Wiregrass Georgia Technical College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a nonprofit organization that helps expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs.
Recognizing the growing demand for distance education opportunities, higher education stakeholders –including state regulators and education leaders, accreditors, the U.S. Department of Education, and institutions –joined together in 2013 to establish the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), which streamline regulations around distance education programs.
Wiregrass is a member of Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB), one of the four regional compacts which comprise NC-SARA. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is authorized to provide online education to students who reside in 48 SARA member states. Certain online programs, which include internships, practicums, or other experiential requirements may trigger additional State Authorization requirements.
Any complaints pertaining to a Wiregrass Georgia Technical College online course or program should be filed with Wiregrass Georgia Technical College first; please refer to the Student Grievances General Policy and Procedure in the Wiregrass Student Handbook and Catalog. Complaints needing further investigation beyond the college level may be submitted to TCSG using the Program Integrity Complaint Form. Before submitting to TCSG, students need to follow the institution’s process exactly as it is written in the student handbook and catalog.
A student may appeal to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) if the institution’s and TCSG’s resolution is not satisfactory; however, please note that the Commission will not investigate a complaint unless the student has exhausted all available grievance procedures outlined by the institution. GNPEC does not resolve complaints about student grades and student conduct violations. These complaints fall under the jurisdiction of institutional policy.