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Distance Education

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.

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.

NSU Regional Campuses offer:

  • Convenient evening and weekend classes
  • Full-degree online programs
  • Outstanding on-site faculty members who are professionals participating in their fields
  • Full-time staff to assist with financial aid, registration, applications and program questions
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Videoconferencing and audiovisual tools
  • Convenient parking
  • Student government associations

Online Courses

With an Internet connection, Nova Southeastern University students can participate in online courses from any location in the world. These programs provide Web-based instruction, online access to course content and a wide range of activities, including frequent student-teacher and student-student communication.

NSU’s online education features:

  • Faculty and student discussion forums with threaded bulletin boards
  • Real-time electronic classrooms with graphical presentations and audio
  • Online submission of assignments in multimedia formats
  • NSU email address
  • Directory for publishing assignments and resources to the Web
  • Access to the Electronic Library and online databases

State Authorization

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.

NC-SARA logoThe 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:

  1. Regional Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 Telephone (404) 679-4500. The link above provides information on the SACSCOC complaint policies and procedures.
  2. State Licensing Authority: If you are residing outside of Florida while attending Nova Southeastern University, in many cases you can file a complaint with an agency within your state of residence. The following link provides a list of state agencies for filing student complaints and contact information.
  3. State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA): SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that participate in SARA are authorized to provide online and other distance education activities to students from all SARA member states. Institutions that choose to participate in SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional higher education compacts. Nova Southeastern University has been approved by NC-SARA to participate in this reciprocity agreement.

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.

SARA has no effect on state professional licensure requirements. NSU Colleges that offer programs leading to professional licensure regularly assess, or are in the process of assessing, licensure requirements in states other than Florida.  All applicants residing outside of Florida will receive information on licensure requirements in an email or letter directly from the NSU College to which they are applying.  It is also advised that applicants seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning any academic program leading to licensure.  If you are unable to locate information about professional licensure, or have difficulty obtaining the information you need, please contact the academic advisor for your program.

State Disclosures

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 approved to operate in the State of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.  The following information is provided in accordance with the regulations governing schools that operate in that State.

School Performance Fact Sheets

Nova Southeastern University’s College of Health Care Sciences provides School Performance Fact Sheets to prospective students for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program in accordance with regulations established by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Current and prospective students can access the Fact Sheet below at any time to see the most up-to-date information.

These Fact Sheets provide specific information for the Master of Science in Speech Language-Pathology (MS-SLP) program offered at its instructional site in California. This information includes the number of students enrolled, number of degree completions, students’ performance with respect to relevant professional licensing examinations, job placements within the career fields for which the program was designed, and wage and salary information that has been provided by local graduates.

Download NSU MS-SLP Fact Sheet

Program Catalog

Please see the College of Health Care Sciences course catalog located at http://www.nova.edu/academics/course-catalog.html

Student Enrollment Agreement

MS-SLP California Student Enrollment Agreement

Annual Report

Annual Report submitted to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

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 authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council 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 Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council 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 degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov.

Statement Regarding Transfer of Credit

Credits earned at Nova Southeastern University are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school. Students who wish to transfer credit are advised to contact the admissions office of the receiving school for information.

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.

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