Out-of-State Students & NC-SARA
- Jefferson 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.
- A list of NC-SARA State Portal Entity Contacts is available through the NC-SARA webpage.
- Since California is not an NC-SARA member, students can direct complaints to the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
Professional Licensure Resources for Students Not Located in Alabama
- In the event of institutional closure, Jefferson State Community College will, at a minimum, observe the procedures stated in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) document entitled, “Closing a Program, Site, Branch or Institution”. Information for students and potential students about obtaining records from closed institutions can be found on the websites of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) and SACSCOC.In the event that Jefferson State Community College decides to discontinue a program before all enrolled students have completed their program of study, the college will implement a teach-out plan in accordance with the requirements of its accreditor, SACSCOC.
Disaster Recovery Plan and ITS Backup Procedures
Jefferson State Community College has a current disaster recovery plan and backup procedures on file. Please direct all inquiries concerning this to Colin Eubanks, Chief Information Officer, [email protected].