A State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among its member states, districts 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 in a state other than the one where they reside. (Courtesy of NC-SARA)
Carteret Community College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
Students enrolled in online/ distance courses at Carteret CC who have a complaint about grades, College decisions, or other Carteret CC procedures should follow the College’s policies for Student Complaints and Grade Appeals process.
Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, Carteret Community College, and all other colleges or universities that receive Title IV monies, is required to provide all prospective and current students with contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions.
Students are encouraged to submit concerns following the institutional complaint process in Section 7.6 of the College Catalog & Student Handbook.
For further information, please contact Dean Lewis Stroud:
Students may also submit complaints to SARA North Carolina (SARA NC), a program of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, to:
c/o SARA North Carolina Director
PO Box 41349
Raleigh, NC 27629
For more information, visit the SARA NC website.
Students may also file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice (DOJ). Submit complaints to:
Consumer Protection Division
Attorney General’s Office
Mail Service Center 9001
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
North Carolina residents: 877.566.7226
Other state residents: 919.716.6000
En Español: 919.716.0058
Carteret Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). With complaints, contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500.
If a complaint cannot be resolved through the institution’s grievance procedures, students may file a complaint with The University of North Carolina System Office. Submit the complaint to:
North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
223 S. West Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Per the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) guidelines, students not residing in North Carolina may also submit complaints to their appropriate state agency.
Certain areas of study at Carteret Community College prepare students to sit for professional licensure or certification examinations that are required to work in North Carolina. If you plan to work outside of North Carolina, below is information to help you determine if CarteretCC’s curriculum will meet educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in other states.
NC-SARA also provides additional information regarding Professional Licensure on their website.