The state’s Degree-Granting Institutions Act protects Washington consumers from substandard, fraudulent, and deceptive activities at degree-granting colleges and universities authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council.
The law has many benefits:
Students are guaranteed consumer protection under state law.
Employers can rely on the credibility of institutional degree programs.
If a school closes, the state can intervene to preserve student records
Information collected through the authorization process assists Council staff in determining statewide program needs.
Students who believe they have lost tuition and fees as the result of unfair business practices by institutions authorized by the Council should outline their concerns and send them with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Examples of unfair business practices include misrepresenting faculty qualifications or making false claims in a college catalog.
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