NC-SARA

Out-of-State Students & NC-SARA

  • NC-SARAJefferson State Community College is approved by the State of Alabama to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA).  NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
  • California is the only state that does not currently participate in NC-SARA.  Jefferson State Community College is an out-of-state public institution with no physical presence in California, and is not under the purview of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education.  Bureau approval for Jefferson State Community College to offer its online programs to residents of California is not required.   Jefferson State Community College is in compliance with California regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
  • Student complaints against an institution operating under NC-SARA go first through the institution’s own procedures.  Out-of-State students who file complaints or appeals should follow procedures outlined in the “Jefferson State Community College Catalog and Student Handbook.”   If institutional procedures have been completed and the situation is not resolved then the student may proceed to the State Portal Entity to complete a written complaint.