Continuing Education

Information for Non-Wisconsin Students Enrolled in Distance Learning Education

Distance Learning Education - State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Pursuant to Wis. Stats. Ch. 39.85, et. al, the State of Wisconsin is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the Midwestern Higher Education Compact which regulates the manner in which participating institutions may offer distance learning education to students who reside in other states. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a participating institution in MSARA. The terms and conditions of SARA can be found at If a student has a complaint that involves distance learning education offered under the terms and conditions of SARA, the student must file a complaint with the institution first to seek resolution. Undergraduate students should follow the grievance procedure found here. Graduate students should follow the grievance procedure found here. If no resolution is reached, then the student may file a complaint with the Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB) through the following State Authorization Reciprocity Complaint Process at the following link: or by email to For purposes of this process, a complaint shall be defined as a formal assertion in writing that the terms of this agreement, or of laws, standards or regulations incorporated by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Policies and Standards have been violated by the institution operating under the terms of SARA.

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Georgia Residents

Georgia residents enrolled in fully online programs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater are encouraged to utilize the grievance procedure or the UW System complaint process for complaints. In addition, Georgia residents are permitted to follow the complaint process by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission of the State of Georgia. This process can be found at the NPEC website.

Maryland Residents

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s online MBA program is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Maryland residents enrolled in the online MBA at UW-Whitewater will be subject to Maryland’s refund policy.

Maryland residents enrolled in the online MBA program are encouraged to utilize UW-Whitewater’s grievance procedure or the UW System complaint process before filing a complaint with the following state agency: Maryland Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, or call 410-528-8662, or 888-743-0823 (toll free). UW-Whitewater is subject to investigation of complaints by the Maryland Education Commission.

Minnesota Residents

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a member of the University of Wisconsin System and is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, 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.

Professional Licensure

Important Note for Students: If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended you contact the appropriate licensing agency where you plan to receive instruction before beginning your academic program. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license.