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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|District of Columbia
- SARA North Carolina Portal Liason:
- Contact and Complaint Resolution Information For Other States
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.
- Southwestern Community College Institutional Status with SACSCOC
- Link to the SACSCOC Website - www.sacscoc.org
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):
- Barbara Putman - Dean of Arts and Sciences
- Danell Moses - Dean of Career Technologies
- Melissa Hyatt - Dean of Health Sciences
- Curtis Dowdle - Dean of Public Safety Training
- Mark Ellison - Dean of Students
Complaint forms will be mailed to:
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)
SARA North Carolina
North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
c/o SARA North Carolina
P.O. Box 41349
Raleigh, NC 27629 or email to
Phone contact: (855) SARA1NC, toll free or (855) 727-2162, toll free
These resources may also be helpful in resolving complaints:
c/o Student Complaints
223 S. West Street, Suite 1800
Raleigh NC 27603
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: Policy Sheet and Form.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
What about licensure programs offered by Southwestern Community College?
If you are considering taking a course, or enrolling in a program at Southwestern Community College that leads to licensure or certification and you do not live in North Carolina, please contact the individual below that corresponds to your program of interest to discuss licensure options prior to beginning your course of study.
Melissa Hyatt - Dean of Health Sciences (EMS, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Opticianry, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiography, and Respiratory Therapy)
800.447.4091, ext. 4331 or email@example.com, 447 College Drive, Sylva NC 28779
Randy McCall - Cosmetology Program Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4238 or firstname.lastname@example.org, 447 College Drive, Sylva NC 28779
Disclosures will be provided for all states and will indicate whether the program meets the State educational requirements for licensure or certification, does not meet the state educational requirements for licensure or certification, or a determination has not been made. The links below also lead to contact information for licensure in other states (for degree programs at SCC):
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Physical Therapy Assistant
- Respiratory Therapy
For information concerning continuing education certificates and programs leading to professional licensure, please visit the Workforce Development Professional Licensure Disclosure page.
This information is updated annually each Spring. Although we strive to connect you with the best information possible, Southwestern Community College encourages students to confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina prior to enrolling. Contact your faculty advisor for assistance in this process.