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Iowa Central Online Accreditation


Iowa Central is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

U.S. Department of Education Compliance

Back on October 29th, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education released information on integrity regulations that include institutions offering distance education to students in another state to have authorization from that particular state. States with specific regulations expect institutions to have authorization in order to serve students in their state.

State Authorization and Complaint Process

Iowa Central Community College is a member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). This allows students from participating states to be a student within Iowa Central’s online programs.  Participating states are shown below in blue. Students from these states are allowed to enroll in our online courses or programs.  Programs that require students to complete an internship or field placement are non-professional licensing, and therefore, are allowed to be done in one of the participating states below. 

In addition, Iowa Central has permission to enroll residents of California to our online courses or programs.

The following map shows members of SARA which are highlighted in blue. (Last Updated: 2/16/18)

SARA States and Institutions

SARA States and Institutions

Complaint Process

Students who have complaints must first try to resolve the situation within the institution.  Online and FlexNet students are asked to contact the lowest level possible to begin the process and in an effort to quickly resolve the situation.  This may include the faculty member or an advisor.  If he/she cannot assist, you are then asked to contact the Dean of Distance Learning regarding any complaints.  It is the desire of the College to resolve any concern quickly and efficiently with a student.  Most situations can be resolved within the internal process. 

If you are a student residing in a SARA state and your situation cannot be resolved internally, according to the SARA Complaint Process, please contact the Iowa SARA State Portal Agency to address your concerns.

California Residents
Iowa Central Community College is a public community college.  The Private Postsecondary Education Bureau of California does not require approval for our institution, therefore, Iowa Central is in compliance to offer California students an online education.  

Please note that according to the SARA guidelines, student complaints about grades or student conduct may not be appealed to the portal agency. Therefore, students must contact the Dean of Distance Learning at Iowa Central Community College to work through the issue. 

TJ Martin, Dean of Distance Learning
1-800-362-2793 ext. 1097

Students are expected to follow the student handbook for other various complaints. Click here for a link to the student handbook found on the webpage. Complains in the handbook may include, but are not limited to:

  • Accommodations
  • Grade Appeal
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Violence
  • Student Discipline Policy
  • Title IX Information