State Authorization

National Council for State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA)


Texas A&M University-Central Texas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

State Authorization

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) provides the nation with a state wide process to expand the opportunities for educational achievement of people by aligning standards and practices across states and creating processes to effectively address quality in online and distance education programs while reducing costs to states, institutions and consumers. Participation in SARA allows Texas A&M University-Central Texas to offer distance education programs and courses in other SARA states without having to obtain approval from each state.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).  NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

Distance Learning Student Grievance Process

To ensure compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrity Rules, Texas A&M University-Central Texas must provide out-of-state distance learning students and out-of-state prospective students with the contact information and complaint filing process for each state’s licensing board and any other agency that would be responsible for the complaint.

Distance learning students who reside out-of-state must follow the institution’s standard procedure for resolution of student grievances. If a resolution is not met by following TAMU-CT’s complaint process, students may file the complaint with the SARA portal agency in the institution’s home state.  The state where the student resides may also resolve the complaint.

Although students may use their own state’s SARA office to resolve a complaint, the SARA office in the state where the institution is located is responsible for staffing, investigating, and resolving the complaint.  Students who are classified as “in state” may not use SARA to complain about distance education courses offered inside the state, only those offered outside the state.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas Student Complaint Process

NC-SARA Student Complaint Process Information

SARA Member States

For a list of SARA member States, please visit the NC-SARA website

For a list of SARA State points of contact visit the State Portal Entity Contacts

Professional Licensure

SARA does not include provisions for state professional licensing requirements.  It is highly recommended that prospective and current students contact the licensing board in their state before starting an academic program.  Academic programs and graduating students must satisfy standards that are established by that state’s licensing requirements to be eligible for a license.

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