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Distance Education State by State Authorizations

All colleges and universities must obtain authorization from each state to offer online or web-based classes to students who live in that state. The chart below indicates the current states in which Georgia Highlands College (GHC) is authorized. Please check back often, as the chart will be updated on a regular basis.

Students: if you are a current GHC student who lives or has moved to a state other than Georgia or a student living in another state wishing to take online or web-based classes at GHC, please consult this list of states. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact Jeff Linek, the Director of eLearning for Academics at 678-872-8065 or jlinek@highlands.edu for more information.

State Initial Action Initial Response Notes
Alabama Completed 2 of the 3 applications; waiting on #2 to complete #3   Holding application to complete with Fall 2014 data
Alaska Received letter requesting new form be completed; completed form and returned it to state Exemption Granted Must recertify prior to February 24, 2016
Arizona Sent Email; sent follow-up email Received reply; compliant No authorization required if no physical presence
Arkansas Must enter online courses and programs on the Electronic Campus Entered Fall 2014 online courses into SREB; compliant Must enter all online courses and programs into online database; entered Fall 2014 online courses and BSN; must reenter each year
California Sent Email Received reply; not required to seek approval Public institutions are not required to seek approval to operate
Colorado Sent Email Received reply; exempt; no physical presence  
Connecticut Sent Email Received Email; Letter from 02/2012 still in effect No reg required if no changes fron 02/2012
Delaware Sent Email Received response No authorization required if no internship, practicum, etc.
Florida Sent Email   Resent email to follow up
Georgia Compliant    
Hawaii Sent Email No Authorization Agencies in Hawaii per SHEEO Contact Listing (updated April 2014)  
Idaho Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No annual recerification required unless circumstances change; no physical presence
Illinois Sent Email Received reply; letter from 2012 still stands If no changes at GHC, there are no requirements to recertify yearly
Indiana     Due to charging fees and the lack of enrollment from this state, GHC has decided not to allow students from IN to register for online courses.
Iowa Sent Email Received "no triggers" reply; and compliance email Faculty is a trigger
Kansas Completed questionnaire online Received email and response through the online system.  Reappy via questionnaire in two years (June 2015)
Kentucky Sent Email Received Email; requested letter; emailed letter No reg required if no physical presences
Louisiana Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no physical presence and no clinical or practicum
Maine Sent Email Received reply; compliant No registration required if no physical presence
Maryland Sent Email Received form; completed form that we have 0 MD students Due to the fee (5x the tuition and fees of a MD student), we will not enroll any MD students in online programs
Massachusetts Sent Email Received email requesting additional info; sent info;  granted exemption due to no physical presence No reg required if no physical presence and no advertising
Michigan Sent Email Received reply Public institutions are not required to seek approval to operate
Minnesota     Due to charging fees and the lack of enrollment from this state, GHC has decided not to allow students from MN to register for online courses.
Mississippi Sent Email Received reply; letter from 2012 still stands In compliance
Missouri Sent Email   Due to charging fees and the lack of enrollment from this state, GHC has decided not to allow students from MN to register for online courses.
Montana Sent Email and SACS Info Received Email; Authorized Authorization good as long as GHC maintains accreditation
Nebraska Sent Email Received Email; letters from 2012 and 2013 still stand In compliance
Nevada Mailed Letter and Form Received exemption confirmation  
New Hampshire Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no physical presence and no clinical or practicum; cannot have faculty in NH
New Jersey Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No physical presence
New Mexico Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No physical presence
New York Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no physical presence
North Carolina Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no physical presence
North Dakota Electronically Submited Form; waiting on Reply    
Ohio Sent Email Received Reply; as long as 100% of program is online we are exempt No reg required if no physical presence (PP=internship, clinicals, etc.)
Oklahoma Sent Email Received Email; Compliant  
Oregon Mailed Letter and Form Received Reply Requesting Additional Information and $250 Due to charging of fees and the lack of enrollment from this state, GHC has decided not to allow students from OR to register for online courses.
Pennsylvania Sent Email, Form, and SACS Information Received Reply Requesting Additional Information Must enter all online courses and programs into online database; entered Fall 2014 online courses and BSN; must reenter each year (due again July 1, 2015)
Rhode Island Sent Email Received Reply with RI Regulations; In Compliance No reg required if no physical presence
South Carolina Sent Email Received Email; Compliant No reg required if no physical presence and no "operating or soliciting"
South Dakota Sent Email Received Email requesting application be submitted Submitted application; received Certificate of Authorization
Tennessee Sent Email Received Reply with TN Regulations; In  Compliance No reg required if no physical presence and no recruitment
Texas Sent Email Received Reply; In Compliance No physical presence and accredited by SACS; exempt
Utah Utah website shows GHC as exempt Compliant Reg from Fall 2012 is still in effect
Vermont Sent Email   Resent email to follow up
Virginia Sent Email Received Reply with VA Regulations; In Compliance No reg required if no physical presence
Washington Info Unchanged Received email response that letter from 2/2012 was still good. No need to re-register unless we change our offerings
West Virginia Info Unchanged Letter from 2012 still stands Exemption remains unless answers on the form change
Wisconsin Sent Email Received Reply; letter from 2012 still stands; Compliant Do not need to contact annually
Wyoming Completed application; requested check for $500 Waiting on check to mail along with application 1 WY student currently attending F2F courses; paying fee for this year
District of Columbia Sent Email Received Letter; letter from 2013 still stands They will let us know if or when we need to apply
       
Red Needs Attention   Updated 5/14/14
Yellow In Progress (Waiting for Response)    
Green Compliant    
       
Purple Unique Scenario or Special Note    
       

 

Page last updated: August 4, 2014