Non-New York State Authorization and Distance Education

State Authorization refers to the regulation of both (1) distance education courses and programs offered to residents of a particular state by an institution based in another state, and (2) various non-distance activities within a particular state by institutions outside of that state.

For approval of distance education programs in New York State, access instructions for instituting new programs or program changes. 

 

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes one set of national standards and regulations for offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA is administered by four regional educational compacts and overseen by NC-SARA.

 

New York University (NYU) is a SARA participating member institution and is authorized pursuant to SARA to enroll students in online courses and field experiences (up to ten students per site) in the SARA states and territories listed below.  However, please note that certain programs leading to professional licensure may be subject to additional state professional licensing requirements, which are not covered by SARA.  For more information about these requirements, please see [LINK].

 

Current SARA Member States, District, & Territories

Alabama

Maine

Oklahoma

Alaska

Maryland

Oregon

Arizona

Michigan

Pennsylvania

Arkansas

Minnesota

Rhode Island

Colorado

Mississippi

South Carolina

Connecticut

Missouri

South Dakota

Delaware  

Montana

Tennessee

District of Columbia

Nebraska

Texas

Hawaii

Nevada

Utah

Idaho

New Hampshire

Vermont

Illinois

New Jersey

Virginia

Indiana

New Mexico

Washington

Iowa

New York

West Virginia

Kansas

North Carolina

Wisconsin

Kentucky

North Dakota

Wyoming

Louisiana

Ohio

Virgin Islands

 

NYU is also able to enroll students in online courses in California, Florida, and Massachusetts.  Should a school wish to place a student in a non-classroom experience in either Florida, Massachusetts, and the US territories (other than Virgin Islands, please contact the Multi-State Authorization Compliance Officer at lina.j@nyu.edu.

 

Distance education is defined as a system and a process that connects learners with providers via distributed learning resources. While distance learning takes a wide variety of forms, all distance learning is characterized by: a separation of place and/or time between instructor and learner, among learners, and/or between learners and learning resources. If your school offers courses or programs in the form of distance education to students who do not reside within New York State while completing their studies, the information that follows will apply to you. 

In addition, State Authorization may apply to you if your school or program has activity in the following categories: 

  • Non-classroom experiences,
  • Marketing/advertising/recruitment, 
  • Proctoring,
  • Distance Education, 
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and
  • Faculty residing outside of New York State

Depending upon on the nature or level of activity, each of the categories below can serve to constitute what a state might consider a physical presence within its borders by an out-of-state institution, whether or not related to a distance education program, and thus will necessitate state authorization. 

Each individual state has created its own set of standards and guidelines with respect to educational activities within its borders by out-of-state institutions. 

If your school or program meets or plans activities with respect to distance education courses or programs or non-distance education program offerings which will meet any of the following categories as defined below, please contact Lina Janusas, Multistate Auhtorization Compliance Officer, Office of Academic Program Review and Assessment, at lina.j@nyu.edu or (212) 998-2093.

 

Distant Education Complaint Process:

 

New York University students who are taking courses outside New York State within a SARA state as listed below, may first seek to resolve complaints with the school. Should the student need assistance in this process, please contact Lina Janusas at lina.j@nyu.edu. Those who have complaints that have not otherwise been resolved through contact with NYU internal offices (including school offices) may seek advisement from the New York State Portal entity. Should a complaint not be resolved through processes and protocols defined by New York University, the contact information for NYU’s State Portal Entity is provided below. Note: New York University does not maintain the state and territory websites, and information may change without New York University’s knowledge.



State Portal Entity Contact:

Owen Donovan, PhD

Supervisor, Higher Education Programs

New York State Education Department

89 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12234

518.474.1551

IHEauthorize@nysed.gov



SARA Member States & Territories

Alabama

Maine

Oklahoma

Alaska

Maryland

Oregon

Arizona

Michigan

Pennsylvania

Arkansas

Minnesota

Rhode Island

Colorado

Mississippi

South Carolina

Connecticut

Missouri

South Dakota

Delaware  

Montana

Tennessee

District of Columbia

Nebraska

Texas

Hawaii

Nevada

Utah

Idaho

New Hampshire

Vermont

Illinois

New Jersey

Virginia

Indiana

New Mexico

Washington

Iowa

New York

West Virginia

Kansas

North Carolina

Wisconsin

Kentucky

North Dakota

Wyoming

Louisiana

Ohio

Virgin Islands

 

NON-SARA STATE CONTACT INFORMATION

For students enrolled outside of New York state and in a non-SARA state or territory, the contact information for your agency is listed below.


For students who are located in New York State, please reference the following link.

Note: New York University does not maintain the state and territory websites, and information may change without New York University’s knowledge.

 

State or U.S. Territory

Agency Name

Agency Link

California

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml

Florida

Florida Commission for Independent Education

http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/file-a-complaint.stml

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

http://www.mass.edu/forstufam/complaints/complaints.asp

American Samoa

American Samoa Department of Education

http://www.doe.as/

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

State Department of Education; State Higher Education Agency

https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/mp.html

Guam

Boards of Regents

http://www.uog.edu/administration/board-of-regents/board-of-regents-home

Republic of the Marshall Islands

Scholarship Grant and Loan Board

Unknown

Federated States of Micronesia Department of Education

Department of Education

https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/fm.html

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Council on Education

http://www.ce.pr.gov/

http://www.sheeo.org/our-members/puerto-rico-council-educationconsejo-de-educaci%C3%B3n-de-puerto-rico