The bureau shall have the following functions and responsibilities in its capacity as the statewide private postsecondary and vocational educational planning and licensing agency:
(a) The establishment of policies for the administration of this chapter.
(b) The establishment of minimum criteria for the approval of private postsecondary or vocational educational institutions to operate in California and award degrees and diplomas, and for the approval of institutions that meet the criteria.
(c) The adoption of regulations governing the conduct of institutions under this chapter, including, but not limited to, minimum state standards for refund policies, advertising, enrollment agreements and contracts, consumer information, attendance policies, and financial responsibility.
(d) The adoption of regulations for the transaction of its own affairs, and procedures necessary or appropriate for the conduct of its work and the implementation of this chapter.
(e) The publication of an Internet directory of all private postsecondary and vocational educational institutions approved to operate in California under this chapter.
(f) The impaneling of special committees of technically qualified persons to assist the bureau in the development of standards for education and educational institutions and the evaluation of an application or institutions pursuant to this chapter. The members of the special committees shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses for attendance at official meetings and actual expenses when on official bureau business. The members of the special committees shall serve at no expense to the state. The actual travel and per diem expenses incurred by each member of a special committee shall be reimbursed by the institution that is the subject of inspection or investigation.
(g) The bureau may design and administer a process for the approval of courses offered to veterans, and for the approval and supervision of the institutions offering courses to veterans, pursuant to any applicable act of Congress and the regulations adopted pursuant to such an act.
(1) For the purposes of this subdivision, the bureau:
(A) Is designated as the state approving agency for veterans' institutions and veterans' courses, and is authorized to be reimbursed for its services in this regard.
(B) Has the same powers conferred on the Director of Education by Article 6 (commencing with Section 12090) of Chapter 1 of Part 8, to enter into agreements and cooperate with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or any other federal agency, regarding approval of courses, and the approval and supervision of institutions that offer courses to veterans.
(C) May adopt regulations that are necessary and appropriate to exercise its authority under this subdivision.
(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 825, Sec. 34.)
Education Code 12090