Sacred Heart University is required to seek approval to offer distance education (online) programs in most states in the country. As these regulations are continuously evolving, Sacred Heart University makes every effort to maintain compliance and is working with each state to gain the appropriate authorization for each of our programs.
Currently Sacred Heart University has authorization to offer degrees in the following states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Washington State
- Washington, DC
- West Virginia
As a condition of Sacred Heart University’s authority to offer its programs to state residents, several postsecondary education agencies require the publication of certain consumer information.
The following states require additional information. Please check to see if your home state is listed below with additional regulatory information:
Alaska: Sacred Heart University’s RN:BSN, Masters of Nursing, Accelerated RN:BSN:MSN and Masters of Applies Phycology programs are exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17 because the programs are distance delivered and do not have a physical presence in the state.
Maryland: We are awaiting authorization from Maryland’s Higher Education Commission and expect to have approval by February 2016.
Minnesota: Sacred Heart University is registered with the office pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
North Carolina: We are awaiting authorization from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Sacred Heart University’s online programs are no longer accepting applications until further notice.
Texas: Sacred Heart University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. Sacred Heart University is chartered by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut and is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Individuals may contact NEASC for additional information or file complaints found at the link below.
Washington State: Sacred Heart University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirement and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Sacred Heart University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
In accordance with federal regulations of October 29, 2010, institutions of higher education are required to provide contact information for each state in which students who enroll with Sacred Heart University reside. The following list provides the appropriate contact information for each state. Sacred Heart University is committed to providing quality education for all of our students. In the event that you have a serious complaint against the university, you should first attempt to resolve the issue through the appropriate university complaint process. Learn more about how to file a complaint about distance programs or courses.
Alaska Commission Postsecondary Education
PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 9811-0505
California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
On line Complaint Form: http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml
Print and Fill Form: http://www.bppe.ca.gov/forms_pubs/complaint.pdf
Connecticut Commissioner of Higher Education
Delaware Higher Education Office
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Idaho State Board of Education
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037
Kansas Board of Regents
State of Louisiana Board of Regents
Student Complaint Process:
Office of the Attorney General
200 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Michigan Proprietary Schools
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Montana Board of Regents
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5009
New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission
New Mexico Higher Education Department
New York State Education Department
Office of College and University Evaluation
Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Assistant Director of Licensure and Workforce Studies
University of North Carolina General Administration
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
Nonpublic Postsecondary Institution Licensing
South Dakota Board of Regents
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Division of Postsecondary School Authorization
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243
Texas Workforce Commission’s Career School Section
Utah Division of Consumer Protection
Vermont State Board of Education, Vermont Department of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620
Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Private & Out-Of-State Postsecondary Education
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Wisconsin Education Approval Board
Wyoming Department of Education