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Accreditations and Affiliations

Regional Accreditation

Norfolk State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Norfolk State University.

Norfolk State University is approved as an institutional participation in the National Council State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA).  By signing this agreement, institutions offer a good-faith acknowledgement that compliance is being pursued with the intent to meet all guidelines.

What is SARA?

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and 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. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

What are the benefits for Norfolk State University students?

As an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), the University is able to:

  • Expand access to educational offerings.
  • Provide better resolution of complaints from students in SARA states.
  • Enhance overall quality of distance education

Learn more about student benefits on the NC-SARA site.


United States Distance Learning Association

Norfolk State University received the Quality Standards Certification from the United States Distance Learning Association.

"The award of Certification status by the United States Distance Learning Association is a solid accomplishment for Norfolk State University’s Distance Education Programs, its faculty, and staff. All parties can take pride in their effort and in this recognition bestowed by a professional peer group. Norfolk State University and the School of Extended Learning will have continued success in the implementation of the University’s Distance Education programs. The United States Distance Learning Association stands ready to support the University, in any capacity, as it translates its future Distance Education plans into sustainable institutional change and improvement that will be essential to the on-going success of the University."

John G. Flores, Ph.D. Executive Director, USDLA

Learn more about United States Distance Education Learning Association.


Quality Matters

Norfolk State University is committed to implement the Quality Matters standards for the design of online and/or hybrid courses. We are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students will all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.

For more information regarding Quality Matters