State Authorization

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State Authorization 

The U.S. Department of Education regulation 600.9(c) State Authorization (released October 29th, 2010) mandates all institutions offering distance education in a state where they have no physical presence, must meet individual state requirements. These requirements are determined by the individual state’s Department of Education for offering distance or correspondence education within that state.  

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Electronic Campus

Gaston College is a member of the SREB, which allows students to enroll in online/distance education classes from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.Southern Regional Education Board Electronic Campus logo

The SREB’s Electronic Campus is a comprehensive source for information about higher education and e-learning opportunities in the south. The Electronic Campus provides a one-stop place for students seeking to find online educational opportunities and services that match their individual needs.  The SREB Electronic Campus will end its operations on June 30, 2017.

SARA NC

Gaston College has been approved for membership to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement North Carolina (SARA NC). SARA NC is a program of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA).  The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member U.S. states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. The primary objectives of SARA are to make it easier for institutions in North Carolina to provide online and distance education options to students in other states and to provide basic protections for those students. 

NC-SARA

NC-SARA-Approved-Institution-logo-roundGaston College has been approved by North Carolina (SARA-NC) to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which allows students to enroll in online distance education classes from most of the United States and several territories.  The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. The primary objectives of SARA are to make it easier for institutions in North Carolina to provide online and distance education options to students in other states and to provide basic protections for those students.