State Authorization

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Westmoreland County community college is a SARA-approved institution through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. For the purposes of SARA Distance Education is defined as: instruction offered by any means where the student and faculty member are in separate physical locations. It includes, but is not limited to, online, interactive video and correspondence courses or programs (SARA Manual, Section 1.12).

 

APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES

As a SARA institution, Westmoreland County Community College is approved to offer distance education to students in the following states and territories of the United States of America:

Alabama

Kansas

New Jersey

Texas

Alaska

Kentucky

New Mexico

Utah

Arizona

Louisiana

New York

Vermont

Arkansas

Maine

North Carolina

Virginia

Colorado

Maryland

North Dakota

Washington

Connecticut

Michigan

Ohio

Washington D.C. (District of Columbia)

Delaware

Minnesota

Oklahoma

West Virginia

Georgia

Mississippi

Oregon

Wisconsin

Hawaii

Missouri

Pennsylvania

 Wyoming

Idaho

Montana

Rhode Island

 

Illinois

Nebraska

South Carolina

 

Indiana

Nevada

South Dakota

 

Iowa

New Hampshire

Tennessee

 

 

NON APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES

Currently, Westmoreland County Community College cannot offer distance education coursework to students located in the following areas:

California

American Samoa

Florida

Guam

Massachusetts

Northern Mariana Islands

 U.S. Virgin Islands

Puerto Rico

 For the most current list of participating SARA states and institutions, please check: http://www.nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions

 

Process for Resolving Academic Complaints

Students experiencing academic concerns are encouraged to utilize the Procedure for Resolution Involving Grades and Academic Issues protocol located in the Westmoreland County Community College Student Handbook. If a person bringing a complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional

process for handling complaints, the complaint (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the SARA portal entity in the home state of the institution against which the complaint has been issued. That entity shall notify the SARA portal entity for the state in which the student is located of receipt of that appealed complaint.

 

To file a complaint with the state of Pennsylvania, please submit a completed Higher Education Complaint Form to:

 

Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education

Pennsylvania Department of Education

333 Market Street, 12th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Fax: 717-772-3622

E-mail:  RA-pls@pa.gov (for submission of form or questions)

 

Professional Licensure

Professional Licensure Issues – SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Westmoreland County Community College cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state of residence

 

Consumer Information

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