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What Is State Authorization?
Institutions must obtain approval from states for local and distance postsecondary educational activities relevant to the delivery of educational programs. Activities include online learning, non-classroom experiences, faculty members who live outside of North Carolina, proctoring, professional licensure and marketing. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010. H 600.9 (c).

In What States Is Southwestern Community College Authorized To Offer Online Courses?
Southwestern Community College has been approved by NC to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

The states in which the college is authorized to serve students are listed below. If you reside in a state not on this list, you are not eligible to register for online classes at SCC at this time. If you have questions, please contact our admissions office at admissions[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu.

NC-SARA States 
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia
Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma North Dakota
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont
Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin
Wyoming      
 

Is Southwestern Community College accredited?
Yes, Southwestern Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Ln, Decatur, GA 30033, (404) 679-4500,  to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

What if I need help resolving a complaint?
If you have a complaint, you should attempt to resolve the complaint through the SCC grievance procedure.

Complaints should be addressed to the attention of the supervising dean (email and phone contact information contained in the included directory link): Complaint forms will be mailed to:

Southwestern Community College
447 Drive, Sylva, NC 28779
828.339.4400
Website: Complaint Grievance Procedures
Form: Student Complaint Information Sheet and Form

If a complaint cannot be resolved through SCC’s grievance procedures, students may file a complaint with SARA-NC (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement-North Carolina)

Contact Information:
SARA North Carolina Director,
NCSEAA
PO Box 14103
Research Triangle
Park, NC 27709 or email to
complaint[at]saranc[dot]org

These resources may also be helpful in resolving complaints:

The North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints Unit.
Please review the Student Complaint Policy then print and complete the Student Complaint Form (PDF) and submit the complaint to:
North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
919.962.4550 or send an email to: studentcomplaint[at]northcarolina[dot]edu

Website: North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints

Regional Accreditor (SACSCOC) Complaint Process

If a student has evidence that an institution is in significant non-compliance with SACSCOC standards, policies or procedures, the individual should inform SACSCOC using the Complaints Against Institutions: Information Sheet and Form.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
404.679.4500
 

What about licensure programs offered by Southwestern Community College?

If considering a program at SCC that leads to state licensure, we are happy to assist.  Please contact the people below with questions:

Mitch Fischer - Dean of Health Sciences
800.447.4091, ext. 4331

Randy McCall - Cosmetology Program Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4238

Please use this link to learn about the appropriate licensing or certification organization for your program.

Although we strive to connect you with the best information possible, Southwestern Community College cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina.


Questions? Please submit a Help Ticket to SCC E-Learning
(under "Select Type of Help," choose "Blackboard Assistance")
 
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