West Virginia Northern Community College

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State Authorization for Distance Education


West Virginia Northern Community College has been approved by the State of West Virginia 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.

What is SARA?

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and 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. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

What are the benefits of SARA to students?

  • Expands access to educational offerings.
  • Should lead to better resolution of complaints from students in SARA states.
  • Reduces a rapidly growing institutional cost that is in one way or another passed along to students.
  • Should enhance overall quality of distance education

For more information regarding NC-SARA, go to: www.nc-sara.org.


Refer to the map below to determine if WVNCC is accepting students from your state of residency.

  • WVNCC’s participation in NC-SARA means that the college is approved to accept students from those states indicated as SARA Approved.
  • WVNCC is approved to accept students from those states indicated as Authorized or Exempt.
  • WVNCC is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board and is authorized to accept students from those states indicated as SREB.

State Authorization Map

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