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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 participant 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.


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.

What are the benefits of QM for NSU?

  • Enhanced student experiences 
  • Improved faculty skills in quality online course design and development 
  • Local QM expertise and community of practice 
  • A common language around evidenced-based practices for online and hybrid course design 
  • A systematic and comprehensive continuous quality assurance process 
  • Ongoing faculty development
  • Critical assessment skills for examining online courses and materials
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and learning