Institutional Accreditation Authorization/Recognition Process
Institutions that will establish a physical presence must seek authorization and recognition to operate in Oklahoma and must have accreditation status that details what the institution is authorized to offer as approved by one of the following three agencies:
1. A regional accrediting agency;
2. A national accrediting agency authorized to approve degree programs by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV purposes; and
3. Accreditation status with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (see attached policy).
Those out-of-state institutions nationally or regionally accredited not establishing a physical presence, but offer courses and/or programs in Oklahoma via electronic media are expected to adhere to the same high standards of program delivery described in the State Regents’ Electronically Delivered and Traditional Off-Campus Courses and Programs Policy as Oklahoma institutions subscribe. Institutions that offer courses and/or programs completely online, with no physical presence in Oklahoma, may not fall under the jurisdiction of this policy. To determine the extent of an institution’s physical presence for courses and/ or programs delivered exclusively online, the institution will describe any physical presence of its operations (i.e. internships, externships, clinicals, practica, etc.), administrators, students, or faculty.
The following applies to those institutions determined to have a physical presence in Oklahoma. If an institution is approved to offer degree programs by a regional or national accrediting body, that institution must seek authorization from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as outlined below:
1. The institution’s president or director must write a formal request to offer program(s) to:
Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
P.O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-8850
2. The letter of request must include the following information and materials:
a. A letter from the institution’s accrediting agency stipulating what program(s) has/have been approved;
b. The number of credit or clock hours that will be awarded;
c. All student costs/fees related to the program(s);
d. An accrediting agency review cycle/dates for the institution and programs requested;
e. A copy of the institution’s last evaluation report and any subsequent action by the accrediting body of record;
f. The start date for the program(s);
g. The location and contact person for the Oklahoma location;
h. Catalogs, recruiting materials, brochures, web site information, etc.; and
i. Additional materials upon request.
For institutions with a physical presence, subsequent program(s) approved by the accrediting agency after initial State Regents recognition must be submitted in the same manner. Changes in accreditation status must be reported immediately by both the accrediting agency and the institution.
Once this information is received and reviewed by the State Regents, an appropriate response will be sent to the president or director.