It’s part of our mission to provide convenient ways for students across the nation and all over the globe to earn a degree from Nova Southeastern University. That’s why we offer many of our degree programs through distance education, with classes delivered outside the Fort Lauderdale area either online, or at one of our Regional Campuses.
Students don’t have to be on our Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus to have a traditional college experience. Our Regional Campuses allow those who live far from Fort Lauderdale to experience an on-campus atmosphere. Our campuses provide opportunities to develop friendships, form study groups and use videoconferencing equipment to connect with the main campus.
In 1972, NSU pioneered distance education by offering the first doctoral distance education program in the country. Recognizing a need for programs that are accessible to working professionals, NSU quickly expanded its online course offerings. Today, NSU remains a leader in online education. Online courses offer NSU students the ability to access all course content and complete a wide range of activities, including frequent student-teacher and student-student communication.
Federal and state regulations require that institutions of higher education comply with state laws regarding distance learning. Distance learning programs may utilize a number of different instructional methodologies including online courses or video technology. Degree programs may also integrate some form of supervised field experience such as an internship, externship, student teaching or practica that takes place outside of the institution’s home state. State regulations related to distance learning activities are continuously changing and evolving. NSU makes every effort to monitor these changes, maintain appropriate state approvals, and make the most informed decisions about state authorization compliance for its students. The University works with various regulatory agencies in each state and U.S. Territories to seek authorizations, registrations, exemptions and/or permissions to offer distance education programs to out-of-state residents who wish to enroll in these programs. Students that have any questions related to state authorization should contact their College advisor or NSU’s Office of Licensure and State Relations.
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories in the United States, which establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education activities. These distance education activities may include, but not be limited to, online courses and certain types of supervised field experiences. SARA is intended to simplify the process of state authorization related to the aforementioned distance education activities by establishing a standard approval process through which institutions may participate in the reciprocity agreement with other member states. At present, all states except for California and Massachusetts are members of SARA. Although SARA facilitates state authorization for certain types of distance education activities, the reciprocity agreement has no effect on state professional licensure requirements. To learn more about SARA, please visit: nc-sara.org.
In August of 2017, the state of Florida was approved by the Southern Regional Education Board to join SARA. On December 11, 2017 Florida’s Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating Council (PRDECC) approved NSU to register with NC-SARA. On January 23, 2018 NC-SARA approved institutional participation for NSU.
Nova Southeastern University provides several means through which a student may address complaints and grievances. In order to resolve academic grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner, students are asked to consult their respective college catalog or student handbook for information on the appropriate grievance procedures. The link above provides academic catalogs for each Nova Southeastern University College. Students are urged to exhaust all possible internal avenues for resolution before filing complaints with external agencies.
In the unlikely event that an issue cannot be resolved internally, students may file a complaint with the following external agencies:
Distance education students that are enrolled in a Florida institution that operates under SARA, who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and applicable state grievance process, may appeal non-instructional complaints to the Florida State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (FL-SARA) Postsecondary Regional Distance Education Coordinating Council (PRDEC). For additional information on the complaint process, please visit FL-SARA Complaint Process page.
In order to comply with regulations regarding distance education, NSU is required to make the following disclosure to applicants and students completing their coursework outside of the state of Florida, including field experiences (e.g. internships, practicums, clinical placements), when their program of study customarily leads to professional licensure.
The following information is provided in compliance with state regulations related to higher education. Some state laws require an institution to provide students with specific disclosures. The following statements are presented in order to comply with these requirements. Students enrolled in NSU online programs and residing in the states listed below should review this information.
Nova Southeastern University is a nonprofit corporation authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degree described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the Standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon 97401.
Nova Southeastern University is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, 101 N. 14th Street, James Monroe Building, Richmond Virginia, 23219; (804) 225-2600. The physical location of Nova Southeastern University’s main campus is 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. As of this printing, the Doctor of Education program is offered at the following locations in Virginia:
Norfolk State UniversityBrown Education Building700 Park AvenueNorfolk, VA 23504
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center900 North Glebe RoadArlington, VA 22203
In accordance to 8 VAC 40-31-180 Chapter 21.1 (§ 23-276.1 et seq.) of Title 23 of the Code of Virginia, schools certified by the State Council Higher Education Virginia (SCHEV) must provide the following information:
(1) The number of degrees, certificates, or diplomas conferred for each program offered by a school.(2) The number of students graduating and the number enrolled.
Nova Southeastern University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Nova Southeastern University to offer specific degree programs. The WSAC may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by WSAC does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at email@example.com.
Statement Regarding Transfer of Credit
The transferability of credits earned at Nova Southeastern University is at the discretion of the receiving college, university, or other educational institution. Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at Nova Southeastern University will be accepted by the receiving institution. Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at Nova Southeastern University to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Accreditation does not guarantee credentials or credits earned at Nova Southeastern University will be accepted by or transferred to another institution. To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned.
Statement Regarding Course Cancellation
Nova Southeastern University reserves the right to cancel any class. If a class is canceled and a replacement is not offered, then students will receive a full refund of tuition paid for the canceled class. If the student registered for only one class, then the registration fee would be refunded as well.
Student Loan Repayment
For information and resources about student loan repayment, or to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit www.wsac.wa.gov/loan-advocacy or contact the Student Loan Advocate at firstname.lastname@example.org.