Responses Last Confirmed:

Connecticut Office of Higher Eduction

Agency Contact

Sean Seepersad
(860) 947-1837
sean.seepersad@ct.gov

Additional Contact

Emily Bjornberg
(860) 947-1824

Secretary of State Contact

Denise Merrill
860-509-6200
denise.merrill@ct.gov
Topic:

Types of Educational Providers Authorized

2A1.
Institution Types Authorized – Indicate the types of institutions that your agency authorizes. Please provide a short explanation of any ambiguity in the comment section below

____      Public, in-state degree granting institutions

__X__    Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions                

__X__    Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions

__X__    Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  

__X__    Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

__X__    Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

____      Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions

__X__    Non-degree, not-for profit institutions

__X__    Non-degree, for-profit institutions

__X__      Religious institutions

____      Tribally-controlled institutions

_____    Federal Institutions

_____    Municipal institutions

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2B1.
Is accreditation required for an institution to be authorized in your state? Yes or No.

Yes

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2B3.
If yes, what type of accreditation is required? Please, check all that apply as appropriate.


Regional Accreditation Required for:

__X_    Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions  (w/ physical presence)              

____      Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions

__X_      Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  

____      Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

__X_    Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions

____      Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions

____      Non-degree, not-for profit institutions

____      Non-degree, for-profit institutions

____      Religious institutions

____      Tribally-controlled institutions

_____    Federal Institutions

National Accreditation Required for:
__X_ Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions
____ Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions
__X_ Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions
____ Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions
__X_ Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions
____ Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions
____ Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions
____ Non-degree, not-for profit institutions
____ Non-degree, for-profit institutions
____ Religious institutions
____ Tribally-controlled institutions
____ Federal Institutions
____ Municipal institutions
 

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

Out of state institutions need to be regionally or nationally accredited. In-state institutions need at a minimum to be state accredited to grant degrees.

2C1.
Does your agency authorize specific academic programs offered by institutions, only institutions themselves, or both?

No response provided

____ Institution   _____ Program   __X___ Both

2C2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2D1.
Does your state require a Surety Bond for authorized out-of-state institutions? Yes or No.

No

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2E1.
Does your state have a Tuition Refund Policy Requirement? If so, for which types of institutions?

Yes, for postsecondary occupational schools/private, non-degree institutions

Topic:

Exemptions

3A1.
Are certain institutions or programs exempt by law or policy from your state authorization requirements? If so, for which types of institutions? Which types of programs? Please provide web link.

Yes. See http://www.ctohe.org/Postsecondary/LandA.shtml under exemptions for more details..

Topic:

Authorization of Distance Education

4A1.
Does your agency require purely online programs offered by out-of-state institutions to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No.

Yes

4A2.
If not, does your agency determine whether an institution must be authorized based on a physical presence (“operating”) standard? Yes or No.

No response provided

4B1.
Does your agency require correspondence study programs to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No

Yes

4B2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Physical Presence Policy - Common Triggers

5A1.
If your agency uses a physical presence standard, how does your agency define physical presence? If available, please provide a link to that policy or a citation to the relevant regulation giving that standard.

No response provided

5A2.
URL for physical presence definition

No response provided

5A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Application Process

6A1.
Description – Please provide a short description of the application process to obtain state authorization. If available, please provide web links to the specific references to all applicable state laws, regulations, manuals, forms, or other pertinent docu

No response provided

6A2.
URL for application

Applications for postsecondary institutions with a physical presence: http://www.ctohe.org/Postsecondary/APRA.shtml

Applications for non-SARA out-of-state, online institutions (no physical presence): http://www.ctohe.org/Postsecondary/OutOfStateRegistration.shtml

 

6A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Fees Associated with Authorization

7A1.
Application Fee – Is there an application fee to initiate the authorization process? If so, what is the fee or fee schedule? Please provide a web link if available.

There are no application fees associated with institutions of higher education with a physical presence. There are application fees associated with non-degree, occupational schools and for non-SARA out-of-state online institutions.

7A2.
URL for Fee Information

See 6A2

7A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Reporting

8A1.
What kinds of information or data must an institution report to your agency as a condition for continued out-of-state authorization?

Institutions are required to register with the state on a yearly basis.

8A2.
URL for reporting

No response provided

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

No response provided

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

No response provided

8A5.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - Non-SARA Participating Institutions

9A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about out-of-state postsecondary institutions or programs?

No response provided

9A2.
URL for the complaint form
9A3.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

OHE handles students complaints for out-of-state, non-SARA institutions.

9A4.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

9B1.
Does this complaint process extend to institutions not authorized by the agency that may enroll residents of the state (such as explicitly distance education programs with no physical presence or exempt institutions)?

Yes.

9B2.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name Emily Bjornberg
  • Title Senior Consultant, Academic Affairs
  • Agency Connecticut Office of Higher Education
  • Address 450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 707, Hartford, CT 06103
  • Email emily.bjornberg@ct.gov
  • Phone (860) 947-1824
9B3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - SARA Participating Institutions

10A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about SARA participating Institutions.
10A2.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

For SARA institutions it is handled by OHE.

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions
10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name Emily Bjornberg
  • Title Senior Consultant, Academic Affairs
  • Agency Connecticut Office of Higher Education
  • Address 450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 707, Hartford, CT 06103
  • Email emily.bjornberg@ct.gov
  • Phone (860) 947-1824
10A5.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Enforcement

11A1.
If your agency has written descriptions of the possible consequence of institutional non-compliance, please provide it (or provide a web link).

No response provided

Topic:

Records Retention

12A1.
When a school closes, what is the process your state uses to ensure that transcripts/records are kept available?

Institutions of higher education would consult without agency before closing the school to ensure students have access to transcripts. For postsecondary occupational schools, the agency keeps the transcripts/records if they school opts not to do so.

12B1.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?
  • Agency Name: Connecticut Office of Higher Education
  • Contact Person: Vi Nguyen
  • Contact Phone: (860) 947-1818
  • Contact Address: 450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 707, Hartford, CT 06103
  • Contact Email: vnguyen@ctohe.org
Topic:

Additional Information

13A1.
Is there anything else about the authorization process in your state that we and others ought to know about?

No response provided

14.
Does your state have a Student Tuition Recovery Fund (or similar fund for school closure)? Yes or No. If Yes, for what type of institutions?

No response provided