State Authorizations

In compliance with existing state laws regarding distance education, Andrews University may only offer online programs and courses to students in states in which Andrews University has been granted authorization or is exempt from authorization. While it is Andrews University's goal to offer online programs in all states, seeking authorization or exemption is an on-going process.

Andrews University has been approved by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).  NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. It facilitates the ability to offer postsecondary distance education courses and programs by establishing comparable national standards.  By participating in NC-SARA, Andrews University is able to offer online courses to a greater number of students in other states more efficiently and cost effectively.

 

NOTE: Distance education laws vary from state to state.  Please note that Andrews University is not currently permitted to conduct all activities in certain states.  

  • Andrews University is currently allowed to offer 100% online programs in All States through exemption and operating in a host state under the terms and provisions of SARA.
  • Andrews is currently allowed to offer placements (internships/externships/field experiences/clinical practicums/ student teaching) and local exam proctoring in All States through exemption and operating in a host state under the terms and provisions of SARA.

Certain programs offered by Andrews University take place in states other than Michigan for which additional authorization or exemption from authorization is required:

California
For student complaints see the following:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
916-431-6924  
FAX: 916-263-1897
http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml

Florida
For student complaints see the following:

Commission for Independent Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL. 32399-0400
cieinfo@fldoe.org 
Fax: 850-245-3238
http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/file-a-complaint.stml
Follow instructions for “Nonpublic Postsecondary Institutions” near the bottom of the page.

Maine
For student complaints see the following:

Maine Department of Higher Education
Angel Martinez Loredo
Higher Education Specialist
Maine Department of Education
Augusta, Maine 04333
207-624-6846
angel.loredo@maine.gov
http://www.maine.gov/doe/highered/sara/index.html

Maryland
For student complaints see the following:

Maryland Higher Education Commission
Academic Affairs – Student Complaints
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21207
acadprop@mhec.state.md.us
http://mhec.maryland.gov/institutions_training/Documents/acadaff/MHECStudentComplaintForms.pdf


Nebraska
For student complaints see the following:

Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Kathleen Fimple
Academic Programs Officer
Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
402-471‐0030   
kathleen.fimple@nebraska.gov
https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/student-complaints-against-postsecondary-institutions

Texas
Andrews University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. For student complaints see the following:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
College Readiness and Success Division
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, Texas 78711-2788
Studentcomplaints@thecb.state.tx.us
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=AC6FA0BC-F5DB-16DE-6B667C083DFB5B98

Washington
Andrews University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Andrews University to offer specific degree programs The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by e-mail at degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov. For student complaints see the following:

Washington Student Achievement Council
Tivoli Sharp
Program Administrator
Washington Student Achievement Council
P.O. Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
360-753-7869
tivolis@wsac.wa.gov
http://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints

Andrews University wants students to have a positive experience in online education, but recognizes that problems, grievances, and concerns may arise.  Andrews University is is required to provide the following information providing the following information for students with unresolved complaints relating to distance education, in compliance with 34 CFR 600.9 and 34 CFR 668.43:

Student with complaints should first go through the Andrews University Student Complaint process. However, if the situation is not resolved, please see the following directions.

For students who are in distance education programs in states that are part of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), student complaints should be directed to Michigan’s portal agency:

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI  48909
517-241-7000
Click here for Complaint Info & Form.
*Note that there are some complaints that the portal agency does not address. Further SARA Complaint information can be found at nc-sara.org/content/sara-and-students.

Students with unresolved complaints may also contact the Higher Learning Commission (https://www.hlcommission.org/Student-Resources/complaints.html).

View all States complaint contact information.