State Authorization

State Authorization

State Authorization is the Federal Regulation that requires higher education institutions to obtain authorization to offer distance education courses and programs to students located in a state in which the institution offering the course is not physically located.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

West Texas A&M University was approved as a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) in 2015, and is and is administered by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB.). "The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-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." -NC-SARA 

For more information about the SARA initiative and progress of state and institutional membership, please visit

If you are a student living in a state that is not a member of NC-SARA, WTAMU may have a direct agreement with your state. For more information, please call Melissa White, Assistant Vice President and Accreditation Liaison, at (806) 651-2045 or email

NC-SARA Member States

NC-SARA Member Districts & Territories

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska,  Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming


To file a complaint, please go to the following WTAMU page to see additional information on the Complaint Process for Individual States.

Professional Licensure

By law, West Texas A&M University is required to notify current and potential students about the University’s ability to meet licensure requirements in a state. If planning to gain a degree that may lead to a professional licensure or certification, we encourage students to reach out to the state and licensing agency in which the license will be held to ensure acceptance from our programs.

Please visit the Professional Licensure & Certification Programs page to view a list of all programs identified by West Texas A&M University that may lead to professional licensure along with links to the program general disclosures. In addition, national and state licensing board information is included. Programs approved to be offered online are specified with an asterisk (*).

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