State Authorization

State Authorization for Online Education

All U.S. states require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction in their states. MVSU wants to provide online education programs and courses to students in all states and territories. To facilitate this endeavor for out-of-state students, MVSU participates in "the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary online education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts." Mississippi is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

The state of Mississippi became a member of SARA on January 1, 2016. Mississippi Valley State University received approval from the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA) to participate in SARA on July 27, 2016. MCCA is recognized by SREB as the State Portal Entity for Mississippi.

Colleges or universities in a SARA state only need their home state authorization to offer online education to any other SARA member state. Not every state has joined SARA, but most have. A current list of member states can be found here.

State authorization rules are subject to change. Please check back to this site for more information concerning MVSU and authorization of states for online education courses.

Professional Licensure

SARA approval does not extend to programs that lead to professional licensure. If you live outside the state of Mississippi and are considering a program that leads to licensure, then you should contact the appropriate licensing board in your home state before you apply to MVSU. While every attempt is made to stay abreast of the laws in each state, it is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his or her home state to confirm whether or not the MVSU program will meet the state's licensure requirements.

Accreditation

Mississippi Valley State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award bachelor and master degrees. For questions about the accreditation of MVSU, contact SACS at:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 Phone: 404.679.4500
Online Education Complaint Process
For MVSU's Out-of-State Students

Online Education Complaint Process

For MVSU's Out-of-State Students

If you have a complaint about an online education program offered at MVSU concerning allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity, including the provision of false or misleading information, contact the Distance Education office at kenneth.done@mvsu.edu or 662-254-3625.  You may access the student complaint process at https://www.mvsu.edu/sites/default/files/mvsu_institutional_complaint_policy_and_process.pdf

Complaint/Grievance form
https://www.mvsu.edu/sites/default/files/student_grievance_form-1_pdf_0.pdf.

Distance & Online Education
14000 Highway 82 West - MVSU 7229
Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400
662-254-3625 (Phone)
662-254-3920 (Fax)

kenneth.done@mvsu.edu

In the unlikely event that a resolution is not found after exhausting MVSU’s complaint/grievance process, you may contact the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA) http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/student_complaint_process.asp.   Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by MVSU policy.

You may also contact the appropriate agency in the state where you reside. Please click on your state for the contact form. You can also further your complaint with the appropriate agency in the state where you reside. Please click on your state for the contact form.