State Authorization

State Authorization for Distance Education

Grace College of Divinity offers distance education in accordance with the regulations of the United States Department of Education and the regulations of each state or territory.

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. 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.

NC-SARA State Portal Entity Contact

For more information on NC-SARA in North Carolina, contact Terrence R. Scarborough, M.P.A.

  • by mail:
    Director of SARA North Carolina
    North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
    P.O. Box 14103
    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  • by phone: 919.248.4660
  • by email: terrence@saranc.org
  • state website www.saranc.org

Student Complaint Process

Should a student have a complaint of an academic nature, the student should first appeal to the faculty member. If the student has already done this without satisfaction, they may submit the grievance in writing to the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will take appropriate action to resolve the grievance according to Grace College of Divinity’s policies. If the grievance is against the Academic Dean, students may appeal to the President.

Link to Student Complaint Form

Contact the Academic Dean:

  • by email: academicdean@gcd.edu
  • by phone: 910-221-2224
  • by mail:
    Grace College of Divinity
    439 Westwood Shopping Center
    PMB 106
    Fayetteville, NC 28314

Contact the President:

  • by email: president@gcd.edu
  • by phone: 910-221-2224
  • by mail:
    Grace College of Divinity
    439 Westwood Shopping Center
    PMB 106
    Fayetteville, NC 28314

Appeals

If a student submitting a grievance is not satisfied with the determination of the Academic Dean, the matter will be brought to the GCD President for further review and appropriate action. The President’s decision is final.

Complaint Process for ABHE and USDE

If the person filing a grievance with Grace College of Divinity does not feel the issue is being adequately addressed by GCD, he/she may advise The Association for Biblical Higher Education (GCD’s accrediting body) or the United States Department of Education.

Contact The Association for Biblical Higher Education:

  • by email: info@abhe.org
  • by phone: (407) 207-0808
  • by mail:
    The Association for Biblical Higher Education
    5850 T.G. Lee Boulevard, Suite 130
    Orlando, FL 32822

Contact the U.S. Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office:

  • by phone: 1-800-872-5327
  • by mail:
    U.S. Department of Education
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202- 4605

NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Process

If students are unable to resolve a complaint through the institution’s complaint procedures, they may also review the Student Complaint Policy (PDF) for North Carolina Post-Secondary Education institutions, complete the Student Complaint Form (PDF), and submit the complaint:

SARA-NC Complaint Process and Information

Students may also file a complaint through SARA-NC. SARA-NC is the portal for the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.

SARA North Carolina
North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Link to SARA-NC Complaint Process

Link to SARA-NC Complaint Form

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Please note that GCD’s certificate and degree programs do not fulfill professional licensure requirements.