Responses Last Confirmed:

New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Educator Support and Higher Education

Agency Contact

Patricia Edes
603-271-0256
patricia.edes@doe.nh.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Bill Gardner
603-271-3242
kladd@sos.state.nh.us
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

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

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

__X__ Non-degree, not-for profit institutions

__X__ Non-degree, for-profit institutions

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

For NC-SARA and teacher preparation programs, public and private institutions must seek our approval.  For degree-granting authority, only private institutions are required to seek our approval.

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

Must achieve accreditation within eight years.

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

__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

__X__ 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

__X__

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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

____ 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.

Only if a non-degree-granting career school.

https://www.education.nh.gov/highered/career/index.htm

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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

No. 

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.

Dartmouth College is exempt as, by law, was grandfathered in.  https://www.education.nh.gov/legislation/higher_ed.htm

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.

No. 

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

Yes.

4A3.
Clarifying comments:

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. 

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.
5A2.
URL for physical presence definition
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

https://www.education.nh.gov/highered/colleges/documents/rule-hedc400.pdf

6A2.
URL for application

No response provided

6A3.
Clarifying comments:

We do not have an Application per se – a person would follow Standards in Hedc 400 – NH Code of Administrative Rules.

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.
7A2.
URL for Fee Information

No response provided

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?

No response provided

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?
9A2.
URL for the complaint form

form:https://my.doe.nh.gov/ESSWEB/HigherEducation/Complaint.aspx

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.)?

All within our agency.

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)?

No. 

9B2.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?

 

  • Contact Name  Currently this is Janet Fiderio, but it will be changing.
  • Title  Program Specialist III
  • Agency  NH Department of Education
  • Address  101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH  03301
  • Email  janet.fiderio@doe.nh.gov
  • Phone  603-271-2695
  • URL
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.

No response provided

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.)?

All within our agency.

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions
10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name  Currently this is Janet Fiderio, but it will be changing.
  • Title  Program Specialist III
  • Agency  NH Department of Education
  • Address  101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH  03301
  • Email  janet.fiderio@doe.nh.gov
  • Phone  603-271-2695
  • URL
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).
Topic:

Records Retention

12A1.
When a school closes, what is the process your state uses to ensure that transcripts/records are kept available?
12B1.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?
  • Agency Name  NH Department of Education, Division of Educator Support and Higher Education
  • Contact Person  Patricia Moquin
  • Contact Phone  603-271-0289
  • Contact Address  101 Pleasant Street
  • Contact Email  patricia.moquin@doe..nh.gov
  • Contact web site https://www.education.nh.gov/highered/closed/index.htm
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