Higher-Education : A Step-by-Step Guide

AEC has tremendous experience in higher education consulting

While the licensing approval process may vary in complexity and duration across different states, the requirements generally align with the following aspects:

  1. Robust curriculum development
  2. Qualified and competent faculty members
  3. Well-defined policies and procedures
  4. Adequate student support services
  5. Comprehensive academic programs

Below are a compilation of state licensing agencies and a directory of state approved schools. If you require guidance in making a decision, I have a comprehensive checklist we can review together. 

Kindly note that certain external links provided below may only be accessible to individuals within the United States

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) is the coordinating board for higher education in the State of Alabama.

A complete list of schools authorized to operate or exempt from authorization in Alaska is provided by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE).

The Arizona College and Career Guide, published by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, provides information about Arizona’s universities, colleges, and career schools

Search the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education-approved schools. This information is provided by the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

Maintained by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, this site lists 4-year public, 2-year public, and authorized non-public institutions approved by the State of Colorado.

This student and parent website, developed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, includes links to approved Connecticut colleges, universities, and private occupational schools.

The Delaware Higher Education Commission provides contact information for stateapproved colleges and universities.

The Board of Governors State University System of Florida provides information about independent and state institutions, Florida law schools, and university distance learning links.

The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), the agency responsible for administering student financial aid programs provided by the State of Georgia, lists in-depth information
about Georgia colleges, universities, and technical colleges.

The Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP) website provides alist of schools authorized to operate in Hawaii.

This site, maintained by the State of Idaho, lists Idaho state colleges and universities and private colleges and universities.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education provides links to public universities, independent colleges and universities, and community colleges, as well as consumer information about state approval, accreditation, and licensure.

The Indiana Commission on Higher Education maintains this site entitled.

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission provides information on Iowa state universities, independent colleges and universities, community colleges, and professional business and technical colleges and universities.

This site provides a list of Kansas universities, community colleges, technical schools and colleges, private and out-of-state degrees, and programs governed or supervised by the Kansas Board of Regents.

The State of Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education provides multiple resources for higher education, including listings of state colleges and universities, independent colleges and universities, community colleges, trade, and technical schools.

The Louisiana Board of Regents provides lists of the Louisiana state university system,
community and technical colleges, and private institutions.

The Department of Education for the State of Maine provides lists of Maine public colleges and universities, state training academies, community college systems, and private colleges.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission website lists four-year public colleges and universities, community colleges, four-year independent colleges and universities, two year independent colleges and universities, and distance education and academic programs by school

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education provides links to Massachusetts state colleges and universities, independent colleges and universities, and community colleges.

The State of Michigan provides lists of Michigan career and technical institutes, two-year colleges, four-year colleges, universities, and community colleges.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education provides information about institutions or campuses licensed by the State of Minnesota, Minnesota state colleges and universities, and the University of Minnesota.

The Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation provides a listing of all approved colleges and universities in the State of Mississippi. It also includes a listing of nonapproved colleges and universities.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education provides an institution and degree search engine as well as a complete list of institutions approved in the State of Missouri.

The Montana University System, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, maintains
a list of the University of Montana campuses, Montana State University campuses,
community and tribal colleges, and private institutions

The Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education provides links to lists of approved community colleges, independent colleges and universities, private career schools, and state colleges.

The Nevada System of Higher Education provides links to approved public institutions in the State of Nevada.

The New Hampshire Division of Educator Support and Higher Education provides a list of degree-granting institutions approved to operate in New Hampshire and a directory of approved career schools.

The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education provides links to public research universities, state colleges and universities, community colleges, two-year religious schools, independent four-year colleges, proprietary institutions with degree-granting authority, and rabbinical schools and theological seminaries.

The New Mexico Higher Education Department provides links to postsecondary schools

The New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education, Office of Quality
Assurance, provides a Directory of all Colleges and Universities in the State of New York.

The State of North Carolina provides multiple links to the University of North Carolina System, independent colleges, universities, and community colleges

The State of North Dakota provides links to lists of state colleges and universities, private colleges, tribal colleges, and vocational/technical schools.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education provides links to all four-year public colleges and universities, two-year public university branch campuses, two-year public community and technical colleges, and independent colleges and universities approved in the State of Ohio. This site also includes a link to the Program Authorization Log – a list of Ohio college institutions and programs authorized to operate.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education provides links to approved colleges, universities, and career training institutions.

The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) provides links to the Oregon University System, independent colleges, community colleges, and other ODAapproved campus-based degree programs.

Maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this institution and program search includes programs at the College of Technology, community colleges, other approved schools, other colleges and universities, other postsecondary schools, private colleges and universities, private licensed schools, private two-year colleges, state-aided institutes, state-related commonwealth universities, and state universities.

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education lists institutions and organizations, including Rhode Island public higher education, independent colleges and universities, and proprietary schools regulated by the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education lists senior public institutions, twoyear regional campuses for the University of South Carolina, technical colleges, private senior institutions, private two-year colleges, proprietary colleges, and other degreegranting institutions licensed to operate by the Commission on Higher Education in the State of South Carolina.

The South Dakota Board of Regents maintains a list of postsecondary technical institutes, state universities, tribal colleges, and private colleges and universities

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Student Assistance Corporation maintain a directory of Tennessee public universities, independent colleges and universities, community colleges, and Tennessee Technology Centers.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board maintains lists of public universities, community colleges, health-related institutions, the technical college system, state colleges, independent universities, junior colleges, health-related institutions, and chiropractic institutions.

The Utah System of Higher Education provides links to Utah public and private colleges and universities. The website also links to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, including links to registered proprietary schools exempt from registration.

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation provides a list of Vermont Education links, including colleges, universities, and professional schools.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia provides links to public institutions, private vocational institutions licensed to operate in the State of Virginia, and some private and out-of-state institutions.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) provides links to public four-year colleges and universities, public community and technical colleges, tribally-controlled community colleges, and private and out-of-state colleges and universities.

This site provides links to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission public colleges and universities, community colleges, and technical institutions.( https://wvctcs.org/ )It also provides links to West Virginia private colleges and universities.

The State of Wisconsin website provides links to the University of Wisconsin System and state colleges, technical colleges, private colleges and universities, and private postsecondary schools.

The State of Wyoming provides links to Wyoming colleges and universities and technical schools.

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