SHEEO STATE AUTHORIZATION SURVEY AND REPORTS

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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 state regulatory practices for postsecondary instruction and the cooperative relationships of states with accrediting associations.

The completed directory of state regulatory agencies and compendium of state laws and regulatory practices, as of June 2012, are posted below. SHEEO plans to update this information regularly through a formal biannual request for updates to each of the listed agencies.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of our colleagues in the state agencies who have provided this information, and the members and organizations represented on the SHEEO State Authorization Advisory Board who have contributed generously to this project.

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

Survey Development

Reports from Survey Data

Survey Results

These are the individual state agency responses to the survey currently in progress. For more information please contact Sharmila Mann at 303-541-1602 (sbmann@sheeo.org).

All Agency Responses (single pdf)—May 2013

All Agency Responses (single pdf)—June 2012 

All Agency Responses (single pdf)—October 2011 


Agency Responses, by State

Alabama

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

May 2013

 

Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, Office of Private School Licensing Division

May 2013
  Alabama Secretary of State May 2013

​Alaska

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

May 2013

Arizona

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

May 2013

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

May 2013

 

Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education

October 2011

California

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

March 2014

Colorado

Colorado Department of Higher Education

May 2013

 

Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools

May 2013

Connecticut

Connecticut Office of Higher Education

May 2013

Delaware

Delaware Department of Education

May 2013

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission

October 2011

Florida

Florida Department of Education, Commission for Independent Education

May 2013

Georgia

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

May 2013

Hawaii

Authorizing agency in process

May 2013

Idaho

Idaho State Board of Education

March 2014

Illinois

Illinois Board of Higher Education

March 2014

Indiana

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

May 2013
  Indiana  – Department of Workforce Development June 2013

Iowa

Iowa College Student Aid Commission

May 2013

Kansas

Kansas Board of Regents

May 2013

Kentucky

Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education

May 2013

 

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

May 2013

Louisiana

Louisiana Board of Regents

March 2014

Maine

Maine Department of Education, Office of Higher Education

October 2011

Maryland

Maryland Higher Education Commission

March 2014

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

May 2013

Michigan

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

May 2013

Minnesota

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

May 2013

Mississippi

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation 

May 2013

 

Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration

March 2014

Missouri

Missouri Department of Higher Education

March 2014

Montana

Montana University System, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

March 2014

Nebraska

Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

May 2013

 

Nebraska Department of Education, Private Postsecondary Career Schools

May 2013

Nevada

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education

May 2013

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission

May 2013

New Jersey

New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education

June 2013

 

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Center for Occupational Employment Information

May 2013

New Mexico

New Mexico Higher Education Department

May 2013

New York

New York Office of College and University Evaluation

May 2013

 

New York State Education Department, Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision

May 2013

North Carolina

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors

May 2013

 

North Carolina Community College System, Office of Proprietary School Services

May 2013

North Dakota

North Dakota State Board of Higher Education

March 2014

Ohio

Ohio Board of Regents

May 2013

 

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools

October 2011

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education

May 2013

 

Oklahoma Board of Private Schools

May 2013

 

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

May 2013

Oregon

Oregon Department of Education, Private and Career Schools Office

October 2011

 

Oregon Office of Degree Authorization

March 2014

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Education

May 2013

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Council on Education

May 2013

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education

May 2013

South Carolina

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

March 2014

South Dakota

South Dakota Secretary of State

May 2013

Tennessee

Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Division of Postsecondary School Authorization

May 2013

Texas

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

May 2013

 

Texas Workforce Commission

May 2013

Utah

Utah Division of Consumer Protection

May 2013

Vermont

Vermont State Board of Education, through the Vermont Agency of Education

May 2013

Virginia

Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education

May 2013

Washington

Washington Student Achievement Council

March 2014

 

Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

May 2013

West Virginia

West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education

May 2013

 

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

May 2013

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board

May 2013

Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Education

May 2013

 

 

 

Other U.S Territories

American Samoa

 

Oct 2011

Federated States of Micronesia

 

June 2012

Guam

 

Oct 2011

Republic of the Marshall Islands

 

Oct 2011

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

 

Oct 2011

Republic of Palau

 

Oct 2011

U.S. Virgin Islands

 

Oct 2011

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