Distance Learning Education - State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement & Student Complaints
Pursuant to Wis. Stats. Ch. 39.85, et. al, the State of Wisconsin is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the Midwestern Higher Education Compact which regulates the manner in which participating institutions may offer distance learning education to students who reside in other states. UW Oshkosh is a participating institution in MSARA. The terms and conditions of SARA can be found at http://nc-sara.org/content/sara-policies-and-standards. If a student has a complaint that involves distance learning education offered under the terms and conditions of SARA, the student must file a complaint with the institution first to seek resolution. If no resolution is reached, then the student may file a complaint with the Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB) through the following State Authorization Reciprocity Complaint Process at the following link: https://www.wisconsin.edu/student-complaints/ or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For purposes of this process, a complaint shall be defined as a formal assertion in writing that the terms of this agreement, or of laws, standards or regulations incorporated by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Policies and Standards have been violated by the institution operating under the terms of SARA.
Additional information can be found at http://www.heab.state.wi.us/DLAB/faq.html.
Important Notice to Students: If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended you contact the appropriate licensing agency where you plan to receive instruction before beginning your academic program. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license.
The SARA provision for this requirement can be found on pg. 10 herein: http://nc-sara.org/files/docs/NC-SARA_Policies_Standards.pdf
Program Integrity Regulations: State Authorizations
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh offers a number of fully online distance delivery courses and degree programs. Our online and distance delivery offerings are reviewed and approved by the UW System, faculty governance at UW-Oshkosh, and as part of the Higher Learning Commission's accreditation requirements.
As part of the U.S. Department of Education's Program Integrity Regulations, UW-Oshkosh is committed to complying with the quality standards established for online and distance education established by other state agencies.
Known as "State Authorizations," these quality standards and the corresponding licensure process requires each college or university to seek authorization (or exemption) from states in which residents are enrolled in online degree programs.
UW Oshkosh Online & Hybrid Programs
College of Business
College of Education & Human Services
College of Letters & Science
College of Nursing
last 2 semesters hybrid.)
Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement
UW System eCampus
The University of Wisconsin System eCampus is your gateway to information about online degree programs and non-degree certificate programs offered across the 26 campuses of the UW System. It is a comprehensive portal, enabling you to search for programs, learn about those programs and easily locate advisors, an application, or registration information. Academic programs listed on this site are offered through one or more of the campuses with the University of Wisconsin System.
UW System eCampus Portal
UW System Complaint Process for Program Integrity
Distance Learning or Correspondence Education Complaints
Higher Education Learning Commission Complaint Process
Student Complaints and Consumer Information by State and Agency
UW Oshkosh Online and Hybrid Course Guidelines PDF