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State Authorizations for Distance Learning

State Authorizations for Distance Learning

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.

State Approvals

Currently Sacred Heart University has authorization to offer degrees in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington State
  • Washington, DC
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

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.

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.

Complaint Process

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.

ALABAMA
Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education Private School Licensure Division

ALASKA
Alaska Commission Postsecondary Education
PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 9811-0505

ARIZONA
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board

CALIFORNIA
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

COLORADO
Colorado Department of Higher Education

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Commissioner of Higher Education

DELAWARE
Delaware Higher Education Office

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education

FLORIDA
Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education

GEORGIA
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

HAWAII
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

IDAHO
Idaho State Board of Education
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037
board@osbe.idaho.gov

ILLINOIS
Illinois State Board of Education

INDIANA
Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education

IOWA
Iowa College Student Aid Commission

KANSAS
Kansas Board of Regents

KENTUCKY
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

LOUISIANA
State of Louisiana Board of Regents

MAINE
Maine Department of Education

MARYLAND
Student Complaint Process:
Office of the Attorney General
200 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-528-8662
http://www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/complaint.htm

MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

MICHIGAN
Michigan Proprietary Schools

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Office of Higher Education

MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation

MISSOURI
Missouri Department of Higher Education

MONTANA
Montana Board of Regents

NEBRASKA
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5009
402-471-0030

NEVADA
Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education

NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Higher Education Department

NEW YORK
New York State Education Department
Office of College and University Evaluation

NORTH CAROLINA
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
(919) 962-4558

NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota State Board for Career and Technical Education

OHIO
Ohio Attorney General

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

OREGON
Oregon Office of Degree Authorization

PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education

RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island

SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
Nonpublic Postsecondary Institution Licensing

SOUTH DAKOTA
South Dakota Board of Regents

TENNESSEE
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Division of Postsecondary School Authorization
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243

TEXAS
Texas Workforce Commission’s Career School Section
Phone: 512.936.3100

UTAH
Utah Division of Consumer Protection
http://www.consumerprotection.utah.gov/complaints/index.html

VERMONT
Vermont State Board of Education, Vermont Department of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620

VIRGINIA
Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Private & Out-Of-State Postsecondary Education
http://www.schev.edu/students/studentcomplaint.asp

WASHINGTON
Washington Student Achievement Council
http://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints
Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
http://www.wtb.wa.gov/PCS_Complaints.asp

WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
http://www.wvhepc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Student-Complaint-Process-revised.pdf

WISCONSIN
Wisconsin Education Approval Board
http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/complaint.asp

WYOMING
Wyoming Department of Education
http://edu.wyoming.gov/in-the-classroom/special-programs/dispute-resolution/