State Authorization and Complaint Resolution

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Online and distance education is an important part of Oregon State University's program offerings, with many students participating in federal financial aid.  Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online education providers. The relevant language includes:

If an institution is offering postsecondary education through  to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary online education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)

States Authorizations

OSU Ecampus is working in cooperation with the Department of Education and states' agencies to comply with required authorizations so that we can continue to provide educational access to students across the country. We are evaluating and working to comply with these various requirements and will provide up-to-date information when available. 

Authorizations by States

Listed below are states in which OSU Ecampus has sought and received authorization to offer online education or where we are currently in the process of obtaining authorization.

Alabama: Oregon University System is currently in the process of obtaining authorization to offer online education in Alabama.
Alaska: Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in Alaska.
Arizona: Ecampus is exempt from authorization to offer online education in Arizona.
Arkansas: Ecampus is currently in the process of obtaining formal authorization to offer online education to students in Arkansas. Arkansas has  recently authorized Ecampus to admit new students to the following programs: BA/BS in Anthropology, BA/BS in Economics, BA in German, BA/BS in Liberal Studies, BA/BS Political Science, BA/BS Psychology, BA/BS in Sociology, and BA/BS in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Until further notice, Ecampus cannot admit new students from Arkansas to any other programs. Arkansas will allow currently admitted Ecampus students to continue taking courses for the programs in which we are not yet authorized.
California: Ecampus is exempt from authorization to offer online education in California.
Colorado: Ecampus is exempt from authorization to offer online education in Colorado.
Connecticut: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Connecticut.
DelawareEcampus is in the process of obtaining authorization to offer online education in Delaware.
District of Columbia: Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in District of Columbia.
Florida: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Florida.
Georgia: Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in Georgia.
Hawaii: Ecampus is exempt from authorization to offer online education in Hawaii.
Idaho: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Idaho.
Illinois: Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in Illinois.
Indiana: Ecampus is exempt from authorization to offer online education in Indiana.
Iowa: Ecampus is in the process of obtaining authorization to offer online education in Iowa.
Kansas: Ecampus is in the process of obtaining authorization to offer online education in Kansas.
Kentucky: Ecampus is in the process of obtaining authorization to offer online education in Kentucky.
Louisiana: Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in Louisiana.
Maine: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Maine.
Maryland: Oregon State University is now registered with the Commission to enroll Maryland students in the fully online education programs indicated, through June 30, 2014. In order to minimize costs to obtain authorization to offer online courses and programs, OSU cannot authorize internship opportunities in Maryland. OSU academic programs will develop alternative academic experiences as options for traditional site-based internships, which will be formally written into degree requirements as alternatives, preserving the expected programmatic outcomes and degree of rigor expected of traditional site-based internships.
Massachusetts: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Massachusetts, as long as internships are not allowed in the state. In order to minimize costs to obtain authorization to offer online courses and programs, OSU cannot authorize internship opportunities in Massachusetts. OSU academic programs will develop alternative academic experiences as options for traditional site-based internships, which will be formally written into degree requirements as alternatives, preserving the expected programmatic outcomes and degree of rigor expected of traditional site-based internships.
Michigan: Ecampus is exempt from authorization to offer online education in Michigan.
Minnesota: Ecampus is in the process of obtaining authorization to offer online education in Minnesota.  Oregon State University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education 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. Curriculum: Oregon State University‚Äôs General Education requirement for baccalaureate degrees does not satisfy the Minnesota Degree Standards.  The courses needed to obtain a degree from Oregon State University can be found at:   https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/pdf/baccalaureate.pdf
Mississippi: Ecampus is exempt from authorization to offer online education in Mississippi.
Missouri: Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in Missouri.
Montana: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Montana.
Nebraska: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Nebraska.
Nevada: Through the Oregon State University System, Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in Nevada.
New Hampshire: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in New Hampshire, as long as internships are not allowed in the state. In order to minimize costs to obtain authorization to offer online courses and programs, OSU cannot authorize internship opportunities in New Hampshire. OSU academic programs will develop alternative academic experiences as options for traditional site-based internships, which will be formally written into degree requirements as alternatives, preserving the expected programmatic outcomes and degree of rigor expected of traditional site-based internships.
New Jersey: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in New Jersey.
New Mexico: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in New Mexico.
New York: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in New York.
North Carolina: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in North Carolina.
North DakotaEcampus has been authorized to offer online education in North Dakota.
Ohio: Ecampus is in the process of obtaining authorization to offer online education in Ohio.
Oklahoma: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Oklahoma.
Pennsylvania: Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in Pennsylvania.
Rhode Island: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Rhode Island.
South Carolina: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in South Carolina.
South Dakota: Ecampus is exempt from authorization to offer online education in South Dakota.
Tennessee: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Tennessee, as long as internships are not allowed in the state. In order to minimize costs to obtain authorization to offer online courses and programs, OSU cannot authorize internship opportunities in Tennessee. OSU academic programs will develop alternative academic experiences as options for traditional site-based internships, which will be formally written into degree requirements as alternatives, preserving the expected programmatic outcomes and degree of rigor expected of traditional site-based internships.
Texas: Ecampus is in the process of obtaining authorization to offer online education in Texas.
Utah: Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in Utah.
Vermont: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Vermont.
Virginia: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Virginia.
Washington: Oregon State University (Ecampus) is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act.  This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Oregon State 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 PO Box 43430, Olympia WA 98504-3430.  The Master of Science (MS) in Counseling through Ecampus is not approved at the present time. Until it is approved and until further notice, OSU can admit no new students from Washington state for this particular online program.
West Virginia: No application is required from Ecampus to offer online education in Vermont.
Wisconsin: Ecampus is exempt from authorization to offer online education in Wisconsin.
Wyoming: Ecampus has been authorized to offer online education in Wyoming.

For further information contact: Department and Student Services (541) 737-9929

Complaint Resolution

The University recognizes the importance of providing an opportunity for appeal for students from decisions made by student governing groups, University administrators, committees, and faculty and staff. Particular care is taken to provide safeguards for students in any action which significantly alters their status at the University, e.g. changes their living situation, prohibits them from participating in certain activities, suspends them from the institution, significantly affects their academic standing. Basic appeal procedures are summarized in the Oregon Administrative Rules. Any questions regarding appeal procedures should be directed to the individual department or committee involved or to the Office of the Dean of Students (200 Kerr Administration Building)

Furthermore, in compliance with the language passed in the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) conducted a Negotiated Rule Making Process in 2010, institutions offering  education must provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student's state. Below is information on OSU Extended Campus' accreditation agency, followed by a state-by-state list the agencies in each state responsible for complaints regarding out-of-state online education programs.

Complaint resolution contacts by state

These new regulations require us to provide prospective and current students with contact information for filing complaints with the appropriate agency in the state where the student resides. Please click on your state to be connected to the contact form should you have a complaint about OSU Extended Campus (Ecampus).

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

OSU Extended Campus accreditation

Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Oregon State Board of Higher Education has authorized the University to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and first professional degrees. Information regarding complaint process can be found on their NWCCU website.

More information

Program Integrity Issues; Final Rule
Amendments to title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 were finalized on October 29th, 2010. Read the Final ruling by the Department of Education.

WCET summary of requirements
WCET has compiled a summary of what states and institutions need to do to meet the new Federal Regulations.

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