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North Carolina Licensure and State Information

Guide Topics

Agency Contact

Dan Harrison
919-962-2676
dsharrison@northcarolina.edu

Additional Contact

Kaity McNeil
919-962-4550
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Types of Educational Providers Authorized

2A1.
Institution Types Authorized – Indicate the types of institutions that your agency authorizes. Please provide a short explanation of any ambiguity in the comment section below

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____ Public, in-state degree granting institutions 
__X__ Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions   
__X__ Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
__X__ Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
__X__ Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
__X__ Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
____ Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions 
____ Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions 
____ Non-degree, not-for profit institutions 
____ Non-degree, for-profit institutions 
__X__ Religious institutions 
____ Tribally-controlled institutions 
____ Federal Institutions 
____ Municipal institutions 

2A2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2B1.
Is accreditation required for an institution to be authorized in your state? Yes or No.

No

2B2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2B3.
If yes, what type of accreditation is required? Please, check all that apply as appropriate.

No response provided

Regional Accreditation Required for: 
____ Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions   
____ Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
____ Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
____ Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
____ Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
____ Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions 
____ Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions 
____ Non-degree, not-for profit institutions 
____ Non-degree, for-profit institutions 
____ Religious institutions 
____ Tribally-controlled institutions 
____ Federal Institutions 
____ Municipal institutions 
 
 National Accreditation Required for: 
____ Public, out-of-state degree granting institutions   
____ Private, in-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
____ Private, out-of-state, not-for-profit degree granting institutions  
____ Private, in-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
____ Private, out-of-state, for-profit degree granting institutions 
____ Public, in-state, non-degree granting institutions 
____ Public, out-of-state, non-degree granting institutions 
____ Non-degree, not-for profit institutions 
____ Non-degree, for-profit institutions 
____ Religious institutions 
____ Tribally-controlled institutions 
____ Federal Institutions 
____ Municipal institutions 

2B4.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2C1.
Does your agency authorize specific academic programs offered by institutions, only institutions themselves, or both?

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_____Institution  __X___Program _____Both

2C2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2D1.
Does your state require a Surety Bond for authorized out-of-state institutions? Yes or No.

Yes

2D2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

2E1.
Does your state have a Tuition Refund Policy Requirement? If so, for which types of institutions?

No

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Exemptions

3A1.
Are certain institutions or programs exempt by law or policy from your state authorization requirements? If so, for which types of institutions? Which types of programs? Please provide web link.
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Authorization of Distance Education

4A1.
Does your agency require purely online programs offered by out-of-state institutions to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No.

No

4A2.
If not, does your agency determine whether an institution must be authorized based on a physical presence (“operating”) standard? Yes or No.

Yes

4A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

4B1.
Does your agency require correspondence study programs to be authorized without regard to physical presence? Yes or No

No

4B2.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Physical Presence Policy - Common Triggers

5A1.
If your agency uses a physical presence standard, how does your agency define physical presence? If available, please provide a link to that policy or a citation to the relevant regulation giving that standard.

No response provided

5A2.
URL for physical presence definition

No response provided

5A3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Application Process

6A1.
Description – Please provide a short description of the application process to obtain state authorization. If available, please provide web links to the specific references to all applicable state laws, regulations, manuals, forms, or other pertinent docu

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6A2.
URL for application
6A3.
Clarifying comments:

The Resources for Licensure can be found at www.northcarolina.edu/stateauthorization.  The State Authorization Unit uses the licensure portal to receive new applications at https://licensure.northcarolina.edu/

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Fees Associated with Authorization

7A1.
Application Fee – Is there an application fee to initiate the authorization process? If so, what is the fee or fee schedule? Please provide a web link if available.

No response provided

7A3.
Clarifying comments:

Application fee for an institution's first application for licensure is $5,000.00. For institutions applying to offer academic programs in North Carolina, this fee includes up to four degree programs at the associate or bachelor's levels, two degree programs at the master's level, or one degree program at the doctoral level. Institutions whose first application for licensure includes degree programs beyond those limits will pay additional application fees.

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Reporting

8A1.
What kinds of information or data must an institution report to your agency as a condition for continued out-of-state authorization?

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8A2.
URL for reporting
8A3.
How frequently do institutions report data?

Institutions submit an annual report, along with annual renewal fees for licensed programs.

8A4.
Is this information published or shared publicly?

No

8A5.
Clarifying comments:

The information received from the annual report is not shared publicly. 

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - Non-SARA Participating Institutions

9A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about out-of-state postsecondary institutions or programs?

No response provided

9A3.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

Yes

9A4.
Clarifying comments:

We gather information from the student filing the complaint.  We reach out to the institution regarding the complaint, the process, and the final decision from the institution.  If necessary, we also include the Consumer Protection Division in the Attorney General’s Office at the North Carolina Department of Justice.

9B1.
Does this complaint process extend to institutions not authorized by the agency that may enroll residents of the state (such as explicitly distance education programs with no physical presence or exempt institutions)?

Yes

9B2.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name: Dan Harrison                                              
  • Title: Senior Associate Vice President for Academic and Regulatory Affairs
  • Agency: State Authorization Unit of the University of North Carolina System
  • Address: 910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Email: stateauthorization@northcarolina.edu
  • Phone: 919-962-4558
  • URL : https://www.northcarolina.edu/stateauthorization
9B3.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints - SARA Participating Institutions

10A1.
Please describe the process for handling complaints about SARA participating Institutions.

No response provided

10A2.
Is the process handled all within your agency or do you divide consumer protection and student complaint duties dependent on the type of institution (Public, Private, Technical, etc.)?

No response provided

10A3.
URL for student complaints – SARA participating institutions

No response provided

10A4.
Who is the contact person at your agency for receiving complaints?
  • Contact Name: Dan Harrison                                              
  • Title: Senior Associate Vice President for Academic and Regulatory Affairs
  • Agency: State Authorization Unit of the University of North Carolina System
  • Address: 910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Email: stateauthorization@northcarolina.edu
  • Phone: 919-962-4558
  • URL : https://www.northcarolina.edu/stateauthorization
10A5.
Clarifying comments:

No response provided

Topic:

Enforcement

11A1.
If your agency has written descriptions of the possible consequence of institutional non-compliance, please provide it (or provide a web link).

No response provided

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Records Retention

12A1.
When a school closes, what is the process your state uses to ensure that transcripts/records are kept available?

We encourage institutions to send records to the State Archives Office.

12B1.
From what agency do students request their transcripts/records from a closed school?
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Additional Information

13A1.
Is there anything else about the authorization process in your state that we and others ought to know about?

No response provided

14.
Does your state have a Student Tuition Recovery Fund (or similar fund for school closure)? Yes or No. If Yes, for what type of institutions?

No response provided