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State Authorization for Bloomsburg University
State Authorization for Bloomsburg University
If I don’t live in Pennsylvania, may I take online courses from Bloomsburg University?
If you are a resident of a state shown below in green, you may take any Bloomsburg University courses or programs that do not lead to professional licensure or certification.
If I am a Bloomsburg University student, where may I complete a field experience?
If you are a Bloomsburg University student, you may participate in a field experience in any state shown below in green, as long as the field experience is associated with a BU course or program that does not lead to professional licensure or certification.
If I don’t live in Pennsylvania, may I take online courses from Bloomsburg University that are part of a Professional Licensure or Certification program?
If you are a student interested in a course or program leading to professional licensure or certification, please see the “Professional Licensure/Certification” section below for clarification.
The two areas that State Authorization directly affects are online programs and field experiences. Due to Federal and State regulations, all universities offering online courses, online degrees, and face-to-face activities such as internships in states other than their own must meet the unique State Authorization requirements and regulations for each state. Please see “Professional Licensure/Certification” section below for important details that pertain to you if you are interested in a program leading to licensure.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. Its intention is to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. It also allows students to participate in non-licensure program field experiences in other SARA-member states.
Pennsylvania’s SARA membership is effective January 1, 2017 and Bloomsburg University is now a SARA-member institution. by participating in SARA, BU is able to operate in all other SARA states in some capacity. Currently, 47 states plus the District of Columbia are members of SARA. Please note that SARA does not cover professional licensure/certification issues (see below). Visit www.nc-sara.org for more information on SARA and to view the SARA map which identifies other participating states and districts.
California, Florida, and Massachusetts are currently not participating members of SARA; however, BU is still able to offer online education and field experiences in these states because we do not meet the criteria that would require authorization.
All states have their own requirements for degrees that lead to professional licensure/certification such as teacher preparation, nursing, counseling, and exercise science programs. State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) membership does not include reciprocity for these licensure/certification issues with other states. Bloomsburg University’s programs are designed to meet Pennsylvania licensure/certification requirements but do not assure compatibility with out-of-state licensure/certification requirements.
If you plan to seek professional licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania after completing a BU program, please check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.
Here are a few convenient CareerOneStop links to some of the more popular disciplines:
- Counseling Licensure Requirements by State
- Education Licensure Requirements by State
- Nursing Licensure Requirements by State
- Athletic Training Licensure Requirements by State
- Audiology Licensure Requirements by State
Continuing Initiatives for State Authorization Compliance
✔ Bloomsburg University has been approved as a SARA-member institution. Students in all other SARA states are now able to apply for BU’s online non-licensure courses and programs.
✔ Bloomsburg University continues to contact state regulators to determine state authorization requirements not covered by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
✔ Bloomsburg University is completing applications to be authorized where necessary to achieve authorization in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.
✔ Bloomsburg University is monitoring all non-Pennsylvania resident applications.
✔ Bloomsburg University is tracking current and prospective students’ academic programs as well as field experiences such as internships, practica, educational experiences, student teaching, and field trips.
Student Complaint Process
Bloomsburg University strives to provide the highest quality educational programs available but recognizes the importance of providing an opportunity for students to make an appeal if a conflict does arise. Our efforts are meant to resolve your grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. Please follow this academic grievance procedure:
1. Online students who have a grievance, complaint, or concern related to a particular Bloomsburg University online course** should first contact the faculty member to try to resolve the matter, in accordance with the procedures and policies outlined on the Bloomsburg University Policies and Procedures website. http://www.bloomu.edu/policies_procedures/3592
2. Students who are unable to resolve the issue through the faculty member, the department chair, and/or the dean may submit a complaint in writing via email to Mr. Tom Fletcher, Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management and Director of Distance Education at email@example.com.
**Please note that grievances, complaints, or concerns submitted via this process with regard to a particular course, program or department may be forwarded and discussed with the faculty member, department, or academic dean for resolution.
Online students who have a general grievance, complaint, or concern unrelated to a particular Bloomsburg University online course may also submit their concerns through the same process as described above.
3. Online students who have exhausted all efforts to satisfactorily resolve a complaint in a timely manner through Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s academic grievance procedure may file a complaint with Bloomsburg University’s state approval and licensing entities:
The Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education: The new System Procedure/Standard 2016-26, Student Complaint Process, has been finalized and is now posted on the PASSHE website, available for your use. A link to the Student Complaint Process and the Student Complaint Form are easily accessible at www.passhe.edu/studentcomplaints.
Pennsylvania Department of Education - http://www.education.pa.gov
Middle States Commission on Higher Education - http://www.msche.org
Students located outside of Pennsylvania while attending a Bloomsburg University online program may also choose to contact the appropriate higher education entity in their state of residence.
|Alabama||Alabama Commission on Higher Education
|Alaska||Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
|Arizona||Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
|Arkansas||Arkansas Department of Higher Education
|California||California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
|Colorado||Colorado Department of Higher Education
|Connecticut||State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education
|Delaware||The Delaware Department of Education
|District of Columbia||District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission
|Florida||Florida Department of Education
|Georgia||State of Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
|Hawaii||Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program
|Idaho||Idaho State Board of Education
|Illinois||Illinois Board of Higher Education
|Indiana||Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
|Iowa||Iowa College Student Aid Commission
|Kansas||The Kansas Board of Regents
|Kentucky||Commonwealth of Kentucky Attorney General|
|Louisiana||Louisiana Board of Regents
|Maine||State of Maine Department of Education
|Maryland||Maryland Higher Education Commission
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
|Michigan||Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
|Minnesota||Minnesota Office of Higher Education
|Mississippi||Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
|Missouri||Missouri Department of Higher Education
Call 573.526.1577 first
|Montana||Montana University System
|Nebraska||Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
|Nevada||Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
|New Hampshire||New Hampshire Department of Education
|New Jersey||State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
|New Mexico||New Mexico Higher Education Department
|New York||New York State Education Department – Office of College and University Evaluation
|North Carolina||University of North Carolina System
|North Dakota||North Dakota University System
|Ohio||Ohio Department of Higher Education
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
|Oregon||State of Oregon Private Postsecondary Education
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
|South Carolina||South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
|South Dakota||South Dakota Board of Regents
South Dakota Attorney General - http://atg.sd.gov/complaintform.aspx
|Tennessee||Tennessee Higher Education Commission
(615) 741-5293 or (615) 741-0662
|Texas||Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:|
Student must first exhaust institution’s grievance/complaint process. Complaints may be submitted online, by email, or by mailing documentation to THECB. See the following link for full details:
|Utah||Utah System of Higher Education - http://higheredutah.org/submitcomplaints/|
|Washington||Washington Student Achievement Council
|West Virginia||West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
|Wisconsin||State of Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board
State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
|Wyoming||Wyoming Department of Education
If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Mr. Tom Fletcher, Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management and Director of Distance Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or (570) 389-5161.