Part Two in a Five Part Series on State Authorization
State authorization is not limited to distance education and online programs. It encompasses everything that an institution is doing in another state (ex: advertising, employment, any face-to-face activities, etc.). Therefore, it is important that our institution understand which programs, both online and residential, are serving students in another state or have a physical presence in an outside state.
What activities are considered physical presence triggers? Well…it depends. Each state has a different definition and different regulations so that question is not easy to answer. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Instruction – internships, externships, practicums, clinical placements, seminars, etc.
- Recruiting – agents in the state, frequency of contact with students, etc.
- Property – equipment (i.e., computers, servers) or instructional sites
- Employment – faculty members (full-time and adjunct), mentors, or supervisors
- 3rd Party Contracts – proctored exams or student services
- Advertising – national media or local media (targeted)
If your department and program take part in any of these activities, please contact Mary Lea Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-915-7089, for more information and to discuss how you can help the University of Mississippi be compliant.