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FEDERAL AND REGULATORY

FEDERAL AND REGULATORY RESOURCES

ACCREDITING COMMISSION OF CAREER SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES  www.accsc.org

ACCREDITING COUNCIL FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION AND TRAINING  www.accet.org

ACCREDITING COUNCIL FOR INDEPENDENT COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS  www.acics.org

COUNCIL ON OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION www.council.org

DISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING COUNCIL, ACCREDITING COMMISSION www.detc.org

MIDDLE STATES COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION  www.msche.org

MIDDLE STATES COMMISSION ON SECONDARY SCHOOLS  www.css-msa.org

NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF REGENTS, AND THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION  www.nysed.gov

NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, THE HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION  www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

NORTHWEST COMMISSION ON COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES  www.nwccu.org

SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, COMMISSION ON COLLEGES  www.sacscoc.org

TRANSNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, ACCREDITATION COMMISSION  www.tracs.org

WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, ACCREDITING COMMISSION FOR COMMUNITY AND JUNIOR COLLEGES

www.accjc.org
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education www.acpe-accredit.org
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
www.ada.org/coda

American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education www.aota.org/education

American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education www.aoa.org/optometrists

American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education www.capteonline.org

American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation www.apa.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology www.asha.org

American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education www.avma.org

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission www.acpe.edu

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education www.aacn.nche.edu

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation www.cea-accredit.org

Council on Education for Public Health www.ceph.org

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education www.cnme.org

Kansas State Board of Nursing www.ksbn.org

Liaison Committee on Medical Education www.lcme.org

Maryland Board of Nursing www.mbon.org

Missouri State Board of Nursing www.pr.mo.gov/nursing

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education www.ncate.org

New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education) www.op.nysed.gov

North Dakota Board of Nursingwww.ndbon.org/Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee www.teac.org

 

STATE REGULATORY AGENCIES

Alabama The State Board of Education is the State Board for Vocational Education. www.alsde.edu

 Alaska The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education has licensure and approval authority for all institutions of postsecondary education including for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools. www.acpe.alaska.gov

 Arizona The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education has authority over for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools, private degree-granting institutions and other vocational-technical and proprietary schools. www.ppse.az.gov

Arkansas Out-of-state and proprietary institutions must be certified by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board in order to offer degrees and college-credit courses. The State Board of Private Career Education has approval and licensing authority for vocational and technical programs that do not grant degrees or offer college-level courses. www.newschool.edu


California
The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has approval and licensing authority for both degree-granting and nondegree-granting postsecondary programs, schools, colleges and universities within the state that are unaccredited including for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools. www.bppe.ca.gov

Colorado
The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education is the State Board of Education. www.highered.colorado.gov

Connecticut
The State Board of Education serves as the State Board of Vocational Education. www.sde.ct.gov

Kentucky The Council on Postsecondary Education has the statutory authority to license all nonprofit colleges and universities, including private degree-granting institutions, which operate in Kentucky, as well as proprietary, baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. Other proprietary institutions, which award an associates degree or other nondegree credentials, are licensed by the State Board for Proprietary Education. Other licensing agencies are responsible for specialized institutions or programs such as barbering, cosmetology and nursing. www.education.ky.gov

Louisiana The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education functions as the approval agency for vocational-technical and proprietary schools. The Board of Regents serves as the licensing authority for proprietary schools, which offer academic degrees and for private academic degree-granting institutions. www.louisianabelieves.com

Maine The State Board of Education and the State Department of Education are responsible for recommending to the legislature approval of degree-granting authority for postsecondary education institutions. www.maine.gov/doe

Maryland The Maryland Higher Education Commission has licensing and approval authority for all public and private institutions of postsecondary education. In addition, this agency has approval responsibility for the Veterans Administration. www.marylandpublicschools.org

Massachusetts The Board of Higher Education has licensing authority over the approval of charters and amendments for independent degree-granting institutions in the state, both proprietary and nonprofit. www.doe.mass.edu

Michigan The State Board of Education has licensing authority for nondegreee vocational-technical and proprietary institutions within the state. Such institutions outside Michigan who wish to recruit Michigan students must have their recruiters licensed in a similar manner. The Board also approves the charters for private degree-granting institutions. www.michigan.gov

Minnesota The Minnesota Higher Education Services Council has licensing authority over all private-degree granting, vocational-technical and for-profit/proprietary schools. www.education.state.mn.us


Mississippi
The Commission on College Accreditation functions as the accrediting agency for public and private degree-granting institutions in the state. The Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration serves as the approval and licensing authority for proprietary schools. The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning is the accrediting agency for all nursing education programs. www.mde.k12.ms.us

North Dakota The State Board for Vocational and Technical Education functions as the licensing and approval authority for private degree-granting institutions and for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools and confers with the chancellor of the North Dakota University System for official approval of academic institutions desiring to offer programs or courses in the state. www.dpi.state.nd.us

Ohio The Ohio Board of Regents has statutory responsibility for authorization of private, nonprofit colleges and universities to operate in Ohio. The Department of Education approves vocational schools. Proprietary schools, including for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools, are approved by the Board of Proprietary School Registration. www.education.ohio.gov

Oklahoma The State Regents for Higher Education function as the approval and licensing agency for public degree-granting institutions. The Department of Career and Technology Education has supervision over the vocational and technical schools. The Oklahoma Board of Private Schools licenses the operation of proprietary schools. www.ok.gov

Oregon The Office of Degree Authorization has approval and licensing authority for most private degree-granting institutions in Oregon and all out-of-state public and private colleges and universities offering programs in Oregon. The State Board of Education has approval authority for private vocational schools. The Oregon Department of Education has approval and licensing authority for for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools. www.ode.state.or.us

Pennsylvania The Department of Education has licensing authority for private degree-granting institutions. The State Board of Private Licensed Schools has authority over for-profit/proprietary schools and for-profit/proprietary vocational-technical schools. www.education.state.pa.us

Rhode Island The Board of Governors for Higher Education has approval authority for private/nonprofit degree-granting institutions not specifically exempted by statute or legislative action and approval authority for proprietary schools. For-profit degree-granting institutions are prohibited from operating in the state by statute. www.ride.ri.gov

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to license private degree-granting institutions established in the state since 1953, except for theological schools. Authority to license proprietary institutions, which do not award degrees, and to carry out approval functions required by the Veterans Administration was transferred from the State Board of Education to the Commission on Higher Education in 1991. In 1992, the General Assembly passed comprehensive licensing legislation that replaced both existing statutes; this legislation clarifies and expands the commission's authority to license institutions and to grant agent permits, allows it to set reasonable fees and provides student tuition protection. www.ed.sc.gov


South Dakota
No agency or commission has approval and licensing authority of for-profit or proprietary schools in South Dakota. These schools file articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State. Any organization claiming to confer postsecondary credit or degrees must be accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S department of Education or participate in Title IV federal financial aid. www.doe.sd.gov

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