State Authorization 101

This webcast will focus on sharing experiences in managing state authorizations for different types of institutions. Exploring best practices of the management of state authorization processes and providing insights and experience on approaches to successfully navigate the state authorization environment.

Who should attend this webcast? All SAN members are invited but the target audience is aimed at those folks who work “in the trenches” on state authorization issues at their institution. This webcast will cover the basics; for those who are just starting or have just been assigned the state authorization responsibilities at their institutions.

This webcast is free and open to all SAN members.



Sharyl ThompsonSharyl Thompson
Higher Education Regulatory (HER) Consulting

Sharyl Thompson,started state authorization work in 2001 as an employee of Capella University. Throughout her 11-year tenure at Capella, she gained strong expertise in all facets of state authorization, consulted and reported on professional licensure and how it intersects with state authorization, and participated in regional and programmatic accreditation activities. Sharyl laid the foundation of state authorization compliance at Capella and in her later years became the external facing representative for state authorization activities. It was during this time that the awareness of state authorization spread across the country with the U.S. Department of Education Program Integrity Rules. Because of her experience in the field, Sharyl was invited to present at numerous conferences and took on leadership roles in national initiatives for state authorization. Sharyl has also authored several articles on state authorization through WCET and has led numerous presentations and webinars.

In early 2012, Sharyl was recruited by American College of Education to be Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance. While there, she led the institution in obtaining nine state authorizations within a year and did extensive research and analysis on professional licensure of teachers and K-12 administrators. Sharyl was invited to be a member of the original Drafting Team for SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement), and was the sole institutional representative. The hard work done by this team created the framework for the agreement currently being adopted by states, which allows for reciprocity of state authorization between member states.

In early 2014, Sharyl formed Higher Education Regulatory (HER) Consulting to assist institutions with navigating the work of state authorization compliance. She serves clients from all sectors with short-term projects to longer-term relationships as a state authorization resource.

Jeannie Yockey-FineJeannie Yockey-Fine
Senior Manager,
State Regulatory Services,
Cooley LLP

Jeannie Yockey-Fine works with attorneys and other professionals in the firm's Higher Education Practice to provide client institutions and organizations with expert assistance and guidance related to state authorization and regulation of higher education institutions, state institutional license application review, as well as state-level professional licensure. Jeannie joined the Higher Education Practice of Dow Lohnes (now Cooley LLP) as Senior Manager, State Regulatory Services in 2011.

Before joining the Higher Education Practice, Jeannie served as Licensure Manager and Educational Policy Analyst at the Florida Department of Education's Commission for Independent Education, reporting directly to the Executive Director. In that role she was responsible for overseeing compliance with Florida rules governing private postsecondary institutions as well as monitoring trends affecting postsecondary education in states around the country. Jeannie has her JD and BSJ from the University of Kansas.

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