State Authorization and Complaint Resolution

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Oregon State 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.

On Nov. 11, 2014, Oregon State University was accepted as a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As a member of NC-SARA, Oregon State has agreed to abide by national standards for the interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. Membership to NC-SARA eases the institutional regulatory requirements at the states' level, allowing for broader access to online learning to students in SARA-participant states.


Supervised field experiences do not establish a physical presence under SARA and are, therefore, covered by the provisions of the SARA governing interstate distance education activity, whether the field experience is part of a distance-education or campus-based program. Examples of supervised field experience include: practicum, student teaching, or internships. While the majority of Ecampus degree/certificate programs allow the completion of field experience as noted below under ‘authorization by states,’ some require completion within Oregon only (e.g. ESOL). Therefore, please refer to the curriculum information of the specific Ecampus degree/certificate program for details.

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Authorizations by states

As a member of the NC-SARA agreement, Oregon State is authorized to offer online, distance and/or field experience within 49 of the 50 states, CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

While California is not currently a member of the NC-SARA agreement, based on California regulatory requirements, Oregon State is exempt from obtaining authorization to offer online, distance or field experience education in California.

For further information, contact Maurine (Reni) Powell at OSU Ecampus.