State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

St. Kate's complies with regulations for educational activity held in other states.


  • NC-SARA

    State Authorization

    St. Catherine University is required to comply with any state regulations before educational activity can take place within that state. The regulations for any given state and St. Kate’s ability to comply with them determine whether St. Kate’s may offer you enrollment in a course or program. Educational activities that are regulated include offering 100% online courses and programs, and online and/or campus-based courses that include activities such as internships, externships, field experiences, student teaching and clinical placements.

    St. Kate’s participates in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Minnesota became a SARA state in January, 2015 and St. Catherine University became a SARA Institution in March, 2015, allowing students from NC-SARA approved states* to enroll in:

    • Online degree programs that may or may not include internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences
    • Campus-based programs with out-of-state internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences

    Students from non-SARA states may also enroll in online degree programs that may include lab skills and internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences. For all students, California and Virginia are currently the only states where lab requirements may be completed.

    *Although California, Florida and Massachusetts do not belong to SARA, St. Kate’s is approved to enroll students from these states.


Online Degree Programs

St. Catherine’s online programs that do/do not include internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences are available to students in all SARA states and in California, Massachusetts and Florida.

Online programs that do not include internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences:

Graduate Programs
MAED: Online Montessori (AM2)
MAED: Curriculum Instruction/Technology Integration
Master of Health Informatics
Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity (MAISCE)
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Online programs that include internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences:

Baccalaureate Program(s)
Early Childhood Education- Montessori—Adult Learners

Online programs that include a skills lab in addition to internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences:

Associate Program(s)
Online Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Courses within Campus-Based Programs with Out-of-State Student Activities

St. Kate’s has a number of campus-based programs that may offer out-of-state internships, field experiences, student teaching and/or clinical experiences to students. These experiences may be offered to students in all SARA states, and additionally in Florida, Massachusetts, or California.

State Status

for St. Kate's Courses and Programs

As a SARA institution, St. Catherine University is able to enroll residents from SARA states in all programs and in all courses with on-ground educational experiences. Please select a state below to check St. Kate’s status.

Status
Alabama is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Alabama in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Alaska is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Alaska in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Arizona is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Arizona in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Arkansas is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Arkansas in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status: St. Kate’s is not required to seek approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and can offer 100% online programs to residents of California with no restrictions.

Internships, externships, and clinical placements and labs are permitted in CA for online and campus-based courses and programs.

Student Complaint Process Contact:
California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
PO Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Email
Filing a Complaint

Status
Colorado is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Colorado in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Connecticut is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Connecticut in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Delaware is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Delaware in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
District of Columbia is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of District of Columbia in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status: St. Kate’s is not required to seek approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and can offer 100% online programs to residents of Florida with no restrictions.

Internships, externships, and clinical placements and labs are permitted in FA for online and campus-based courses and programs.

Student Complaint Process Contact:
Florida Department of Education
Turlington Building, Suite 1514
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: 850-245-0505
Fax: 850-245-9667
Email
Complaint Form and Procedure

Status
Georgia is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Georgia in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Hawaii is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Hawaii in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Idaho is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Idaho in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Illinois is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Illinois in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Indiana is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Indiana in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Iowa is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Iowa in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Kansas is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Kansas in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Kentucky is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Kentucky in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Louisiana is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Louisiana in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Maine is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Maine in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Maryland is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Maryland in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status: St. Kate’s is not required to seek approval from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and can offer 100% online programs to residents of Massachusetts.

Internships, externships, and clinical placements are permitted in MA for online and campus-based courses and programs.

Contact:
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Room 1401
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Student Complaints

Status
Michigan is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Michigan in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Minnesota is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Minnesota in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Mississippi is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Mississippi in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Missouri is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Missouri in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Montana is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Montana in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Nebraska is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Nebraska in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Nevada is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Nevada in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
New Hampshire is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of New Hampshire in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
New Jersey is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of New Jersey in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
New Mexico is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of New Mexico in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
New York is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of New York in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
North Carolina is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of North Carolina in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
North Dakota is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of North Dakota in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Ohio is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Ohio in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Oklahoma is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Oklahoma in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Oregon is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Oregon in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Pennsylvania is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Pennsylvania in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Rhode Island is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Rhode Island in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
South Carolina is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of South Carolina in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
South Dakota is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of South Dakota in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Tennessee is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Tennessee in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Texas is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Texas in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Utah is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Utah in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Vermont is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Vermont in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Virginia is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Virginia in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Washington is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Washington in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Washington D.C. is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Washington D.C. in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
West Virginia is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of West Virginia in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Wisconsin is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Wisconsin in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

Status
Wyoming is a SARA state. St. Kate’s is an approved SARA institution and is able to enroll residents of Wyoming in all of its online programs and courses. In addition, St. Kate’s is able to offer internships, externships, and clinical placements in this state for campus-based programs and online-based programs.

Student Complaint Process

Contact — Manager
Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3965

FAQ

States expect institutions to obtain approval for regulated activities that occur in their state. These activities may include; online learning, practical experiences, faculty teaching from another state, marketing, advertising, and more. The requirements as to which activities require authorization, the application processes, and the costs to comply vary greatly from state-to-state.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued a regulation tying an institution's ability to offer federal financial aid in a state to the institution being authorized in the student's state. The regulation, 34 CFR 600.9 (c), was subsequently "vacated" by federal court ruling and therefore unenforceable. Regardless of the status of the federal regulation, institutions are legally obligated to comply with the laws and regulations of the states where the institution participates in regulated activities.

If the institution is conducting any one of a list of “trigger” activities (e.g. advertising in local media, using direct advertising, requiring local proctors, employing faculty, marketing, or conducting experiential learning

in the state), you could be required to comply.The definition of "presence" and the list of “trigger” activities is at the discretion of each state and varies greatly from state-to-state.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) established uniform standards for physical presence. Minnesota became a SARA state in January 2015, and St. Catherine University became a SARA institution in March 2015. Through reciprocity, an institution authorized under SARA in its home state would be considered authorized in all other SARA states. Currently, 47 states are SARA members. The only non-SARA states are Florida, Massachusetts, and California.

There are a range of possible penalties for noncompliance with state authorization laws and regulations. They include but are not limited to:

  • Cease and desist letters/orders from state regulators
  • Forced “teach-outs” where the state allows the student currently receiving education in their state to finish but does not allow any other students from the university to attend without authorization
  • Possible fines and institutional sanctions, e.g., institutional enrollment freezes
  • Lawsuits
  • Domino effect with accreditors
  • Damaged reputation!

Contact Kathy Mills at 651-690-7751 or kamills@stkate.edu.


Faculty & Staff Resources

Steps to Ensure Compliance with State Authorization

When educational activity occurs outside the state of Minnesota

Is the state a SARA state? Check state status above.

If YES: St. Kate's is authorized to send a maximum of ten students per site in this state for internships, fieldwork and clinicals only.

If NO: Is St. Kate's is authorized in this state? Check state status above.

    • If YES: St. Kate's is authorized to send students to this state for internships, fieldwork or clinicals only.
    • If NO: St. Kate's must be authorized to operate within the proposed state. Please check with Kathy Mills (kamills@stkate.edu) before planning any educational activity in this state.
  • SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs in fields that require state licensure may need approval from the boards overseeing those professions in that state. Students attending an institution that is not approved by the appropriate boards in their state may be restricted from participating in clinical experiences or kept from sitting for the licensure exam.
  • The National Council for SARA and the four regional compacts that administer SARA require that any college offering courses or programs potentially leading to professional licensure keep all students informed as to whether such offerings actually meet state licensing requirements.
  • SARA also does not deal with offerings provided free and beyond the scope of current regulation of the degree programs of accredited academic institutions (free, non-credit MOOCs, etc.). Nor does it explicitly deal with non-credit instruction, although if an institution participates in SARA, it’s for-credit and non-credit activities in SARA states are covered by the agreement.

Under the law, St. Kate’s is required to know where their students are located. Student location must be tracked and reported, at least on an annual basis. We will need your department’s assistance in ensuring we have a complete picture of all educational activities taking place in other states.

We also need to know of any targeted recruitment and marketing practices. Every semester, reports on online enrollment with demographic information need to be submitted to the Director of State Authorization.

SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Currently, the only pre-licensure program that is offered at St. Kate’s is the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program.

The OTA Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at:

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-2682 or TDD (800) 377-8555
www.acoteonline.org


Complaint Process

St. Catherine University is dedicated to providing the best possible student experience throughout your college years. We make every effort to work with students to resolve issues as they come up. Most complaints can be resolved utilizing the internal processes available.

Programs may have their own student codes of conduct and complaint processes as defined by the academic college. Please check with your program director.

External Resources
If an issue cannot be resolved internally and you are residing in a SARA state, pursuant to the SARA Complaint Process, please contact the Minnesota SARA Portal Agency. Please see the link under the state name for complaint information in if you reside in Florida, Massachusetts, or California.

If you are a student in a program on St. Catherine University campus, you may file a grievance with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Students may also contact our accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission.