State Authorization Resources

SHEEO has compiled a list of resources related to state authorization. Resources are categorized by type and listed in alphabetical order.

Partner Organizations

Davis, V., Dowd, C., Poulin, R., & Silverman, D. (2020). Pursuing Regulatory Compliance for Digital Instruction in Response to COVID-19: Policy Playbook. WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies.

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (2020). Closed or Merged Institutions: Guidance and Best Practices Pertaining to Student Education Records.

Hall, S., Curtis, R., & Wofford, C. (2020) What States Can Do to Protect Students from Predatory For-Profit Colleges. The Century Foundation.

Arnold, N., Voight, M., Morales, J., & Coleman, A. (2019). Informing improvement: Recommendations for enhancing accreditor data-use to promote student success and equity. Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Children’s Advocacy Institute (2018). Failing U: Do state laws protect our veterans and other students from for-profit postsecondary predators?

Coleman, A. L., Taylor, T. E., Little, B. M., and Lipper, K. E. (2015). Getting our house in order: Transforming the federal regulation of higher education as America prepares for the challenges of tomorrow. EducationCounsel.

Colston, J., Fowler, G., Laitinen, A., McCann, C. Studley, J., Tandberg, D., & Weeden, D. (2020). Anticipating and managing precipitous college closures. New America.

Columbus, R. (2016). Report and disclose: State oversight of institutional performance in higher education. American Enterprise Institute.

Contreras, A.L., Thompson, S.J., Poulin, R., & Dowd, C. (2017). State authorization of colleges and universities: A handbook for institutions and agencies. WICHE Cooperativefor Educational Technologies.

Harnisch, T., Nassirian, B., Saddler, A., & Coleman, A. (2016). Enhancing state authorization: The need for action by states as stewards of higher education performance. State-federal partnerships in postsecondary education. Education Commissionof the States.

Kelly, A.P., James, K.J., & Columbus, R. (2015). Inputs, outcomes, quality assurance: A closer look at state oversight of higher education. American Enterprise Institute.

Loonin, D., & McLaughlin, J. (2011). State inaction: Gaps in state oversight of for-profit higher education. National Consumer Law Center.

New America, (n.d.) State Authorization for Online Programs.

Perry, A. & Cochrane, D. (2018). Going the distance: Consumer protection for students who attend college online. The Institute for College Access & Success.

Public Advocates (2018). Why SARA is a bad deal for California’s online college students.

Shireman, R. & Mattes, M. (2018). Comments of The Century Foundation’s senior fellow Robert Shireman and policy associate Margaret Mattes regarding the authorization of New York’s postsecondary institutions to participate in the state authorization reciprocity agreement and the approval of out-of-state postsecondary institutions for distance learning. The Century Foundation.