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State Authorizations

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the U.S. Department of Education instituted a mandate that educational institutions offering online courses or programs be "authorized" to do so by each state within which students enrolled in those courses or programs reside. McNeese State University has initiated its efforts to ensure compliance with this mandate. More information on the law's requirements and updates on its enactment is available on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's Web page, 2010 Federal Regulations on State Approval of Out-of-State Providers.

The following table provides the status by state of McNeese's efforts to seek authorization with accompanying documentation and comments, as appropriate, for each state. The status options presented below are defined as:

Authorized: Either approval or exemption from the need for approval has been granted from the state agency (or agencies) that governs state authorizations.

Authorized with Stipulation: Either approval or exemption from the need for approval has been granted from the state agency (or agencies) that governs state authorizations for some but not all programs. (Note: Details of the stipulations are noted in the COMMENTS column.)

Not Approved: No program is authorized in this state.

Pending: Authorization request has been initiated. (Note: Details regarding the status are noted in the COMMENTS column.)

Submitted: Either a letter of request or a state-required application for authorization has been submitted without a response.

Tabled: Authorization requirements have been explored and a decision whether to seek authorization is being considered.

Questions related to this matter should be directed to Dr. Dustin Hebert, Executive Director of Graduate Studies and Extended Education, at 337.475.5424 or dhebert@mcneese.edu.

STATE STATUS DOCUMENTATION COMMENTS
Summary of State Authorization Requests as of 1/31/2014
Alabama Pending Application being prepared.
Alaska Submitted Request submitted
Application submitted
Arizona Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Arkansas* Pending* Request submitted (ADHE)
Authorized Request submitted (ASBPCE)
Response received (ASBPCE)
California Pending Request submitted Application being prepared.
Colorado Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Connecticut Submitted Request submitted
Delaware Submitted Request submitted
Florida Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Georgia Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Hawaii Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Idaho Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Illinois Authorized Request submitted
Application submitted
Response received
Indiana Pending Request submitted
Follow-up request submitted
Iowa Submitted Request submitted
Kansas Authorized with Stipulation Request submitted
Response received
Additional approval required for targeted marketing of Kansas residents.
Kentucky Pending Request submitted Application being prepared.
Louisiana Authorized
Maine Submitted Request submitted
Maryland Not Approved At this time, Maryland authorization will not be sought.
Massachusetts Not Approved At this time, Massachusetts authorization will not be sought.
Michigan Submitted Request submitted
Minnesota Not Approved At this time, Minnesota authorization will not be sought.
Mississippi Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Missouri Submitted Request submitted
Follow-up response submitted
Montana Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Nebraska Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Nevada Authorized with Stipulation Request submitted
Application submitted
Response received
Additional approval required for targeted marketing of Nevada residents.
New Hampshire Authorized with Stipulation Request submitted
Response received
Programs with internship or clinical requirements require additional approval.
New Jersey Authorized Request submitted
Response received
New Mexico Authorized Request submitted
Response received
New York Authorized with Stipulation Request submitted
Response received
Programs with internship or clinical requirements require additional approval.
North Carolina Submitted Request submitted
North Dakota Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Ohio Authorized with Stipulation Request submitted
Response received
Programs with internship or clinical requirements require additional approval.
Oklahoma Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Per the Oklahoma response, this flow chart demonstrates McNeese's approval.
Oregon Submitted Request submitted
Pennsylvania Authorized Request submitted
Application submitted
Response received
Rhode Island Authorized with Stipulation Request submitted
Response received
Programs with internship or clinical requirements require additional approval.
South Carolina Authorized with Stipulation Request submitted
Response received
(1) Programs with internship or clinical requirements require additional approval. (2) Additional approval required for targeted marketing of South Carolina residents.
South Dakota Submitted Application submitted
Tennessee Submitted Request submitted
Texas Authorized Request submitted (TWC)
Response received (TWC)
Authorized with Stipulation Request submitted (THECB)
Response received (THECB)
Programs with internship or clinical requirements require additional approval.
Utah Tabled
Vermont Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Virginia Submitted Request submitted
Washington Submitted Application submitted
West Virginia Submitted Request submitted
Application submitted
Wisconsin Authorized Request submitted
Response received
Wyoming Pending Application being prepared.