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Accreditation & Licensure Information

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Central Michigan University (CMU) provides prospective and enrolled students and the CMU Community with the following information resources outli​ning the University’s accreditation, authorization, and complaint proc​esses related to all locations where CMU delivers educational programming, including online delivery.

Accreditation

CMU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and as a regionally accredited institution is authorized to operate as an institution of higher education. HLC is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. CMU’s Statement of Affiliation Status may be viewed on the HLC website.

State Authorization

CMU must be approved via the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement or other State licensure mechanisms before they can enroll students into any Online programs offered by CMU. ​CMU engages in a continuous process for recognition as an authorized institution of higher education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories. CMU is committed to ensuring that its academic programs, institutional practices, delivery methods, and operational activities comply with applicable regulations specific to the jurisdiction.

Additional information regarding authorization by specific states or locations, including regulatory requirements by state for program approvals, recruitment, internships and practicums, and other educational activities may be reviewed via CMU’s comprehensive State Authorization Resource available to the CMU community.

CMU is an approved State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Participant

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Participant

SARA is "an agreement among member states, district​s and 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. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts”. While being a SARA approved institution does not remove the need for state authorization for all online programs since not all States are SARA members, being a SARA approved institution allows CMU to deliver online programs to residents in any SARA member state without seeking additional authorization from that particular state. Participation in SARA is intended to allow students greater access to CMU courses/programs offered in other states.

CMU has locations in the following states: California (Camp Pendleton), Georgia (Atlanta), Hawaii (Schofield and Tripler), Kansas (Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley), Louisiana (Fort Polk), Maryland (Joint Base Andrews AFB), Michigan (home state), New Jersey (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst), New York (Fort Hamilton), North Carolina (Seymour Johnson AFB), Ohio (Columbus, Wright-Patterson AFB), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Defense Supply Center), and Virginia (Defense Supply Center - Richmond, Fort Belvoir, Fort Lee, Joint Base Myer-Henderson-Hall, and Pentagon Center). CMU enjoys authorization from all states to deliver the selected programs unless exempted due to CMU being located only on a federal enclave.

*For approved program information within a specific state, please contact Central Michigan University toll free at 800-950-1144 ​or via e-mail at globallicensure@cmich.edu.​

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Authorization Information

(Online Programs)

For Academic Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

Important Message for Prospective Students: It is highly recommended that students contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence if they are con​sidering an academic program that leads to a professional license. CMU offers a state-by-state guide​​ with the web links to the appropriate licensing agencies. It is the responsibility of stu​dents to contact the appropriate licensing agency and to understand the requirements in their state of residence as applied to their specific situation.

Central Michigan University's Off-Campus & Online Student Complaint Process

Students taking classes outside of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan or online with Central Michigan University should attempt to resolve any issues or complaints with the University first. If after following the University complaint process, your issue or complaint is not reasonably resolved, you may file a complaint concerning Central Michigan University with the appropriate state entity. This filing information is available below by clicking on the appropriate state.

State Agency Complaint Process

If an issue or complaint is not resolved at the institutional level, you may choose to review and follow the appropriate state complaint process. CMU is a participa​ting institution in the National Council -State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Given this, Online students who are residents of those states indicated by an asterisk (*), should follow the complaint process for the State of Michigan at http://www.michigan.gov/pss as the home state of Central Michigan University. Please click on "Michigan". Otherwise, you may click on your resident state below and you will be directed to the respective complaint process and/or forms.​​​

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** California does not have an agency for complaints for public or non-profit out-of-state institutions.

Higher Learning Commission Complaint Process

Students or other individuals interested in bringing an appropriate complaint to the attention of the Higher Learning Commission should compile a complete submission as outlined in the “Complaints Against an Affiliated Institution-Instructions for Filing A Complaint with the Commission”.

Request for Additional Information

Upon request submitted to globallicensure@cmich.edu, Central Michigan University will make available for review to any prospective or enrolled student a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation and its State, Federal, or tribal approval or licensing. Additionally, if you have any questions concerning any information found on this page, please contact globallicensure@cmich.edu.​​​