State Authorization

Institutional Accreditation

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2023. BGSU is committed to complying with all federal and state regulations. Federal and state regulations require all institutions of higher education comply with existing state laws. 

State Authorization (NC-SARA)

As of July 15, 2016 - BGSU is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is an agreement among member states, districts 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. NC-SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. Institutions that are members of NC-SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all NC-SARA member states. For more information about the NC-SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, please visit

Benefits to Students
  • Expands access to educational offerings
    Lead to better resolution of complaints from students in SARA states
  • Improves coordination between states on higher education opportunities
    Reduces institutional cost and bureaucracy that is at times passed along to students
    Enhances overall quality of distance education
  • Provides valuable oversight of distance education programs.
  • Access to out-of-state learning experience data like clinical hours and practice teaching
Complaint Resolution

BGSU is committed to providing all students with an exceptional educational experience and strives to work with students to resolve any issues that may arise. United States Department of Education regulations (34 CFR 668.43(b)) require institutions of higher education to have a process to handle complaints for prospective and enrolled students. Students are encouraged to pursue BGSU's internal complaint process for any grievances before contacting external sources for resolution.  

BGSU has established procedures for handling complaints including grade changes, discrimination, other classroom allegations, and academic dishonesty charges. Detailed information regarding policies and procedures is available for students and faculty in the Student Handbook. If a conflict arises, students are encouraged to reach out to appropriate personnel to discuss concerns, grievances and complaints.  

Complaints specifically related to institutional effectivess or distance education may be emailed to or 

Grade appeals

Students have a right to appeal decisions on grades. The student should first contact the department from which the grade was received. A member of each department, who is not a major departmental administrator, is designated to hear complaints, gather information, talk with both students and faculty, mediate disputes or identify appropriate channels for solving problems. If the dispute cannot be resolved at this level then the student should state the full particulars of the appeal in writing and submit them to the department chair or policy committee. If the matter is not resolved at the department level, the student may request a hearing before the academic arbitration board of the appropriate school or college. However, the sole responsibility and authority for determining grades rests with the faculty member who assigned the grade. This appeals procedure also may be used if a student believes an opportunity should be provided to make up work missed during absence from classes.

Procedures for Filing Allegations of Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Bowling Green State University strives to create and maintain a positive academic and social environment both on-campus and in the greater community. There are times, however, when members of our community may feel that others have engaged in actions that diminish either the environment or disrespect the individual. In these instances, members of the community have the right to file a complaint with the University. The procedures outlined below address how and where a complaint involving discrimination or harassment in any form should be documented and filed with the University, as well as the procedures utilized by the University to investigate and resolve the complaint. Questions regarding any step of the process should be directed to the Office of Equity, Opportunity & Compliance (419-372-6872) or the Office of the Dean of Students (419-372-2843).
If you have concerns about any of the processes listed above or do not know where to go or with whom to speak with, you may contact the Title IX Coordinator or file a report: Complaint Form.

External Resources

Pursuant to 34 CFR 668.43(b), U.S. Department of Education's Federal Integrity Rules, requires Bowling Green State University to provide students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its state approval or licensing entity if an issue cannot be resolved by BGSU's internal process. Students who reside in NC-SARA States may choose to file a complaint with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Students residing in states not participating in NC-SARA may appeal to their state of residence. Please see below to find the contact information for each state agency that would handle the complaint.   

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL  60604

Ohio Board of Regents
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH  43215-3414

State Agency Contact Information

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Colorado Department of Higher Education

Connecticut Office of Higher Education

Delaware Department of Education

District of Columbia
District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission

Florida Commission for Independent Education

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program

Idaho State Board of Education

Illinois Board of Higher Education

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Iowa College Student Aid Commission

Kansas Board of Regents

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Board of Regents, State of Louisiana

Maine Department of Education

Maryland Higher Education Commission

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Missouri Department of Higher Education

Montana University System

Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Department of Education - HEC

New Jersey
New Jersey Secretary for Higher Education

New Mexico
New Mexico Higher Education Department

New York
New York Office of College and University Evaluation

North Carolina
University of North Carolina Board of Governors

North Dakota
North Dakota University System

Ohio Department of Higher Education

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Oregon Office of Degree Authorization

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education
PO Box 1900
San Juan, PR 00910-1900

Puerto Rico Department of Justice
PO 9020192
San Juan, PR 00902-0192

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education

South Carolina
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

South Dakota
South Dakota Secretary of State's Office

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Texas Workforce Commission

Utah Division of Consumer Protection

Vermont State Board of Education

Virginia State Council of Higher Education

Washington Student Achievement Council

West Virginia
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board

Wyoming Department of Education

Updated: 03/25/2024 01:57PM