State Authorization

State authorization is a legal and regulatory term for a college’s compliance with individual statutes, regulations and rules in each state in which it operates, has a physical presence or engages in educational services, programs, or activities. Physical presence can mean anything from enrolling a student from another state in an online program to recruiting students at fairs or conferences. State authorization is different from institutional or programmatic accreditation, or approval from professional licensing boards.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) establishes a state-level reciprocity process that will support the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people by making state authorization: more efficient, effective and uniform in regard to necessary and reasonable standards of practice that could span states; more effective in dealing with quality and integrity issues that have arisen in some online/ distance education offerings; and less costly for states and institutions and, thereby, the students they serve.

Peru State College is a member of SARA. Currently, students from any state may enroll in the College’s online programs. However, it may not be possible to complete certain internships, practica or other field experiences in some states. Additional information on state authorization is available here.

More information about SARA

Map of approved states and institutions

Professional Licensure and Practicum Programs

For students interested in an academic program that leads to professional licensure, it is important that you understand the requirements for your home state prior to enrolling in any academic program. If you have additional questions regarding licensure, curriculum, professional exams or other matters related to your program of interest, you may contact us at sara@peru.edu.

Complaint Processes

PSC provides an opportunity for enrolled students and the public in general to submit complaints. The policy, process, and procedures for submitting complaints is outlined on the Student Handbook.

The policy and procedures for complaints/grievances related to Academics are outlined in the College Catalog.

Individuals may also submit complaints to Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE), the NC-SARA portal agency. The complaint process is described on the CCPE website.

Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
402-471-0030

If you reside in another state, you may contact your local agency for further information.

Refund Policies

Peru State College’s refund policy can be found on the Business Office webpage.

Memberships and Accreditation

Peru State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Commission’s website address is http://www.hlcommission.org/ and the telephone number is 312-263-0456. The College has been accredited by the organization since 1915. In 2012, Peru State College received continuing accreditation for the next 10 years from the Higher Learning Commission. The College received the best possible evaluation result, with no follow up visits or other reporting required, placing it in an elite group of institutions in the region. Peru State College has continuing accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Full membership is maintained in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the American Council on Education. The College is also a charter member of the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education. Peru State College is a member institution of the Nebraska State College System.

Adverse Actions

As of July 1, 2018, Peru State College distance education programs have no previous, current, or pending adverse actions taken by state or accrediting agencies.