission involving autonomy of the university governing board.
If the university system lost accreditation, it would make students in the state ineligible for federal student aid dollars, Holloway said.