State Authorization for Online Education
All U.S. states require postsecondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide postsecondary educational instruction in their states. East Central Community College (ECCC) wants to provide online education programs and courses to students in all states and territories. To facilitate this endeavor for out-of-state students, ECCC participates in "the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary online education courses and programs.”
East Central Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of East Central Community College.
Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state. If you live outside the state of Mississippi and are considering a program that leads to licensure, then you should contact the appropriate licensing board in your home state before you apply to ECCC. While it is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his or her home state to confirm whether or not the ECCC program will meet the state's licensure requirements, ECCC will make attempts to contact students who are residing out of state while enrolled in licensure programs to prompt them to check their state’s requirements.
Student Complaint and Grievance Procedures
East Central Community College values high quality in the delivery of academic and administrative services to all students. If a student feels that the treatment he or she has received is not consistent with expectations based upon the College’s official documents, such as the Catalog or the Policies and Procedures Manual, the student is required to express his or her complaints in a manner that will provide documentation for a timely response and resolution.
The student should begin the complaint process with East Central Community College, and if the resolution is not satisfactory, the student may submit a formal complaint to ECCC’s Home State SARA Portal Entity, the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA).
MCCA’s current complaint process and complaint form can be accessed at the following link: http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/student_complaint_process.asp.
The completed form should be mailed to:
Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211