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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-2107



Application of Art Institutes of York, LLC for Approval of Change From Private Licensed School to 4-Year College Status

[38 Pa.B. 6378]
[Saturday, November 22, 2008]

Notice of Opportunity for Hearing and
Invitation to Protest

   Under 24 Pa.C.S. § 6503(e) (relating to certification of institutions), the Department of Education (Department) will consider the application of the Art Institute of York, LLC (AiY, LLC) for approval of its Certificate of Organization and to have a Certificate of Authority from the Department approving its change from a private licensed school to 4-year college status. Additionally, approval is requested for authority to offer programs in Graphic Design and Kitchen & Bath Design leading to the Associate in Science (AS) degree and programs in Fashion & Retail Management, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation and Web Design & Interactive Media leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

   By authority under 24 Pa.C.S. § 6503(e), the Secretary may impose specific conditions on the approval of a certificate of authority. AiY, LLC is wholly owned by Art Institutes International, LLC and Aii, LLC is allowed to operate as a college in the form of a limited liability company rather than as an incorporated entity. AiY, LLC would be obligated to operate in all regards as appropriate for a college, such as to maintain its own minimum protective endowment as required by State statute and to have its own Board of Trustees as required by State Board of Education regulations. Thus, action by the Secretary in this instance would be to approve a Certificate of Authority for the change of status of AiY, LLC to operate as a 4-year college, to grant approval of the specific degrees and programs that may be offered under that status and to approve the Certificate of Organization for AiY, LLC.

   In accordance with 24 Pa.C.S.§ 6503(e), the Department will act upon these items without hearing, unless within 30 days after the publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin a written request for public hearing is filed with the Department, along with a notice of intervention, a petition to intervene or protest in accordance with 1 Pa. Code §§ 35.23 and 35.24 (relating to protests) or 1 Pa. Code §§ 35.27--35.32 (relating to intervention).

   Petitions to intervene, protest and request for hearing shall be filed with Carol M. D. Gisselquist, Higher Education Specialist (717) 787-4448, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 on or before 4 p.m. on the due date prescribed by this notice. Persons wishing to review the application should phone or write to the aforementioned office to schedule a time for an in-office review. Duplicate copies of the application are not available.

   Persons with a disability who wish to attend the hearing, if held, and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate should contact Carol Gisselquist at (717) 787-4448 to discuss how the Department may best accommodate their needs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-2107. Filed for public inspection November 21, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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