Private Postsecondary

Approved Distance Education Opportunities in Oregon

In-state Institutions and Programs

Many learners find the flexibility of online or distance education works best to meet their goals.

Many of Oregon’s seven public universities and 17 community colleges are leaders in distance education offerings.

In addition, many of the state’s authorized private degree-granting Oregon institutions ​also offer approved distance education coursework and programs.

Students and families are encouraged to explore the websites of Oregon public and authorized private institutions to learn more about program options.

Out-of-state Institutions and Programs

In addition, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission authorizes out of state programs and institutions to offer distance education in Oregon by one of two means:

Direct Authorization or Exemption by the HECC Office of Degree Authorization (ODA)
​Authorization to operate in Oregon under State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) 
  • 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. In-state institutions are authorized to offer distance education by SARA.