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Accreditation and Licensure


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Accreditation and Licensure

Accredited (HLC)

Accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Our online distance learning degree programs are reviewed and approved as part of this accreditation.  The university has been continuously accredited since 1916.  Our most recent full accreditation review was in 2013.  See www.uwsuper.edu/hlc for more information.

State Licensure

UW-Superior seeks authorization or exemption, as applicable, in all US states and territories where students enroll in our distance learning programs, in compliance with federal, state, and accreditation requirements.  The list below documents our current state licensure and exemptions.

Alaska

UW-Superior has received exemption from licensure from the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education.

Arizona

UW-Superior's programs are not under the jurisdiction of the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education since the university has no physical presence in Arizona.

California

As a public higher education institution, UW-Superior is not required by the state of California to obtain approval to offer online learning to California residents.

Colorado

UW-Superior is not required to register with the State of Colorado since it does not have a physical presence in Colorado.

Connecticut

UW-Superior is not required to be licensed by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education since it does not have a physical presence in Connecticut.

Delaware

UW-Superior is not required to obtain the approval of the Delaware Department of Education since it does not have a physical presence in Delaware.

District of Columbia

UW-Superior is not required to be licensed by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission.

Florida

UW-Superior is not required to be licensed with the Florida Commission for Independent Education since the institution is not physically located in Florida, instructors do not have face-to-face contact with Florida students, and the university does not recruit in person in Florida.

Georgia

UW-Superior has been notified by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission that it is exempt from further state authorization.  Renewal of exemption is due October 31st, 2013.

Hawaii

The State of Hawaii does not endorse, license, approve, or register post-secondary educational institutions.

Idaho

UW-Superior is not required to register with the State of Idaho since it has no physical presence in Idaho.

Illinois

UW-Superior has been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer online instruction to Illinois residents.

Iowa

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission has determined UW-Superior is not required to register with the Commission in order to provide online instruction to Iowa residents.

Louisiana

UW-Superior is not regulated by the Louisiana Board of Regents, since it offers courses and programs fully online and does not maintain physical facilities in the State of Louisiana.

Maine

UW-Superior is not required to register with the Maine Department of Education since it has no physical presence in Maine.

Massachusetts

UW-Superior is not required to be licensed to provide online instruction to Massachusetts residents since it has no physical presence in Massachusetts.

Michigan

UW-Superior is not required to be licensed to provide online instruction to Michigan residents since it has no physical presence in Michigan.

Minnesota

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is registered as a Private Institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Mississippi

UW-Superior is not regulated by the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation since it is not domiciled, incorporated, or otherwise located in Mississippi.

Missouri

UW-Superior has been notified by the Missouri Department of Higher Education that it is in compliance with Missouri law as a public university accredited by a regional body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  UW-Superior adheres to the MDHE Principles of Good Practice for Distance Learning and Web-Based Courses.

Nebraska

UW-Superior is not required to register with the Nebraska Coordinating Commission on Postsecondary Education to offer online instruction to Nebraska residents, since it has no physical presence in Nebraska.

Nevada

UW-Superior is not required to be licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education to offer online instruction to Nevada residents, since it has no physical presence in Nevada and does not recruit in person in Nevada.

New Hampshire

UW-Superior is not required to register with the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission to offer online instruction to New Hampshire residents, since it does not have a physical presence in New Hampshire.

New Jersey

UW-Superior meets the requirements of the State of New Jersey to offer online instruction to New Jersey Residents, since it is accredited by an organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

New Mexico

UW-Superior is not required to be licensed by the New Mexico Department of Education to offer online instruction to New Mexico residents, since it does not have a physical presence in New Mexico and does not actively recruit students there.

New York

UW-Superior is not required to register with the State of New York to offer online instruction to New York residents, since it does not have a physical presence in New York.

North Carolina

UW-Superior is not required to be licensed by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina or the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges to offer online instruction to North Carolina residents, since it does not have a physical presence in North Carolina.

North Dakota

UW-Superior has been notified by the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education that it is not subject to registration by that department.

Ohio

UW-Superior is not required to be approved by the Ohio Board of Regents to offer online instruction to Ohio residents, since it does not have a physical presence in Ohio.

Oklahoma

UW-Superior is not required to be approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to offer online instruction to Oklahoma residents, since it does not have a physical presence in Oklahoma.

Oregon

UW-Superior has received online exemption from registration from the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization.

Pennsylvania

UW-Superior is able to offer distance education courses and programs to Pennsylvania residents, as it is in compliance with Title 22 Pa. Code § 31.1(e) as an institution offering more than 50% of its degree programs consisting of resident-based instruction.

Rhode Island

UW-Superior is not required to be approved by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education to offer online instruction to Rhode Island residents, since it does not have a physical presence in Rhode Island.

South Carolina

UW-Superior is not required to be approved by the South Carolina Commission on  Higher Education to offer online instruction to South Carolina residents, since it does not have a physical presence in South Carolina.

South Dakota

UW-Superior is not required to register with the South Dakota Board of Regents as it is an institution accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Tennessee

UW-Superior is not required to be approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to offer online instruction to Tennessee residents, since it does not have a physical presence in Tennessee.

Texas

UW-Superior is exempt from licensure requirements of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board under Rule 7.14 of the Texas Education Code, since it is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the Board, and has no physical presence in the state.

Utah

UW-Superior is exempt from registration by the Utah Division of Consumer Protection due to its accreditation by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Vermont

UW-Superior is not required to be approved by the Vermont Department of Education or the State Board of Education since it only offers online programs with no physical presence in Vermont.

Virginia

UW-Superior is not required to be approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to offer online instruction to Virginia residents, since it does not have a physical presence in Virginia. However, without a physical presence, it is not eligible for certification with Virginia, and Virginia students do not benefit from protections offered by the SCHEV to students at certified institutions.

Washington

UW-Superior is not required to be authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council to offer online instruction to Washington residents, since it does not meet the Council's definition of operating in the State of Washington.

West Virginia

UW-Superior does not meet the definition of physical presence as defined in Titles 133 and 135 Legislative Rules, Series 20, Authorization of Degree Granting Institution.  Authorization to offer online programs to West Virginia residents is not required.

Wisconsin

UW-Superior is authorized by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to offer its online degrees in Wisconsin.


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