State Authorizations And Exemptions

While students from any state or country are welcome to take classes in residence at any of Multnomah’s physical locations, students taking classes entirely online must reside in a state where MU has been approved to offer online coursework.  As described on the WCET website:

Whether via distance education, practical experiences, or face-to-face, states expect that institutions obtain approval before enrolling students, advertising, marketing, or performing other regulated activities in their state.  The requirements as to which activities require authorization, the application processes, and the costs to comply vary greatly from state-to-state.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued a regulation tying an institution's ability to offer federal financial aid in a state to the institution being authorized in the student's state.  The regulation was subsequently "vacated" by federal court ruling and is not currently being enforced.  The Department is currently in the process of reinstating the regulation. Regardless of the status of the federal regulation, states still expect institutions to follow their laws and regulations.

Currently, Multnomah is seeking or has obtained authorization or exemption from authorization to offer online classes to residents in the following states:

 

Alaska Mississippi Oregon
Arizona Missouri Pennsylvania
California Montana South Dakota
Connecticut Nebraska Texas
Colorado New Jersey Utah
Hawaii New York Virginia
Idaho Nevada Washington
Illinois North Carolina West Virginia
Kentucky North Dakota Wyoming
Louisiana Ohio  
Michigan Oklahoma  

 

More states are added to this list periodically.  If you wish to take online Multnomah University classes but do not live in one of the states listed, contact the Admissions Office to ask if Multnomah is in the process of securing authorization for your state.  Note that the regulatory requirements of some states make it fiscally imprudent to obtain authorization.  Furthermore, Multnomah University is required to provide its students and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agencies and with the appropriate state agency; this contact information is provided below.

Alaska

Multnomah University has been determined to meet the criteria for exemption from the authorization provisions of AS 14.48 per regulation 20 AAC 17.015 (a) (5) according to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE).

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
http://acpe.alaska.gov/ABOUT_US/Consumer_Protection

Arizona

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website and 05-14-15 correspondence from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSE), the AZPPSE does not require purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of Arizona, to be authorized, and only institutions with a physical presence in the State of Arizona are eligible for AZPPSE regulation and oversight.

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
https://ppse.az.gov/complaint

California

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education does not require purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of California, to be authorized, and only institutions with a physical presence in the State of California are eligible for Bureau regulation and oversight.

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml

Colorado

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (DHE) does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of Colorado, and only institutions with a physical presence in the State of Colorado are eligible for DHE regulation and oversight (see pp. 5-6 of Colorado Degree Authorization Act).

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints/default.html

Connecticut

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) and the Connecticut Office of Higher Education (OHE) websites, the OHE “does not regulate placement of students in experiential settings, unless the institution has a physical presence in Connecticut.”  Although OHE requires that all out-of-state institutions self-evaluate to meet the standards required of instruction offered on campus, distance education programs and courses delivered wholly online are not subject to OHE approval.  “In addition, according to guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education on March 17, 2011 (GEN-11-05), a document verifying no authorization is required by a state is not necessary for institutions to comply with the regulations for state authorization (see #22), and the Office of Higher Education does not issue such letters.”

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
http://www.ctohe.org/StudentComplaints.shtml

Hawaii

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP) does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of Hawaii, and only institutions with a physical presence in the State of Hawaii are eligible for HPEAP regulation and oversight.

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/files/2013/08/Student-Complaint-Form.pdf

Idaho

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the Idaho State Board of Education (ISBOE) does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of Idaho, and only institutions with a physical presence in the State of Idaho are eligible for SBOE regulation and oversight.

Regarding student complaints, please visit: 
http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/priv_col_univ/student_complaint.asp

Illinois

As of May 6, 2015 (request ID: 719320), Multnomah University has received the Limited Physical Presence exemption with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).   

Regarding student complaints, please visit: 
http://www.ibhe.state.il.us/consumerinfo/complaint.htm

Kentucky

According to communication from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the CPE does not require licensure of purely (100%) distance education programs that do not engge in "operating or soliciting" activites (per 13 KAR 1:020 Section 1 [8]).

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
http://cpe.ky.gov/forstudents/consumercomplaints/

Louisiana

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the Louisiana Board of Regents does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of Louisiana.

Regarding student complaints, please visit: 
http://regents.louisiana.gov/utility-navigation/students/

Michigan

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of Michigan.

Regarding student complaints, please visit: 
http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_61343_35395_35396---,00.html

Mississippi

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA) does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of Mississippi.  As described on the MCCA website, institutions without a physical presence must contact the MCCA top stipulate agreement with authorization criteria.  Multnomah University has submitted this application and is awaiting response.

Regarding student complaints, please visit: 
http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/downloads/studentcomplaintform.pdf

Missouri

According to a 05-16-15 correspondence, the Missouri Department of Higher Education (DHE) does not require oversight of distance-education programs without a physical presence in Missouri.  The DHE requests that all institutions delivering distance education programs to Missouri residents conform to its principles of good practice for distance education.

Regarding student complaints, please visit:  http://dhe.mo.gov/documents/POLICYONCOMPLAINTRESOLUTION-reviseddraft.pdf

Montana

Multnomah University is authorized to offer post-secondary degree programs in the State of Montana by the Montana University System, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
http://mus.edu/MUS-Statement-of-Complaint-Process.asp

Nebraska

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of Nebraska.

Regarding student complaints, please contact: 

Kathleen Fimple
Academic Programs Officer
Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
402‐471‐0030
kathleen.fimple@nebraska.gov

http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=85-2418

New Jersey

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) and the State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) websites, New Jersey uses a “physical presence” standard to determine if an out-of-state higher education institution requires licensure by the state.  Internships are not considered to be “physical presence” if student driven, conducted on a one-to-one basis, or when the supervisor is not a permanent employee of the institution.

Regarding student complaints, please visit:  http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/OSHEComplaintInstructions.shtml

New York

According to the New York Office of College and University Evaluation, out-of-state degree-granting institutions seeking to enroll New Yorkers in online programs need not be authorized by the New York State Board of Regents, provided there is no “physical presence.”

 

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
 http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/spr/COMPLAINTFORMINFO.html

 

Nevada

Multnomah University Reno-Tahoe is an approved “additional location” by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), an “ongoing course-offering site” by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), and authorized to deliver more than 50% of existing degree programs by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).  Additionally, Multnomah University is licensed to operate a private postsecondary educational institution in the State of Nevada.  The Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education issues this full-term license pursuant to Chapter 394 of Nevada Revised Statutes and regulations codified thereunder.

Regarding student complaints, please visit: 
http://www.cpe.state.nv.us/CPE%20Complaint%20Info.htm

North Carolina

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs that do not trigger its physical-presence standard (see page 2 of the Rules and Standards document).

Regarding student complaints, please visit:  http://www.northcarolina.edu/sites/default/files/documents/student_complaint_policy.pdf

North Dakota

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the North Dakota University System (NDUS) does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs, including online programs that enroll residents of North Dakota, and Multnomah University has met the requirements for an exemption through May 13, 2016.

Regarding student complaints, please contact: 

Tanya Spilovoy, D. Ed.
Director of Distance Education and State Authorization
1815 Schafer St., Ste. 202
Bismarck, ND 58501-1217
tanya.spilovoy@ndus.edu

Oklahoma

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) do not require authorization of purely (100%) distance-education programs.  See Section 3.1.3 of the OSRHE Academic Affairs Procedures Handbook:

Out-of-state institutions nationally or regionally accredited, as noted in the preceding paragraph, offering college-level courses and programs in Oklahoma via electronic technology are expected to adhere to the same high standards of program delivery as Oklahoma institutions subscribe. Therefore, out-of-state institutions are encouraged strongly to follow the academic standards outlined in the State Regents’ Electronically Delivered and Traditional Off-Campus Courses and Programs policy.  Institutions that offer college-level courses and programs completely online, with no physical presence in Oklahoma, do not fall under the jurisdiction of this policy. For the purpose of this policy, for programs otherwise completely online, physical presence does not include media advertisements or entering into an arrangement with any business, organization, or similar entity located in Oklahoma for the purposes of providing a clinical externship, internship, student teaching, or similar opportunity.  The onus shall be on the student for entering into an agreement for these activities.

Regarding student complaints, please visit: 
https://www.okhighered.org/current-college-students/complaints.shtml

Ohio

According to the Ohio Board of Regents’ Office of Program Development and Approval, out-of-state institutions without a physical presence in Ohio may contact the agency for a letter of exemption from the authorization requirement.  As of May 11, 2015, Multnomah University has received such an exemption to offer online programs that do not contain a component needing to be completed within Ohio.

Regarding student complaints, please visit:  https://www.ohiohighered.org/students/complaints

Oregon

Multnomah University was incorporated under the Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Act on October 7, 1937, and is duly licensed (license # 2011-07-01-MU008) in the State of Oregon as a degree-granting institution of higher education.  This license is issued under the authority of Oregon Revised Statute 348.597, as amended, and Oregon Administrative Rules Division 30, 583-030-0010(3).  Licensure indicates that Multnomah University is a regionally accredited non-profit institution that has met the required standards for degree authorization in Oregon for a period of time established under rule.  This license is issued in recognition of the approved independent status of the named institution and does not serve as an endorsement or guarantee of quality by the Office of Degree Authorization.

All complaints about schools under Oregon’s regulatory jurisdiction or an exempt status approved by this office are handled by Office of Degree Authorization (ODA) staff.  Complaints about exempt schools are referred to the Attorney General’s office.  Please call ODA for more information at 541‐687‐7478.

Pennsylvania

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) websites, distance-education programs without a physical presence in the state of Pennsylvania do not require state authorization.

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
http://www.education.pa.gov/Postsecondary-Adult/College%20and%20Career%20Education/Pages/Students-Complaints.aspx#.Vmiqg7-N11E

South Carolina

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) and South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) websites, “The Commission does not have jurisdiction where institutions enroll SC residents into online courses or programs where the institution does not conduct activities defined as operating or soliciting in South Carolina.”

Regarding student complaints, please visit:  http://www.che.sc.gov/CHE_Docs/AcademicAffairs/License/Complaint_procedures_and_form.pdf

South Dakota

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website and information received from the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office (SDSOS), South Dakota does not regulate distance-education and online programs.

Regarding student complaints, please contact:
South Dakota Attorney General
1302 E. Highway 14, Suite 1
Pierre, SD  57501-8501
Telephone:  (605) 773-3215

Texas

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website and Chapter 7.14 of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) rules, the THECB does not require authorization of purely (100%) distance education programs of accredited institutions with no physical presence in the State of Texas.

Regarding student complaints, please visit: 
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/download.cfm?downloadfile=053424CA-C5EC-31B3-7F15B237DD49A4FF

Utah

According to a 04-13-15 letter from the Utah Division of Consumer Protection (UDCP), Multnomah University is exempt from the registration requirements of Utah Code §13-34-105:  “According to the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act, §13-34-105(1)(e), a school or institution which is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education is exempt from registration with the Division, if it establishes an exemption with the Division.”

Regarding student complaints, please visit: 
http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/complaints/index.html

Virginia

According to a statement from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), an out-of-state institution providing educational offerings to Virginia residents via distance learning without a physical presence in Virginia is not required to obtain certification.

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
http://www.schev.edu/students/studentcomplaint.asp

Washington

Multnomah University 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 Multnomah University to offer 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.  Students may submit a formal complaint to the Washington Student Achievement Council, provided it is against an institution authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and is within one year of the last date of attendance.  For more information, please contact the Washington Student Achievement Council at 360‐753‐7800.

West Virginia

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) website and Title 133 of the legislative rule of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) rules, state authorization is only required if the institution “will have a physical presence in the State” (§133-20-2).

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
Section 14 of Series 20 or contact:

Dr. Kathy Butler, Senior Director of Academic Affairs
WV Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Blvd., E. Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-558-0261
Email: kbutler@hepc.wvnet.edu

Wyoming

According to a 07-01-16 letter from the Wyoming Department of Education, Multnomah University is authorized to offer educational services to Wyoming students.

Regarding student complaints, please visit:
https://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/schools/student-complaint-form.pdf

For the MAT Program:

Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state-approved educator preparation program.  This program is approved in Oregon. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application.  Go to PESB's website for more information.

Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

For the MA in TESOL Program:

This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification.  Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.