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State Authorizations

At Southeastern, it’s our goal to offer a high-quality university experience to students all across the U.S. As we continue to expand our distance education program, we are working to comply with state regulations and become authorized to open extension sites and offer online degree programs.

Each state creates its own set of standards as to how out-of-state educational institutions can operate within that state’s borders. This includes offering classes in an actual physical location as well as online. Listed below are our state compliance statements.

Federal law also requires that every postsecondary institution provide contact information for student complaints, which can be found in the SEU catalog under the Extended Education Complaint Policies.

Southeastern University received approval from the Alabama Community College System (licensure) and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (programmatic approval) to offer the Associate of Christian Ministries and the Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministries at the Highlands College Campus (Birmingham, AL).

Under A.R.S. §32-3022 (E), Southeastern University is exempt from regulation by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and would not be regulated pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-3001 et.seq. to offer religious degrees.

Southeastern University is determined to be in compliance with the requirements of Title 5, California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 71390. Therefore, Southeastern University: Nor Cal Campus is granted approval to operate under the terms of California Education Code (CEC) section 94890(a)(1) until December 5, 2022 per CEC section 94890(b). This approval is coterminous with the institution’s term of accreditation granted by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS/COC).

Southeastern University has received Florida licensure exemption from the Florida Department of Education.

Southeastern University is exempt from regulation by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission based on the O.C.G.A. 20-3-250.3(a)(12).

Southeastern University is authorized to operate in the state of Hawaii pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) §305J-12(a). Authorization by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs in Hawaii shall be conditioned on the maintenance of accreditation by SEU and continuing compliance with HRS §305J-14.

As defined under 23 Illinois Administrative Code Section 1030.10, Southeastern University meets the description of an Institution with Limited Physical Presence in Illinois and has been granted continuous approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) until such time that any one of the conditions mentioned in the code change.

In accordance with KRS 164.945-.947 and 13 KAR 1:020, Southeastern University-Online is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to operate or solicit in Kentucky to offer four programs: the Associate of Ministerial Leadership, the Associate of Arts, the Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership, and the Bachelor of Science in Business and Professional Leadership.  In accordance with KRS 164.945-.947 and 13 KAR 1:020, Southeastern University-Florence is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer four programs at 7 Hills Church, 6800 Hazel Court, Florence, KY 41042: the Associate of Ministerial Leadership, the Associate of Arts, the Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership, and the Bachelor of Science in Business and Professional Leadership.

Southeastern University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

Maryland Higher Education Commission has determined Southeastern University to be in compliance with the requirements of the Education Article, Title 11, Subtitle2, Annotated Code of Maryland and CCOMAR 13B.05.01 to enroll Maryland students in the fully online distance education programs, with the exemption of the bachelor’s degrees in human services and nursing and the master’s degrees in education and human services. The Commission’s registration of the University’s fully online programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the University’s programs. Southeastern University has been authorized to offer the Associate of Ministerial Leadership on site at Church of the Redeemer, Gaithersburg.

Southeastern University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Southeastern University has reviewed the MCCA Federal Online/Distance Education Requirements and has determined that it does not meet the criteria to establish physical presence in the state, therefore, does not need authorization for online programs from the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation.

Southeastern University has received a provisional license to offer the Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership to students at the Las Vegas, Nevada, extension site.

Degree programs of study offered by Southeastern University have been declared by the appropriate state authority exempt from the requirements for licensure, under provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15 (d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon assessment program quality under established licensing standards.

From the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education: Southeastern University complies with Title 70 O.S. §4103 and may operate educational programs beyond secondary education in Oklahoma.

Southeastern University has registered in Pennsylvania as an out-of-state distance education provider to enroll residents of Pennsylvania in the following distance education programs: Associate of Ministerial Leadership and Associate of Arts in General Education.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education does not have jurisdiction where Institutions enroll SC residents into online courses or programs where the institution does not conduct activities defined as operating or soliciting in South Carolina. SEU has reviewed the conditions which define “operating or soliciting” in SC and finds that it does not meet the criteria, therefore, does not require authorization in SC.

Southeastern University’s Lakeland, FL campus is exempt from Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 20 of the Tennessee Code and the regulations contained in Rule Chapter 1540-01-02 by the Division of Postsecondary School Authorization of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and may offer, advertise and recruit for online programs offered within the State of Tennessee. This exemption must be renewed annually.

LifePoint Leadership College: An extension site of Southeastern University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by LifePoint Leadership College: An extension site of Southeastern University, please visit tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data Button.

Approved and Regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, Austin, Texas.

Southeastern University: Mid-Atlantic Extension Site is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Main campus address: Mid-Atlantic Extension Site, 7575 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188. The Mid-Atlantic Extension is approved to offer three programs: the Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership, the Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership, and the Associate of Arts.

Southeastern University: Virginia Beach Extension Site is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Branch campus address: Virginia Beach Extension Site, 1000 North Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. The Virginia Beach Extension is approved to offer the Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership.

Southeastern University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Southeastern University to [offer/advertise and recruit for] specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Southeastern University is authorized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to offer online programs in the state of West Virginia. Reauthorization is required annually.