Accreditation and Authorization
Barton College provides face-to-face educational opportunities in Wilson County. It also serves online students from North Carolina and other states. The amended Higher Education Opportunity Act – 2008 includes changes to the State Authorization regulations. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010. State Authorization requires colleges offering courses to out-of-state residents to comply with each state’s requirements for distance programs and courses.
Institutions offering courses and programs through distance education are required to provide students with the contact information for filing grievances or complaints with the university, its accrediting agency, and with the appropriate state agency that handles complaints in the students’ state of residence.
Barton College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The College serves all students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or disabling conditions. The College is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 prohibiting discrimination with regard to disabilities.
Barton College Accreditation
Barton College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (http://www.sacscoc.org) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30330-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Barton College.
Other inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission’s office.
Institutional Status with SACSCOC
Our institutional status with SACSCOC is available at www.sacscoc.org.
From the SACSCOC accreditation letter:
The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reviewed the materials seeking approval to offer more than 50% of credits toward the approved Master of Science in Nursing with concentration in Education and Leadership through online delivery beginning fall 2017. It was the decision of the Board to approve the institution for distance learning and include it in the scope of the current accreditation.
Barton College Complaint Process Policy
Barton College strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available. If a conflict does arise, the College desires to resolve grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. Individuals who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the College’s Student Grievance Procedure, page 58, and submit the Student Complaint Form. Contact the Dean of Student Life regarding student complaints at 252-399-6366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the dean via traditional mail at:
Dean of Student Life
P.O. Box 5000
Wilson, NC 27893
Please try to resolve any complaints with the college before going to any outside agency. If an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your State Agency.
North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
Additionally, if a student is not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint, the student may choose to file a complaint by completing the North Carolina Post-secondary Education Student Complaint document. Please visit the State of North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints page for information about this process.
North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
Phone: (919) 962-4550
Consumer Protection Division – North Carolina Department of Justice
To file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice, please visit the State Attorney General’s web page at http://www.ncdoj.gov/complaint. North Carolina residents may call 877-566-7226. Outside of North Carolina, please call 919-716-6000. En Español, 919-716-0058.
If you choose to mail a complaint, please use the following address:
Consumer Protection Division
Attorney General’s Office
Mail Service Center 9001
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Regional Accreditor (SACSCOC) Complaint Process
Barton College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (http://www.sacscoc.org/) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Other inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission’s office.
If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint process, the student may also choose to file a complaint with Barton College’s accrediting agency. Students who file a complaint with the accrediting agency should follow the SACSCOC Complaint Procedure. The contact information for SACS is:
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
SARA-NC Complaint Procedures
If a student is enrolled in an online course and is unable to resolve a complaint with Barton College, or believes that not all issues were resolved with the final disposition, the student may appeal to the portal agency for SARA in North Carolina (http://www.saranc.org):
North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA)
ATTN: SARA North Carolina
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
To find out whether the state you reside in is a SARA state, visit the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Most states require that you begin the complaint process at your university before taking further action. If a student wishes to contact the state portal agency for his or her home state, contact information for the liaison personnel in each SARA state can be found on the NC-SARA website.
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Institutional and Professional Licensure Disclosures for Enrolled and Prospective Students and Disclaimer
The Nursing and Teacher Education programs of Barton College meet the State educational requirements for licensure or certification in North Carolina and prepare students to sit for these exams. It is noted that requirements in other states may be different. If you are considering a degree program that could potentially lead to a professional license, please note that, at this time, Barton College may or may not be able to advise whether a program meets requirements outside of North Carolina.
School of Nursing
For students who want to practice in another state, please review the approved list of states for which the Barton College School of Nursing program meets the requirements for licensure. Students may also review the Nursing Professional Licensure Directory to determine if the Barton College Nursing program meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. The NCSBN Compact Statement, https://www.ncsbn.org/compacts.htm, also includes many states in the US that support the professional licensure disclosure. Prior to enrolling in Nursing, please discuss this important topic with a representative from your program of interest.
Barton College School of Nursing
Nixon Nursing Building, Wilson, NC 27893
Dr. Sharon Shepard, Dean
School of Teacher Education
The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program meets the State educational requirements for licensure and certification in North Carolina. For students who want to practice in another state, please review the approved list of states for which the Barton College School of Education program meets the requirements for licensure. Students may also review the School of Education Professional Licensure Boards document to determine if the Barton College School of Education program meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Prior to enrolling in Teacher Education, please discuss this important topic with the representative from your program of interest.
Barton College School of Education
Hardy Center, Wilson, NC 27893
Dr. Jackie Ennis, Dean
SARA has no effect on State professional licensing board requirements for programs leading to state licensure. If you are not a resident of North Carolina and you are taking an online course or clinical/field placement in a program that may lead to professional licensure, Barton College recommends directly contacting a representative of the relevant program prior to beginning a course of study.
Please be aware that students who relocate while enrolled at Barton College may become ineligible for Title IV funding or potentially be unable to complete their studies if they are moving to a country or state where Barton College does not meet licensure or certification requirements. Prospective students should contact their admissions counselors or the deans of their programs to discuss how relocation could alter their eligibility. Current students should contact their program coordinators if they are considering relocating during their course of study.
Discrimination and Equity Issues
All discrimination and equity issues should be filed with the Title IX Coordinator.
Access and Accommodations
Attempts to fulfill ADA/504 requirements should be sent to Disability Services. Students who wish to file a grievance about the process or services offered can do so by submitting a Student Grievance Report. All reports will be received by the Office of Student Life.