Dixie Online, DSU’s online campus, is directed by the Office of Distance & Digital Learning (DDL). DDL works closely with student leaders, faculty and staff to advance, educate, promote and direct digital learning offerings and services on campus, and beyond.
Dixie State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Northwest is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally-recognized body provides assurance to students, parents and all stakeholders that DSU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance, http://www.nwccu.org/.
In addition to DSU’s Northwest accreditation, many of DSU’s academic programs carry specialized accreditation specific to the field.
We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. Utah is a member of SARA and DSU is an approved SARA institution. As such, we adhere to an established common set of standards for offering post-secondary distance education among member states, districts and territories.
Participation in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates.
Dixie State University is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all states, with the exceptions noted below in the state-by-state list. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence. For more information about SARA, please visit http://www.nc-sara.org/.
As an approved SARA institution, Dixie State University is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the following states:
District of Columbia
Other approved authorized states with additional information noted:
As an out-of-state public institution, Dixie State University is not under the purview of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, thus Bureau approval for DSU Online to offer its programs to residents of California is not required. Therefore, DSU is in compliance with California regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Because Dixie State University does not have a physical presence in the state, DSU is not required by the Florida Commission for Independent Education to obtain approval from the Commission to offer its programs to residents of Florida. Therefore, DSU is in compliance with Florida regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Because Dixie State University does not have a physical presence in Guam, DSU is not required by the Guam Council on Postsecondary Institution Certification to obtain approval from the Council to offer its programs to residents of Guam. Therefore, DSU is in compliance with Guam regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Because Dixie State University does not have a physical presence in state, DSU is not required by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Massachusetts. Therefore, DSU is in compliance with Massachusetts regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Because Dixie State University is approved by the Northwest, a crediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, DSU is not required by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education to obtain approval from the Department to offer its programs to residents of the Virgin Islands. Therefore, DSU is in compliance with Virgin Islands regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
DSU does not imply, promise, or guarantee that credits earned at the University will transfer to other institutions, since such determinations are made according to the policies of the receiving institution. If you are considering transferring to another school, it is your responsibility to determine whether that school will accept your academic credits. You are encouraged to make this determination as early as possible.
DSU is committed to integrating institutional objectives in innovative ways to demonstrate excellence, access and impact in all of our online offerings. We value the student experience and urge all students to adhere to the code of student rights and responsibilities.
Distance education students living outside of the state of Utah who have a complaint against DSU should first file a complaint with the institution. If DSU does not resolve the complaint, students may file a complaint with the Utah Board of Regents. The Board of Regents will only consider complaints that were previously unresolved by the institution and may refer a complaint to another agency for investigation.
To file a complaint against a UT-SARA institution, you must:
- File within two years of the date of the incident;
- First file and follow through with the institution’s complaint process. If the complaint is not resolved after going through the institutional complaint process, students may file with UT-SARA.
- Address a complaint that the institution violated a standard or regulation of the terms of SARA; and
- Be a student at a UT-SARA institution
Utah students may not use UT-SARA to complain about distance education courses offered by a Utah institution, only distance education courses offered by a postsecondary institution in another state.
Students outside Utah involved with distance and correspondence education from a UT-SARA institution may file a complaint with UT-SARA. They can also file a complaint with their state’s enforcement authority.
Once a complaint is filed, UT-SARA will conduct a review within five business days. If the complaint fits within the SARA jurisdiction, investigation and follow up will take place. If the complaint does not fall under the SARA jurisdiction, it may be referred to another entity for investigation and follow up.