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In Their Own Words: An Introspective Look at State Authorization Compliance Professionals

As a membership organization made up of nearly 900 institutions across the United States, the SAN team considers it of the upmost importance to provide opportunities for our institutional colleagues to share the unique experiences of working in compliance at their respective institutions. It is in this spirit that we invited a select number of individuals to participate in a brief interview that serves to better understand the unique complexities of those working in State Authorization Compliance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and small or faith-based institutions (those with less than 10,000 students). We consider this to be important to the advancement of the knowledge surrounding State Authorization and Interstate Compliance Professionals.

We are pleased to share the themes, thoughts, and insights that were gleaned from those who participated in our interviews. We sincerely thank the participants for taking the time to share their wisdom and experiences with us and find their contributions greatly valuable. We would relish the opportunity to hear from more of our colleagues. Please feel welcome to contact Dr. Jana Walser-Smith ( or Kathryn Kerensky, J.D. ( if you are interested. We present to you several major themes that emerged from our interviews and have included quotes and comments from our interview participants below and refer to them by their chosen pseudonym.[...]

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