SHEEO STATE AUTHORIZATION SURVEY AND REPORTS

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Announcing:  New Web-Based Surveys!

SHEEO is excited to announce that our State Authorization Surveys are now offered through a fully online, web-based platform! Check out the new site of the SHEEO State Authorization Surveys today.

Since 2011, SHEEO has provided a directory of agencies and individuals responsible for implementing state postsecondary quality assurance laws in the 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as a compendium of state laws and regulations. The completed compendium (which includes contact information for each agency) can now be found on our new web-based platform (developed in collaboration with Pearson); surveys can now be updated continuously by agency personnel. Revisions, with dates, are available by agency.

SHEEO will provide a quarterly update to the field of the latest revisions, which will also serve as a formal request for updates from each of the listed agencies. An annually updated directory of state regulatory agencies and contact personnel can be found in the “Reports from Survey Data” section, below.

Reports from Survey Data

Background

In the fall of 2010, the U.S. Department of Education announced PROGRAM INTEGRITY RULES, requiring all institutions of higher education participating in Title IV programs to be able to document compliance with state laws in all states where they offer distance or correspondence education.

While the federal state authorization rule pertaining to distance education was vacated on a technicality on July 12, 2011, it is likely to be reinstated. More important, the Department has rightly indicated that compliance with existing state laws has always been a condition of Title IV eligibility, and the announced regulation simply calls attention to the need for institutions to assure they have legal authority to operate in all the states where they are providing instruction.

To help address this need, SHEEO has developed a directory of agencies and individuals responsible for implementing state quality assurance laws, as well as a compendium of state laws and regulations. These resources were developed in close cooperation with NCHEMS, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, whose Vice President Peter Ewell has led previous surveys of both state regulatory practices for postsecondary instruction, and of the cooperative relationships of states with accrediting associations. In 2014, SHEEO further collaborated with Pearson to create a web-based delivery mechanism both for the survey data to the consumer, and for data updates from the agencies.

The completed compendium of state laws and regulatory practices (which includes contact information for each agency) can now be found on our new web-based platform; surveys can be updated continuously by agency personnel. Revisions, with dates, are available by agency. SHEEO plans to provide a quarterly update to the field of the latest revisions, which also serves as a formal request for updates from each of the listed agencies. An annually updated directory of state regulatory agencies and contact personnel can be found on the main SHEEO State Authorization Survey and Reports page.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of our colleagues in the state agencies who have provided this information, our colleagues at Pearson who have allowed us to move to the new web-based platform, our colleagues at NCHEMS who helped develop and administer our original survey in 2011, and the members and organizations represented on the SHEEO State Authorization Advisory Board who have contributed generously to the development of this project.

For more information please contact Sharmila Mann at 303-541-1602 (sbmann@sheeo.org).

Survey Development

Prior Survey Results

Below are links to PDFs providing the compiled results of all agency responses to the SHEEO State Authorization Survey in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Current survey data for each agency can be found here.

All Agency Responses (single pdf)—May 2013

All Agency Responses (single pdf)—June 2012

All Agency Responses (single pdf)—October 2011

For more information please contact Sharmila Mann at 303-541-1602 (sbmann@sheeo.org).