NC SARA

STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT (SARA) 

New River Community & Technical College (NRCTC) has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Through NRCTC’s voluntary participation in NC-SARA, the institution is able to deliver educational experiences outside of West Virginia.  To learn more about SARA, please visit: https://www.nc-sara.org/ 

State Authorization Student Complaint Procedure 

NRCTC desires to resolve student grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. Students residing outside of West Virginia while attending NRCTC who desire to resolve a grievance should first follow the college’s complaint procedure found in the NRCTC Student Handbook, Student Grievance Procedure section: https://www.newriver.edu/student-handbook/ 

The student should begin the complaint process with the institution and if resolution is not found, the student would contact the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Student Complaint Process:  https://www.wvhepc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Student-Complaint-Process.pdf 

Furthermore, the student may also contact the institution’s home state SARA Portal Entity:  https://nc-sara.org/state-portal-entity-contacts 

NRCTC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The HLC provides complaint procedures against the accrediting commission or its accredited institutions: https://www.hlcommission.org/Students-Communities/complaints.html 

Professional Licensure 

Professional Licensure is defined a process of State or other governmental entities that establishes standards of practice and gives legal permission to practice a profession by providing licenses or certifications to individuals who meet those standards (Sara Policy Manual, pg. 12:  https://www.nc-sara.org/sara-policy-manual ).  

NRCTC programs that are accredited by discipline and may or may not lead to licensure in West Virginia: 

While students who successfully complete a licensure preparation program at NRCTC will be prepared to pursue licensure in West Virginia, it has not yet been determined if those programs meet licensure requirements in states or U.S. territories beyond West Virginia Students are strongly encouraged to work with the academic department and the applicable professional licensure board in the state in which they intend to pursue licensing PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT AT NRCTC to ensure all licensure requirements are satisfactorily met.  

To assist, NC-SARA has a site for professional licensure information for students: https://nc-sara.org/resources/professional-licensure