State Authorization Information
- What Is State Authorization?
State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with a college’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010.
HEOA 600.9 (c).
If an institution is offering post-secondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a state in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering post-secondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary [of Education] the State’s approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)
- In What States Is Bladen Community College Authorized To Offer Online Courses?
As a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Bladen Community College is authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in all states, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, with the exceptions of California and Massachusetts.
Bladen Community College is not authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
- Is Bladen Community College Accredited?
Bladen Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Bladen Community College.
- If a student has a complaint, the student should attempt to resolve the complaint through the Bladen Community College grievance procedure.
Bladen Community College Vice President for Student Services, Mr. Barry Priest
910-879-5579 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- If a complaint cannot be resolved through the Bladen Community College’s grievance procedures, students may file a complaint with:
North Carolina’s State Authorization Portal: SARA NC (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement North Carolina)
c/o SARA North Carolina
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
Telephone: (919) 962-4550
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 SACSCOC Complaint Procedure.
- What about licensure programs offered by Bladen Community College?
Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion. All Bladen Community College academic programs prepare students to sit for applicable licensure and/or certification in North Carolina. In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure, Bladen Community College is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure and/or certification outside the state of North Carolina.
Bladen Community College cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina. Please contact Applicable Licensure Boards in any state you may want to pursue licensure and/or certification prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure and/or certification requirements.
If you do not live in North Carolina and are considering a program at Bladen Community College that leads to licensure or certification, please contact the dean of the degree program to discuss licensure options.
Cosmetology – Audrey Lewis (email@example.com) or 910-879-5609).
Allied Health Programs (Nursing, EMS) – Sharron Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-879-5532)
Early Childhood Education – Dr. Priscilla Causey-Pope (email@example.com or 910-879-5554)
- Other Important Links and Information.
For more information about distance learning programs/procedures at Bladen Community College, contact Mr. Ray Sheppard (firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-879-5542).
For Assistance with a Moodle course – Dr. Maurice Mitchell (email@example.com) 910-879-5606
For Assistance with Email – Mr. Philip Pope (firstname.lastname@example.org) 910-879-5510
For Assistance with student Webadvisor –Mr. David Gooden (email@example.com) 910-879-5521