Gatekeepers of Quality and the Engineers of Excellence
History: The Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency was established in 1953 as a federally funded state agency to serve Oklahoma veterans after the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, Title 38, United States.
Vision: The Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency (SAA) seeks to insure every veteran/eligible person and reservist a full and fair opportunity to reach his/her full potential and to insure quality instruction and ethical administration for every veteran/eligible person and reservist who enters an approved educational or training program.
Mission: The SAA will perform all duties necessary for the inspection, approval and oversight of education and training programs offered by qualified educational institutions and training establishments, as well as tests for licensing and certification.
Administration: The agency is governed by a five-member board that meets quarterly and for special meetings. Staff includes the executive director, deputy director, accrediting officers, and administrative support staff.
Purpose: Through a contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this agency is responsible for approving education and training entities to allow veterans to access their GI Bill® benefits. This includes Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), Non-Degree Schools (NCD), On-the-Job Training (OJT), and Apprenticeships (APP). Additionally, the agency conducts compliance reviews to determine if institutions are following the requirements necessary to serve veterans.
The Numbers: Currently, the SAA oversees over 700 approved facilities.
|The Oklahoma SAA is a member of the National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA). NASAA advocates for quality education and training programs for our nation's veterans. Please click here to learn more about NASAA.|
|GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.|