Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Currently, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) authorization isn’t required for institutions offering course or degree programs exclusively online to Oklahoma residents and institutions are not required to complete an application. To better determine the extent of an institution’s physical presence, a letter from the institution’s chief executive officer to Dr. Houston Davis (address below) is recommended detailing the extent to which the institution in question will be delivering course and/or degree programs to Oklahoma residents.

If institution’s degree programs require internships, externships, practica, and/or clinicals that will be completed in Oklahoma, then the letter should also include an explanation pertaining to logistics associated with these programmatic requirements (i.e. compensation to the Oklahoma internship site, administration of the internships, etc.). The information within the letter will be used to determine the extent of the physical presence, if any, the institution will have in Oklahoma.

Institutions with a potential for physical presence in Oklahoma will be required to follow a defined process to seek authorization from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for the delivery of collegiate level course and/or degree programs.

NOTE: A statement of affiliation from the institution’s accrediting agency should be included, which lists the programs approved for distance learning.

Once the letter and information is received, the Vice Chancellor’s staff will review and respond appropriately.

Houston D. Davis, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
P.O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-8850

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