State Authorization, Accreditation, and Student Complaint Process

State Authorization

Post-secondary institutions that offer education programs to students located outside the state must comply with the laws and regulations of the states where they seek to enroll students. 

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. SARA is overseen by a national council and administered by the four regional higher education compacts, MHEC, NEBHE, SREB, and WICHE. For more information about SARA please visit their website.

The New York University (NYU) is a participating member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement and is authorized pursuant to SARA to enroll students in online courses and non-classroom experiences in SARA member states and territories. NYU is also able to enroll students in online courses in California.  

The New York University’s state authorization information may be viewed here.



New York University is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is a peer-based, non-profit association that performs peer evaluation and accreditation of public and private universities and colleges in selected regions of the United States. 


Student Complaint Process

For a student enrolled in a distance education program or course, please reference NYU's state authorization website for further information detailing the applicable complaint process. NYU Wagner’s distance education complaint contact is Elizabeth Larsen, and you may contact her at