State authorization deals with the legal requirements for a college to offer instruction in that state. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.
“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).”
At this time College of The Albemarle (COA) is authorized to offer Distance Learning classes to residents in the following states:
*Ohio: exemption letter on file in Distance Education programs office — cannot offer any on-ground components (e.g. clinical, practicum, internship, externship, etc.)
**Washington: cannot offer any on-ground components (e.g. clinical, practicum, internship, externship, etc.)
Disclosure of Consumer Information: Your Right to Know
COA is committed to providing students, their families and the campus community full disclosure of all consumer information as required by state and federal regulations. These laws are intended to satisfy your right to know and help you make fully informed choices regarding the institution you elect to attend.
Consumer and disclosure information relating to current degrees and programs offered by the college, accreditation information, credit transfer policies, and lists of faculty and administrative personnel can all be found in the current catalog.
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Questions? Please contact the Office of Admissions at 252-335-0821 ext. 2220.
These instructions are specifically for submitting unresolved complaints to our regional accreditation agency.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) expects individuals to attempt to resolve complaints against COA through all means available to the complainant, including following the college’s own procedures, before submitting a complaint to the Commission. Therefore, the Commission’s usual practice is to not consider a complaint that is currently in administrative proceedings, institutional proceedings or litigation. However, if there’s substantial, credible evidence that indicates systemic problems with an accredited institution, the Commission may, at its discretion, choose to proceed with the review.
In order to be considered, a formal complaint must be submitted in writing using the Commission’s Complaint Policy and Form. Please mail two signed copies to:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Ln
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
The Commission will not consider complaints that are:
- Not in writing.
- Sent on behalf of another individual or forwarded to the Commission.
- Sent anonymously, electronically or through facsimile transmission.
Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989
The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989 requires that all students be notified annually of our school’s Alcohol and Controlled Substance Use Policy and Drug Free Workplace Policy.
- Cost of attendance.
- Description of need and non-need aid types.
- Application procedures and processes.
- Student eligibility requirements.
- Student rights and responsibilities.
- Criteria for selection of recipients and awarding funds.
- Disbursement information.
- Refund and repayment policies.
- Satisfactory academic progress policy for financial aid.
- Appeal procedures.
- Financial aid availability for students abroad.
- VA/military benefits.
For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 252-335-0821 ext. 2355.
To file a complaint concerning a postsecondary institution offering degree programs in North Carolina, please fill out and email the student complaint form to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also send by mail to the address listed on the form: attention Terrence Scarborough, Director for Licensure, at the University of North Carolina General Administration. Complaints concerning any of the 58 North Carolina Community colleges can also be submitted directly to Dr. Lisa M. Chapman, Senior Vice President, Programs and Student Services/Chief Academic Officer:
North Carolina Community College System
Dr. Lisa M. Chapman
5016 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-5016
Coordinator, Distance Education Programs
Elizabeth City Campus: B 209
252-335-0821 ext. 2219