The name of the association is: MISSOURI AND KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE CAREER COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS (hereinafter referred to as the “MAPCCS /KAPCCS”).


Section 1 – The objectives of MAPCCS/KAPCCS shall be:

  1. To promote the interests and general welfare of privately operated schools.
  2. To promote high educational standards and ethical business practices.
  3. To cooperate with local, state and federal authorities, business, commerce and industry in the maintenance of high standards and sound policies of privately operated schools.
  4. To engage in publicity and public relations activities for the purpose of increasing public awareness and understanding of contributions made to continuing education by privately operated schools.

Section 2 – In furtherance of these objectives, but not in limitation thereof, the Association shall have the power:


  1. To collect and disseminate statistics and other information.
  2. To promote sound educational standards and business practices.
  3. To advance lawful fair trade practices, in conformity with the highest rate of integrity.
  4. To present appropriate awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in the field of privately owned member schools.
  5. To engage in any activities which will enhance the efficient and economic progress of private education.




Section 1 – Full Voting Member. Any private school, or combination of such schools under common ownership, as determined by the Board of Directors, and not a branch of a currently licensed school operating in the States of Missouri and Kansas are eligible to become a member of the Association by majority vote of the Directors, provided that the ethical and educational standards of the school(s) shall be in harmony with the approved standards of the Association. Any member is subject to and bound by all the Bylaws, Rules and Code of Ethics of the Association as in force at the time of the admission of such member or as altered, revised or amended thereafter.


Section 2 – Associate Membership. Any individual, business, or group which has an interest in the objectives of the Association is eligible for this membership. The Board of Directors, at its discretion, may accept as associate members: any individual, business, or group which the Board of Directors determines has an interest in the objectives of the Association. The privileges of associate members will be defined from time to time by the Board of Directors.


Section 3 – Honorary Membership. Any individual, business or group making a significant contribution to private education may be designated an Honorary Member. This membership is lifetime in nature and requires a three-fourths vote approval by the Board of Directors. Honorary Membership shall be conferred only at the Annual Membership Meeting.


Section 4 – Complimentary Membership. Any private school, or combination of such schools under common ownership, as determined by the Board of Directors, and not a branch of a currently licensed school operating in the States of Missouri and/or Kansas and with the sponsorship of a full member school, may be given Complimentary Membership by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Schools holding a Complimentary Membership must renew annually or make application for a Full Voting Member. Both of these decisions must be approved by the Board of Directors.


Section 5 – Election of Members. Any eligible school, individual, business or group desiring to become a member of the Association shall make a written application for membership through the proprietor or any other authorized official in such form as the Board of Directors may prescribe. Written notice shall be given to all members of the Association by the Executive Director concerning each application. The notice shall state that any objection to the applicant shall be sent to the Executive Director within thirty (30) days. Thereafter, a majority vote by the Board of Directors shall be necessary for the election of any member.


Section 7 – Certificate of Membership. The Certificate of Membership is not transferable and is not to accompany any change of ownership or controlling interest. In the event of a change of ownership, the school shall be required to meet the requirements of the “Election of Members” section as stated in Article III, Section 5 of these Bylaws. Such membership certificates may be displayed so long as a member is in good standing and fulfills all requirements of membership. If the member is terminated for any reason, the certificate shall be returned to the Association.


Section 8 – Suspension and Expulsion. Sufficient cause for such suspension or termination of membership shall be a violation of any Bylaws, rule or practice properly adopted by the Association or any other conduct prejudicial to the interest of the Association. Such suspension or expulsion shall be a two-thirds vote of the entire membership of the Board of Directors, provided that a statement of the charges shall be mailed by certified mail to the member at least thirty days before final action is taken thereon. This statement shall be accompanied by a notice of the time and place of the meeting of the Board of Directors, at which charges shall be considered, and the member shall have an opportunity to appear in person or by his representative and present any defense to such charges before action is taken thereon. A member may present his defense in writing if he so desires. No director, who is connected with or has any financial interest in a member under charges may vote on such suspension or expulsion. An expelled member may make application for reinstatement after a period of one year.


Section 9 – Voting. Each Full Voting Member of the Association shall have one vote. The vote of a member school may be cast only by a person who is a bona fide executive or designated employee of the member school. No person may be the designated delegate for more than one voting member. Absentee (mail) ballots hall be permitted to be cast with respect to the election of officers and directors; such ballots may be permitted to be cast, as determined by the Board of Directors, with respect to other issues to be considered by the membership at an annual or special meeting. When permitted, voting by absentee ballot shall be conducted in accordance with procedures established by the Board of Directors and made known to the members. Proxies shall not be permitted on any vote.


Section 10 – Directory. A directory containing the names, addresses, and other statistical data and information of all member schools and associate members shall be published annually.


Section 11 – Membership Liability. No member of the Association shall be liable for the debts of the Association in any amount in excess of the membership fee required of such member of the year in which the indebtedness is legally established, together with such voluntary subscription as such member may have made to the Association.