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State Authorization

Salve Regina is authorized to offer online education under the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which covers 54 states and U.S. territories and is administered by four regional education compacts. Salve Regina is a member of the New England Board of Higher Education compact.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an ongoing evaluation process with institutions being reaffirmed by the national council and regional compact annually. The compact requires that Salve Regina initially work directly with students toward resolution of complaints. Should that process not satisfy any request, complaints may be directed to the agencies below as appropriate.

SARA participating states

Complaints should be directed to:
Paula M. Szulc, Ed.D. 
Associate Commissioner for Student Success
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner 
560 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 100 
Warwick, RI 02886 
(401) 736-1100  
Rhode Island-SARA website

The process for resolving complaints is set forth by the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner.

Salve Regina is also authorized to provide online education to the following states not under the SARA agreement.


Complaints should be directed to:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 431-6959
(916) 263-1897 (fax)