Responses Last Confirmed:

Connecticut Office of Higher Eduction

Agency Contact

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

Additional Contact

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

NO INFORMATION PROVIDED AT THIS TIME

____      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_

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

The CT Office of Higher Education does the authorization for independent institutions of higher education as well as postsecondary occupational schools. The Connecticut Board of Regents authorizes state colleges and universities (except University of Connecticut).

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

____      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

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

Typically at least national accreditation is required for independent institutions, although an institution can be authorized without either national or regional accreditation.

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

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.

See this link: http://www.ctohe.org/Postsecondary/LandA.shtml under exemptions

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

4A3.
Clarifying comments:

See the following: http://www.ctohe.org/heweb/OutOfStateRegistration.asp. This policy will be changing next calendar year.

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

URL for Physical Presence Definition: http://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/title_10a.htm

5A3.
Clarifying comments:

: Physical presence is not defined in our regulations. We do have a definition for “resident instruction” which is as follows: “Resident instruction” means direct contact instruction which involves the physical presence of both the learner and the instructor at the same regularly scheduled location.

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

Description can be found here for institutions of higher education: http://www.ctohe.org/Postsecondary/LandA.shtml and for postsecondary schools here: http://www.ctohe.org/POSA/Default.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.

No response provided

7A2.
URL for Fee Information

No response provided

7A3.
Clarifying comments:

No fee.

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?

See this webpage for list of information required: http://www.ctohe.org/heweb/OutOfStateRegistration.asp

 

8A2.
URL for reporting

http://www.ctohe.org/heweb/OutOfStateRegistration.asp

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Yearly. 

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

No.

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.)?

It is divided depending upon the type of institution

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: Sean Seepersad
  • Title: Division Director of Academic Affairs
  • Agency: CT Office of Higher Education
  • Address: 450 Columbus Blvd, Ste 707, Hartford, CT 06103
  • Email: sean.seepersad@ct.gov
  • Phone: (860) 947-1837
  • URL: https://www.ohe.ct.gov/StudentComplaints.shtml

 

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 our agency.

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions
10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name: Sean Seepersad
  • Title: Division Director of Academic Affairs
  • Agency: CT Office of Higher Education
  • Address: 450 Columbus Blvd, Ste 707, Hartford, CT 06103
  • Email: sean.seepersad@ct.gov
  • Phone: (860) 947-1837
  • URL: https://www.ohe.ct.gov/SARA/Default.shtml
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.

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 with our agency before closing the school to ensure students have access to transcripts. For postsecondary occupational schools, the agency keeps the transcripts/records.

12B1.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?

Either our agency or https://www.ohe.ct.gov/POSA/StudentInfo.shtml#Transcript

 

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