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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Disclosures


State Authorization Disclaimers

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s new regulation (34 C.F.R. § 600.9) regarding legal authorization to provide postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education in a state in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, Kansas State University makes the following disclaimers per authorization by each state regulatory agency. 

Students seeking to enroll in a Kansas State University distance education program residing outside the state of Kansas, but within the United States, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories (excludes International locations), should check the University’s authorization status below or contact the K-State Global Campus at global@k-state.edu or (785) 532-5575 or toll free at 1-800-622-2578. We will continue to serve out-of-state students while working with individual state authorization agencies to meet institutional authorization requirements; unless otherwise indicated.  Links to each state’s regulatory agency(ies) is also included. 

On February 9, 2015, Kansas State University became an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative. With this membership, Kansas State University programs are automatically available to students who reside in participating states. Participating states are marked below with an asterisk (*) and indicate when the state was approved as a SARA participant.

These statements do not apply to students enrolled at one of K-State’s physical campuses (Manhattan, Salina, Olathe, or other approved locations).

Alabama (2 agencies)

            Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning—Approved for BS in Dietetics, MS in Academic Advising, Civil Engineering, and Family Studies and Human Services on September 29, 2014.

            Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, Office of Private School Licensing Division—exemption approved on June 26, 2014.

*Alaska

            Alaska has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 5-13-2014.

*Arizona

            Arizona has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 11-11-2014.

*Arkansas (2 agencies)

            Arkansas has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 6-29-2015.

California

            As an out-of-state public institution, Kansas State University is exempt from the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009, Section 94858, of the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, which only requires private postsecondary educational institutions to obtain state approval prior to operating. [November 10, 2011] In addition, California does not regulate programs that are 100% online, unless they are physically located in the state.

*Colorado

            Colorado has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 5-13-2014.

Connecticut

            Kansas State University is exempt from the Connecticut Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education due to the fact that their authority only reaches to institutions with a physical presence in Connecticut (Section 10a-34-24 of the Connecticut Regulations for Licensure and Accreditation of Institutions and Programs of Higher Education). [October 24, 2011]         

Delaware

            Due to the fact that the Delaware Department of Education only requires approval of institutions in the state of Delaware, Kansas State University is exempt from their jurisdiction. However, notification should be made if a student is receiving federal financial aid. [November 1, 2011]

District of Columbia

             Kansas State University is not required to apply for licensure at this time.

Florida

            As long as Kansas State University continues to only offer distance learning education (online and correspondence courses), we are exempt from The Florida Commission for Independent Education. [[October 19, 2011]

Georgia

            The Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) has determined that Kansas State University is exempt from requiring authorization since it does not meet any of the stipulations for “physical presence” in the state of Georgia (http://gnpec.org/applications/federal-online-compliance/). This exemption extends for a period of one year and must be renewed each year. Georgia is currently moving toward joining the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) in the near future.

           Georgia students should follow the Complaint Process posted on the NPEC website.

Hawaii

            Hawaii does not require authorization for “schools and programs that offer courses of instruction exclusively through online and distance education. Therefore, Kansas State University is exempt from the State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection. [October 18, 2011] Hawaii has passed legislation to approve the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

*Idaho

                Idaho has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 5-13-2014.

Illinois

                Illinois Board of Higher Education—Illinois exempts institutions that are accredited by a regional accreditor recognized by the federal Department of Education and do not maintain a physical presence in the state of Illinois. Kansas State University’s programs do not trigger their definition of physical presence. Online application for exemption form was submitted in 2014. Illinois has passed legislation to approve the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

*Indiana

            Indiana has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 2-21-2014.

*Iowa

            Iowa has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 6-1-2015.

Kentucky (2 agencies)

            Kansas State University does not meet the physical presence definition as defined by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education per 13 KAR 1:020 Section 1(8)(b); therefore, we are exempt from their regulations.  [February 2013]

            Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education (formerly Kentucky State Board for Proprietary Education) does not regulate public 4-year institutions.  [October 2011]

*Louisiana

            Louisiana has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement on 10-17-2014.

Maine

            Kansas State University is exempt from the State of Maine Department of Education as it does not have a physical presence within the boundaries of the State of Maine. [November 7, 2011]        

Maryland

            Maryland Higher Education Commission - Kansas State is now registered to offer all fully online programs to citizens in the state of Maryland through June 30, 2016.

Massachusetts

            Under the previous guidelines of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Kansas State University programs do not trigger the definition of physical presence in that state. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education is currently undertaking the process of updating its regulations regarding degree granting authority specific to out-of-state institutions enrolling Massachusetts residents in online/hybrid programs and courses at this time. The new regulations are anticipated to be available by July 1, 2015.

Please note that any institution headquartered in Massachusetts regardless of its intent to enroll Massachusetts residents or method of course delivery is subject to approval.

Michigan

            The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs does not require public universities to seek approval or licensure to offer distance education, operate, advertise, recruit or employ faculty within the state.  [January 25, 2012]

*Minnesota

            Minnesota has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 1-26-2015.

Mississippi (2 agencies)

           The Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation—does not regulate academic degree-granting institutions that are not domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in Mississippi that offer academic courses and/or programs solely online.  MCCA authorization is not required at this time.  [March 2012]

            Kansas State University is exempt from the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration because it does not regulate public, out-of-state degree granting institutions. [June 2012]

*Missouri

            The states of Kansas and Missouri have a reciprocal agreement such that each state is exempt from applying for authorization in the other.

*Montana

            Montana has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 8-13-2014.

*Nebraska

            Nebraska has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 8-09-2014.

*Nevada

            Nevada has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 5-14-2014.

*New Hampshire

            New Hampshire has approved and joined the State Authorization Receiprocity Agreement (SARA) on 12-15-2014.

New Jersey (2 agencies)

            New Jersey Commission on Higher Education—New Jersey uses a “physical presence” standard to determine if an out-of-state higher education institution requires licensure by New Jersey. When an out-of-State institution offers New Jersey residents no other programs except for distance education programs with no physical presence in the State, then licensure is not required. Kansas State University programs do not trigger the definition of physical presence, thus licensure is not required.

*New Mexico

            New Mexico has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 5-12-2015.

New York (2 agencies)

            Kansas State University is exempt from the New York State Education Department as we do not have physical presence in the state of New York. [November 9, 2011]    

            Kansas State University is exempt from the New York State Education Department, Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision as we do not fall under their authority as a public, out-of-state degree granting institution. [November 2011]

North Carolina (2 agencies)

            The University of North Carolina Board of Governors—working towards authorization.

            North Carolina Community College System, Office of Proprietary School Services—working towards authorization.

*North Dakota

           North Dakota has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 4-3-2014.

*Ohio (2 agencies)

            Ohio has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 3-2-2015.

*Oklahoma (3 agencies)

            Oklahoma has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 6-29-2015.

*Oregon (2 agencies)

            Oregon has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 11-11-2014.

Pennsylvania

            Pennsylvania Department of Education—Kansas State University has renewed its approval to offer all distance programs to residents in the state of Pennsylvania. The authorization isvalid through June 30, 2016.

Rhode Island

            Kansas State University is exempt from the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education due to the fact that we have no physical presence in Rhode Island. [October 26, 2011]

South Carolina

            South Carolina Commission on Higher Education—working towards authorization.

*South Dakota

            South Dakota has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 11-11-2014.

*Tennessee

            Tennessee has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 6-29-2015.

Texas (2 agencies)

           Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board—Kansas State University is exempt from applying for authorization in Texas as all of our programs are 100% distance, and we are a public accredited institution. We are required to pay $200 to register two recruiters ($100 each) who are located in Texas. These registrations were effective September 20, 2013 and remain in effect until September 20, 2018.

         Pursuant to the requirements of the Texas Workforce Commission, the following verbatim disclosure is made: Kansas State University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code; Kansas State University, and its degree programs, are regulated by the Kansas Board of Regents; and Kansas State University’s Notification of the Student Complaint Process in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, 34 C.F.R. Part 600.9 may be viewed here. [November 1, 2011]

Utah

            Pursuant to the requirements of the State of Utah Department of Commerce: Kansas State University has met the requirement of Utah Code Ann. §13-34-107.5 to be an exempt institution by the Utah Division of Consumer Protection required under 34 C.F.R 600.9 to be legally authorized by the state of Utah. Utah has passed legislation to approve the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

*Vermont

            Vermont has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 5-12-2015.

*Virginia

            Virginia has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 10-17-2014.

*Washington

            Washington has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 5-13-2014.

*West Virginia

            West Virginia has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 10-17-2014..

Wisconsin

            Kansas State University is exempt from the State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board as it is supported by taxes. This is in accordance with s.38.50(1)(e)2. Wis. Stats. [October 20, 2011]

*Wyoming

            Wyoming has approved and joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on 5-12-2015.

For a full list of statements and disclosures at K-State, please refer to the statements and disclosures page.