State Authorization Learning Community

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association Learning Community Project is designed to help nine state teams evaluate and strengthen their authorization processes to protect students better and improve quality in higher education. This multifaceted project builds on the recommendations provided in a recent SHEEO white paper and provides a forum for states to work on solutions to common issues with state authorization.

With support from Lumina Foundation, the following nine state agencies will work with SHEEO over the next 18 months to elevate state authorization as a core quality assurance and student protection function.

  • Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
  • Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Iowa College Student Aid Commission
  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
  • Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
  • Washington Student Achievement Council

Through webinars, site visits, in-person convenings, blog posts, and peer learning, states will address common challenges, such as assessing the financial health of institutions, improving consumer protections, managing school closures, building agency capacity, and developing digital application and renewal platforms.

David Tandberg, vice president of policy research and strategic initiatives
Dustin Weeden, senior policy analyst