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State Authorization Regulations

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  • Are you currently enrolled or do you plan to enroll in online courses at Washington State Community College?
  • Will you live outside of Ohio during your attendance at WSCC?

If you answered yes to both questions, the following state authorization information applies to you.

Washington State Community College has been approved by the State of Ohio to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Check the Full SARA States & Institutions. Please click HERE to complete the WSCC’s Complaint Form.

What is SARA?

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 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.

What are the benefits of SARA to students?

  • Expands access to educational offerings.
  • Should lead to better resolution of complaints from students in SARA states.
  • Reduces a rapidly growing institutional cost that is in one way or another passed along to students.
  • Should enhance overall quality of distance education

For more information regarding NC-SARA, go to:

Academic Quality Improvement Program at Washington State

Washington State Community College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and participates in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
Phone: (800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462

Washington State has chosen to use AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) as the process for maintaining its accreditation. AQIP infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. With AQIP, an institution demonstrates it meets accreditation standards and expectations through sequences of events that align with those ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving to improve their performance.

Through AQIP we will create a comprehensive approach to continuously improve institutional effectiveness. As part of the AQIP process we have: created four Action Projects; revised the institution's mission, vision and values statements; and produced an AQIP Systems Portfolio to describe our College's current efforts toward continuous improvement.

AQIP Categories

AQIP Measuring Effectivemess

Action Project 1

First-Time Student: Advising for Engagement, Retention, and Completion

Action Project 2

Improving processes for collecting and analyzing students' evaluation of instruction

Action Project 3

Integrating AQUIP categories into WSCC governance structures

Action Project 4

Soft Skills across the curriculum

Retired Project 1

Strengthening continuous improvement processes and awareness through mini-projects

Retired Project 2

Expand Distance Learning Offerings to Improve Student Access.

Retired Project 3

Improving Two-Way Communication with an Emphasis on Valuing People.

Retired Project 4

Improve and Expand Washington State Community College's Distance Learning program.

Retired Project 5

Responding to Stakeholder Feedback through Mini-Projects

Retired Project 6

Measuring Effectiveness through an Integrated Data System

Retired Project 7

Supporting Student Success during the Quarters to Semesters Transition

Retired Project 8

Mapping and Improving Ten Major College Processes

Retired Project 9

It's all about DAT! (Data Action Team)

Retired Project 10

Improving online student success

Retired Project 11

Identifying Financial Efficiencies

Retired Project 12

Data Made Easy! The Dashboard Project

Retired Project 13

Counting All Students: Tracking Attendance for College-Wide Impact

Retired Project 14

A Unified College Plan for Assessing Student Learning

Retired Project 15

Student Voices: Collecting and Responding to Student Input

Retired Project 16

Tracking Continuous Quality Processes

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