Online Learning 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.
Online Learning for Out‑of‑State Students
In order to provide online learning programs to students that reside in states other than North Carolina, SCC must meet a state's requirements for those programs to be offered in that state. Currently, SCC is authorized or authorization is not required in the following states:
- New Hampshire
- New York
Complaint Process for In‑State and Out‑of‑State Students
Surry Community College desires to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. Students residing outside of the State of North Carolina while attending SCC who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the College's Student Grievance Procedure. However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your State. Surry Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The Student Grievance Contact Information for Individual States provides phone numbers, emails and/or links to state education agencies.
- Student Complaint Information by State and Agency
- Directory of State Authorization Agencies and Lead Contacts
Surry Community College is working to achieve compliance as established in HEOA 600.9 (c).
"If an institution is offering postsecondary 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 postsecondary 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).”