Accreditation and Authorization

State 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.


Accreditation

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 associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate 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.

Normal 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.


Complaint Procedures

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 89, and submit the Student Grievance Form. Contact the Dean of Students regarding student complaints at 252-399-6372 or email jtice@barton.edu.

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.

The N.C. Post-Secondary Education Complaint Procedures

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 General Administration
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
Phone: (919) 962-4550
Email: studentcomplaint@northcarolina.edu
Website: www.northcarolina.edu/complaints

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 associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degrees. Normal 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
Telephone: 404-679-4500
Website: http://www.sacscoc.org/

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)
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: 919-248-4660
Email: terrence@saranc.org

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.


Consumer Information

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Professional Licensure Programs

Under NC-SARA guidelines, Barton College discloses that it offers the RN-to-BSN program fully online, thus leading to professional licensure. Students must contact the Barton College School of Nursing to discuss enrollment and professional licensure options. For questions, contact Dr. Gary Daynes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at 252-399-6344 or email gdaynes@barton.edu.


Discrimination and Equity Issues

All discrimination and equity issues should be filed with the Title IX Coordinator.


Disability and Accessibility

Attempts to fulfill ADA/504 requirements should be sent to Disability Services.