Federal Register July 25, 2016, Vol. 81 No. 142 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.
Updated Sept. 30, 2016
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:
US Virgin Islands
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
As of Sept. 30, 2016, Northern State University distance education programs have not previous, current, or pending adverse actions taken by state or 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) education requirements
§668.50(c) NSU DE Programs that do not meet other State PLC requirements
§668.50(c)(1)(i) Adverse Actions 30 day notification
§668.50(c)(1)(ii) NSU DE Program no longer meets other State PLC requirements
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.