Louisiana RS 17 1808 requires all academic degree-granting institutions operating in the State of Louisiana to register with the Board of Regents and be licensed unless otherwise exempt.
Academic Degree-Granting Institutions
Licensure Process for Institutions Operating in Louisiana:
For institutions domiciled in Louisiana, the term operating applies to the offering of courses and programs through any modality. For institutions domiciled outside Louisiana, the term operate shall mean the offering of courses that are physically delivered in the State of Louisiana and/or require clinical experiences in the State of Louisiana. The term clinical experiences shall mean site-based learning activities (e.g. clinical, internships, student teaching, practicum, field-based experiences, etc.) in settings (e.g. hospitals, schools, businesses, etc.) in which students are working with patients, children, teachers, principals, etc. in Louisiana and are observed/assisted/evaluated by supervisors, preceptors, coaches, teachers, principals, or other individuals to determine that course and program requirements have been addressed. SARA-approved institutions which offer interstate supervised clinical experiences in Louisiana are exempt from licensure if the interstate supervised field experiences place fewer than 11 students from each program in Louisiana who are physically present simultaneously at a single facility/site.
For more information on the licensure process, please see the Compiled Rules and Regulations.
Renewal Application – For institutions already licensed by the Board.
Initial Application – For Existing Academic degree-granting institutions seeking licensure with Louisiana due to a new location or other physical presence trigger.
Newly Domiciled Application – For NEW academic-degree granting institutions domiciled in Louisiana. If granted licensure, NEW Louisiana domiciled unaccredited institutions are also required to post a surety bond issued by a surety authorized to do business in the state of Louisiana in the amount of $10,000 to cover the period of the license and submit the Surety Bond Form New LA Academic Degree Granting Institutions.
If you have questions regarding the licensure process, please contact Courtney Britton at Courtney.Britton@laregents.edu.
Religious Degree-Granting Institutions
Religious Exemption and Registration:
Exemption from licensure is restricted to institutions named in law and religious institutions that grant religious degrees exclusively. The degrees must be religious in nature by title and content. While religious institutions are exempt from licensure, registration is mandatory every year.
Board of Regents will be moving application processes for institutional licensure and authorization to an online platform in 2023. To allow for the most efficient process without duplication of applications, Religious Registration applications will go live on the platform in the first Quarter of 2023.
If you have questions regarding religious exemption and registration, please contact Courtney Britton at Courtney.Britton@laregents.edu.
Click here for a list of currently registered religious institutions in Louisiana.
Teacher Education and Educational Leader Courses and Programs:
Teacher Education and Educational Leader courses and programs may warrant additional requirements and approvals.
For more information please contact Dr. Susannah Craig at Susannah.Craig@laregents.edu or Ms. Melissa Anders at Melissa.Anders@laregents.edu.
For more information regarding participation in SARA please visit this portion of our website or please contact LeAnn Detillier at LeAnn. Detillier@laregents.edu.
The Master Plan
To move Louisiana aggressively forward, the Board of Regents has embraced a robust new attainment goal that calls for 60% of all working-age adults (ages 25-64) in Louisiana to hold a degree or high-value credential by 2030. As we stand on the brink of a new decade, this Master Plan, born of the Board of Regents’ unique charge to guide postsecondary education across the state, will set the foundation to increase opportunity. Our Talent Imperative is to Educate, Innovate, and Collaborate.
Master Plan for Higher Education