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State Authorization - Other Resources



  • The SHEEO State Authorization Survey (April 2012)
    Archived presentation and presentation materials from the SHEEO webinar, with SHEEO and NCHEMS staff discussing the development, data collection, results, and analysis of data from the SHEEO Survey of State Authorization Agencies.



Federal Regulation

US Department of Education

  • David Bergeron's "Dear Colleague" Letter from July 27, 2012
    This letter from the US Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education provides guidance on the Department of Education’s most recent interpretation of the program integrity regulations in light of the recent Court of Appeals decision vacating the part of the State Authorization rule relating to approval of online learning.

  • Eduardo Ochoa's "Dear Colleague" Letter from April 20, 2011
    This letter from the US Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education provides guidance on state authorization in the context of distance learning under the Program Integrity regulation.

  • Eduardo Ochoa's "Dear Colleague" Letter from March 17, 2011
    This letter from the US Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education provides guidance on three areas of the final regulations published on October 29, 2010, addressing program integrity issues: state authorization, incentive compensation, and misrepresentation.

  • US Department of Education: Program Integrity Rules
    This issue of the Federal Register details the program integrity rules proposed by the US Department of Education in 2010, including those related to state authorization, distance education, student complaint processes, authorization fee structures, and more.

Lawsuit and Court Rulings on Federal Regulations

Higher Education Compliance Alliance



    Former U. S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and 20 other leaders have been invited to explore the regulation of postsecondary distance education on a new national commission organized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).


  • WICHE SARA – WORKING DRAFT (September 2012)
    Current public draft of WSARA, a version of the Presidents’ Forum/Council of State Governments’ model reciprocity agreement (SARA) modified by WICHE to better suit the implementation needs of their constituent states.

    Slides describing the effort across regional organizations of states (WICHE, MHEC, NEBHE, and SREB) to develop an implementation-ready cross-state reciprocity agreement on authorization of higher education institutions by state agencies, based on the work of the Presidents’ Forum and the Council of State Governments.

Presidents’ Forum

Council of State Governments

WCET Blogs

Distance Education


SREB – Southern Regional Education Board

  • Distance Learning Policy Lab
    The SREB Distance Learning Policy Laboratory assists the 16 states in the SREB region with distance learning projects and outreach to students. A current focus is helping states respond to changes in federal regulations that require institutions with online programs to have approval in states where they enroll students.

  • SREB’s Electronic Campus
    SREB's Electronic Campus is an "electronic marketplace" of online courses and programs from the South's colleges and universities. The Electronic Campus was designed to provide learning opportunities from accredited colleges and universities that offered courses and programs that exceed SREB's Principles of Good Practice.

Sloan-C – Sloan Consortium

  • Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011 (November 2011)
    Based on responses from over 2,500 academic leaders, the ninth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, seeks to serve as a barometer of online learning in the United States.


CHEA – Council for Higher Education Accreditation

    CHEA maintains this updated page of links, contact information, and areas of geographic authority of the six regional accrediting organizations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS); New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NSACS); Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS); and the two divisions of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

  • State Uses of Accreditation – Results of a 50-State Inventory (September 2010)
    The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) contracted with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to conduct a fifty-state inventory of how states use accreditation; the resulting responses were used to prepare this report.

DETC – Distance Education and Training Council

  • DETC Accrediting Commission
    The DETC Accrediting Commission identifies and accredits distance education and training institutions that have attained and maintained the standards deemed necessary to operate at a high level of quality.