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Accreditation and Affiliations

The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.

Distance Education State Authorization Statement

Dallas Colleges Online, on behalf of the colleges of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) offers online educational opportunities to students residing outside the state of Texas. The United States Department of Education (USDOE) requires that institutions comply with any applicable state approval or licensure requirements in each state to which online instruction is delivered. As a result all colleges must be authorized to deliver online instruction prior to allowing students from those states to enroll.

Dallas Colleges Online and online students with the DCCCD can accept registrations from students residing in the following states:

State Authorized Approved States for DCCCD

The DCCCD can accept registration from students residing in these states according to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) agreements and compliance.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Virgin Islands
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

 

Non- Approved States

Currently, Dallas Colleges Online and DCCCD is not authorized to provide online courses for students residing in these states. If you live in these states, you may not enroll in online courses at DCCCD and Dallas Colleges Online at this time.

American Samoa
Florida
Guam
Massachusetts
N. Marianas Islands
Puerto Rico

 

We are diligently working with other states and regulatory agencies to provide institutional state authorization program. Please check back with us for more updates.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

Distance Learning Complaint Process for Out of State Students

Dallas Colleges Online and the colleges of DCCCD desire to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. Students residing outside of the State of Texas while attending a college of the DCCCD and taking an online course who desire to resolve a grievance, should contact the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Complaints go first through the institution’s standard procedure for resolution of student grievances. If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process, then the complaint (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the SARA portal agency in the home state of the institution against which the complaint has been lodged (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is the SARA portal agency for DCCCD). That agency shall notify the SARA portal agency for the state in which the student is located of receipt of that appealed complaint.

While the final resolution of the complaint rests with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, nothing precludes the state in which the complaining person is located from also working to resolve the complaint, preferably through that state’s SARA portal agency. Indeed, it is expected that SARA states will facilitate the resolution of any complaints brought to their attention.

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Membership in Higher Education Associations

Dallas Colleges Online is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities (formerly the college section of the Texas State Teachers Association) and the League for Innovation in the Community College.