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State Authorization

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.  By participating in SARA, institutions that are approved by their home states are permitted to offer online programs to residents of other SARA states without having to seek approval. 

The State of Ohio has been a member of NC-SARA since March 2015.  Case Western Reserve University was approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in NC-SARA on September 16, 2015.  In August 2017, Case Western Reserve University was renewed to continue participation.

As of February 1, 2018, there are 50 SARA members (48 states plus the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands).  To view the map of SARA members please [click here]

Case Western Reserve University is authorized to operate under the terms of SARA in the following states/territories:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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U.S. Virgin Islands


Case Western Reserve University is exempt in California, not subject to approval in Massachusetts, not authorized in Puerto Rico


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON A STATE, PLEASE CHOOSE BELOW:
As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Alabama.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Alaska.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Arizona.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Arkansas.


Licensure of distance education programs is not required by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).
The San Diego location of Case Western Reserve University's Case School of Engineering (CSE-SD) is exempt per the BPPE.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Colorado.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Connecticut.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Delaware.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in the District of Columbia.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Florida.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Georgia.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Hawaii.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Idaho.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Illinois.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Indiana.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Iowa.


 
As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Kansas.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Kentucky.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Louisiana.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Maine.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Maryland.


Under current policy, Massachusetts does not regulate institutions that are purely online or engage in experiential learning (i.e., externships, practica, clinical).
  • Massachusetts is in the process of reviewing its existing regulations and possible membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

 

 

As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Michigan.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Minnesota.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Mississippi.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Missouri.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Montana.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Nebraska.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Nevada.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in New Hampshire.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in New Jersey.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in New Mexico.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in New York.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in North Carolina.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in North Dakota.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Ohio.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Oklahoma.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Oregon.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Pennsylvania.


Case Western Reserve University is currently not authorized in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  The status is subject to change - please check back for updates.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Rhode Island.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in South Carolina.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in South Dakota.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Tennessee.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Texas.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in the US Virgin Islands.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Utah.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Vermont.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Virginia.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Washington.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in West Virginia.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Wisconsin.


As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in Wyoming.



Higher education institutions delivering courses by distance education are required to provide the contact information for official entities or agencies within each state designated to handle complaint resolution.  States are required by the US Department of Education (34 CFR 668.43(b)) to have a complaint process available to any enrolled or prospective student.

Internal Resolution
Distance education students of Case Western Reserve University are encouraged to first attempt internal resolution by following the University’s Academic Grievance Procedure. Case Western Reserve University’s Academic Grievance Procedure (also referred to as Academic Grievance Policy) is outlined in the Case Bulletin (http://bulletin.case.edu/).  See “Academic Policies” under the School of Graduate Studies and “Academic Policies and Procedures” under the Office of Undergraduate Studies.  Students may also find the process outlined on the websites of both offices. For further assistance/questions concerning the University’s academic grievance procedure please contact the School of Graduate Studies (216.368.4390) or the Office of Undergraduate Studies (216.368.2928).

External Resolution
In the event a resolution cannot be achieved internally via the University’s Academic Grievance Procedure, students have the right to contact the appropriate external agency.  Determining which agency to contact depends on whether the student resides in a SARA member state or a non-SARA state.

Please refer to the summaries below to determine which option to follow for Grievance Resolution.

For Students Residing in SARA States:
  • First attempt internal resolution by following the University’s Academic Grievance Procedure
  • If the issue cannot be resolved via the University’s internal process, the student has the right to appeal (within two years of the incident) to the SARA Portal Entity of the University’s home state (Ohio).
  • The University’s home state Portal Entity will notify the Portal Entity where the student is located of receipt of the appeal.


For Students Residing in non-SARA States:
  • First attempt internal resolution by following the University’s Academic Grievance Procedure
  • If the issue cannot be resolved via the University’s internal process, the student has the right to appeal to the appropriate agency within their residence state

  • To obtain the Agency Contact information, please refer to the Agency Contact information (in the blue-shaded area) of each state’s section listed above.
SARA Portal Entities do not resolve complaints about:
  • student grades
  • student conduct violation

These complaints fall under the jurisdiction of institutional
policy and the laws of an institution’s home state.

 

For a graphic of the SARA Student Complaint Process click here

Disclaimer: The University does not represent or guarantee that programs which fulfill the State of Ohio's license requirements will fulfill the requirements set by professional licensure boards in other US states and territories.

Programs with experiential learning which lead to licensure (e.g., social work, nursing) are required to abide by states' licensing requirements. This includes the licensing requirements of states participating in NC-SARA.

Distance education students who are considering a program of study that may lead to professional licensure should consult the licensing agency or board in their residence state prior to beginning a course of study to determine whether the program will meet the licensure requirements of their state.




Accreditation

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Cleveland, Ohio.  CWRU is authorized by the State of Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly Ohio Board of Regents) and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

 

The Jack Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).