State Authorization Surveys

August 2011 State Authorization SAN-O Survey

In August 2011, SAN-O conducted the second in a series of surveys to gather data about Ohio’s IHEs and state authorization of distance education. The August 2011 State Authorization Survey Report of Results is posted in Attachments.

  • Administered electronically, the survey was open to respondents to answer for a period of twelve days, 08/01/11 – 08/12/11. In all, 55 Ohio IHEs were invited to participate and 26 institutions responded. The survey sought to acquire information about six broad categories: (1) Institutional Processes, (2) DE Student Enrollment, (3) Estimated Costs of Compliance, (4) Institutional Concerns, and (5) SAN-O Assistance. There were 12 survey questions.

May 2011 State Authorization SAN-O Survey

In May 2011, SAN-O conducted a survey with the objective to develop a better understanding of the current actions and intentions of Ohio’s IHEs as they work to comply with the regulations. It is the first in a series of surveys to gather data about Ohio’s IHEs and state authorization of distance education. The May 2011 State Authorization Survey Report of Results is posted in Attachments.

  • Administered electronically, the survey was open to respondents to answer for a period of seven days, 05/12/11 – 05/19/11. In all, 53 Ohio IHEs were invited to participate and 25 institutions responded—although one response was incomplete—and two separate entries were received from one institution, for a total of 26 survey respondents. The survey sought to acquire information about six broad categories: (1) Institutional Processes, (2) Distance Education Student Enrollment, (3) Institutional Agreements, (4) Estimated Costs of Compliance, (5) Institutional Concerns, and (6) SAN-O Assistance. There were 23 survey questions.

WCET & UPCEA State Authorization Surveys
  • On August 18, 2011, WCET SAN hosted a webcast with Jim Fong of the University Professional Continuing Education Association and Russ Poulin of WCET to discuss the results of the survey. The PowerPoint slides (in PDF and PPT format) and the webinar chat log are available below in Attachments.
    • Here is the response to a question posed near the end of the webcast, which the presenters were unable to get to during the allotted time:
      • Q: I have heard that some non-credit programs are also having to become authorized. Is that true and which states are those? The information currently coming out seems to target credit only.
      • A: For the federal regulation, if it returns, they are interested only in courses that involve federal financial aid.  They are not interested in assuring that non-credit courses have approval.
        For the states, as you have said, there are some states that require the approval of non-credit courses and programs.  The approving agency might be a completely different agncy, as well. In our ‘Starter List’ that WCET and friends created early this year, we did not systematically pay attention to whether non-credit courses required approval or not.  I’m not aware of a better list on this issue that currently exists.  The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems is conducting a survey of state regulations for the State Higher Education Executive Officers. Their survey asks about non-credit approval requirements and the results will be available this fall.
  • On August 18, 2011, UPCEA and WCET released a full report, an executive summary, and a press release of the results of their joint survey:  “What are Institutions Doing (or NOT Doing) about State Authorization?” The intent of the survey was to learn more about the progress institutions are making in meeting state regulations for serving students in other states. 
  • On August 18, 2011, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed published articles about the survey results:
  • On June 30, 2011, Russ Poulin of WCET announced the release of the survey in a blog post.
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