Federal Register Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, Vol. 81 No. 243 34 CFR Parts 600 and 668 Program Integrity and Improvement; Proposed Rules outlines new rules requiring educational institutions to disclose specific information related to distance education and correspondence programs.
§668.50 Institutional Disclosures for Distance or Correspondence Programs (DE) requires institutions provide ten (10) disclosures; seven (7) general disclosures for the public and three (3) individualized disclosures to prospective and enrolled students.
§668.50(b)(1) State Authorization
Northern State University is committed to complying with other states' authorization regulations. The interactive map below identifies NSU authorization status for each individual state or U.S. Territory.
Map is continuously updated.
Color Code Key
Green Northern has received specific authorization from applicable state agency or NSU is exempt from seeking specific authorization.
California Exempt per California 94858, confirmed 09282016
Red Northern does not have authorization or has chosen not to seek authorization to offer online degree programs in the specified states or U.S. territories:
Federated States of Micronesia
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Republic of Palau
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
§668.50(b)(2) Complaint Processes
Northern provides an opportunity for enrolled students and the public in general to submit non-academic complaints. The policy, process, and procedures for submitting complaints is outlined in the Non-Academic Complaint Policy. Individual complaints can be submitted electronically using the Non-Academic Complaint Form.
The policy and procedures for complaints/grievances related to Academics are outlined in the NSU Student Handbook.
§668.50(b)(3) State Complaint Processes and Contacts
Individual may also submit complaints to the South Dakota Board of Regents the NC-SARA portal agency at 306 East Capitol Ave, Suite 200, Pierre, SD 57501; phone 605-773-3455; email email@example.com or the appropriate state agency for the individual resident state. The interactive map above provides specific contact information for each state. The contact information for each state is subject to change.
§668.50(b)(4) & §668.50(b)(5) Adverse Actions Initiated by a State Agency
As of April 17, 2017, Northern State University distance education programs have no previous, current, or pending adverse actions initiated by any state agencies.
§668.50(b)(5) Adverse Actions initiated by an Accrediting Agency
As of April 17, 2017, Northern State University distance education programs have no previous, current, or pending adverse actions initiated by any accrediting agencies.
§668.50(b)(6) Refund Policies
Northern State University follows the refund policy published by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
§668.50(b)(7) Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) pre-education requirements
The curriculum for a number of degree programs at Northern State University have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in South Dakota, and prepare students to sit for licensure exams in South Dakota. The various licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state and distance students with intent of returning or moving to any state other than South Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of South Dakota can find information pertaining to the licensure requirements in their state at the following location: www.BORInstitution/licensure
. You are encourage to engage with an academic advisor prior to beginning any online SARA Licensure Notification Requirement academic program that would lead to licensure, in order to best understand the licensure program in your intended state of residence.
§668.50(c)(1)(i) Prior to prospective student enrollment – determination of student home state PLC pre-education requirements.
§668.50(c)(1)(ii)(A) Each enrolled and prospective student - Adverse Actions initiated by a state or accrediting agency – 30-day notification
§668.50(c)(1)(ii)(B) Each enrolled and prospective student – Program ceases to meet PLC pre-education requirements – 14-day notification
Individual Disclosure Acknowledgement
§668.50(c)(2) “For a prospective student who received disclosure under paragraph (c)(1)(i) of this sections and who subsequently enrolls in the program, the institution must receive acknowledgement from that student that the student received the disclosure and be able to demonstrate it received the student’s acknowledgement.”
Northern State University has been approved by South Dakota to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.