Responses Last Confirmed:

Wyoming Department of Education

Agency Contact

Elaine Marces
307-777-6210
elaine.marces@wyo.gov

Additional Contact

Secretary of State Contact

Ed Murray
307-777-7378
Business@wyo.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

____ 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

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2A2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

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.

No response provided

Regional Accreditation Required for:

____ Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions

____ 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

____ 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 profit institutions

____ Non-degree, for-profit institutions

__

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

All degree granting institutions are required to be accredited by an agency recognized by the USDE.  There is a provision for institutions that are in candidate status with a recognized accreditation agency.

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

__X__ Institution   _____ Program _____ Both

2C2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2D1.
Does your state require a Surety Bond for authorized out-of-state institutions? Yes or No.

Maybe. 

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

A $10,000 Surety Bond is required for institutions in candidate status of accreditation as well as non-degree granting proprietary schools.

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

No response provided

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.

The only exemption offered in the state of Wyoming is for brick and mortar religious institutions located in the state that only offer degrees with religious modifiers in their name.

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:

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 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

No response provided

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

An annual application and applicable fees must be submitted on or before July 1 each year.

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.

The annual fee for degree granting institutions is $100.  Non-degree proprietary schools must submit a $10,000 bond as well as a $200 fee.

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?

The institution must submit accreditation information. Proprietary schools must submit personnel, course catalog, financial information, etc

8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Annually.

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

Some of the information is shared publicly.

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?
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.)?

The complaint duties are divided based on the nature of the complaint.

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 response provided

9B2.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name: Elaine Marces
  • Title: Private School Licensing
  • Agency: Wyoming Department of Education
  • Address: 122 W. 25th St. Suite E200
  • Email: elaine.marces@wyo.gov
  • Phone: 307-777-6210
  • 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.

Same as for non-SARA participating institutions. Please see above.

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.)?

No response provided

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions

No response provided

10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?

No response provided

  • Contact Name
  • Title
  • Agency
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • 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).

No response provided

Topic:

Records Retention

12A1.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?

The state works with individual closing institutions to ensure the records are available to students. 

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

No response provided

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