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State Authorization Compliance and Accreditation

Florida Atlantic University has been approved by the state of Florida and is an active member in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The reciprocity agreements allow for the open delivery of academic credit-earning activities in participating states, including academic field experiences such as internships or practicums.

Current authorized SARA member states include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and all states except California. California is not a SARA state but currently has no state authorization restrictions for regionally accredited public institutions like Florida Atlantic University so therefore, we can offer all of our distance learning programs to residents of California.

Learn more about Distance Learning in NC-SARA



The Master of Accounting and Master of Taxation programs help fulfill the educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination in the state of Florida and many of the states that have adopted the AICPA’s 150 credit-hour requirement. Students are encouraged to check with the state board of accountancy in the state in which they plan to practice regarding specific course requirements.


Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
  • The Baccalaureate, master’s and doctor of nursing practice degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • FAU Catalog Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
College of Business
  • The College of Business is accredited member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • The accreditation is located at the bottom of the Business home page.
College of Education
  • The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and has Florida Department of Education approved programs.
  • For more information,
  • College of Education Accreditation
College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • The Baccalaureate degree programs in civil, computer, electrical, geomatics, and mechanical and ocean Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board Engineering and Technology (ABET). The baccalaureate program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.
  • For more information about the accreditation process visit Improvement and Assessment

Complaint Resolution

Complaint Resolution

FAU has developed procedures for purposes of responding to and resolving grievances.  Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed by institutional regulations and policies.

Internal Processes

FAU has developed procedures for purposes of responding to and resolving grievances.  Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed by institutional regulations and policies, which include the following:

Contact External Agencies

Students who have a complaint about their educational experience at FAU that is not resolved through internal University procedures may contact the following agencies for assistance:

  • Commission on Colleges
    1866 Southern Lane
    Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
  • Office for Civil Rights – Atlanta Office
    S. Department of Education
    61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T10
    Atlanta, Georgia  30303-8927
    Telephone: 404-974-9406
    Fax: 404-974-9471; TDD: 877-521-2172
    Email: OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov

FAU students who desire to resolve a grievance are encouraged to follow the University’s Student Grievance Process . If an issue cannot be resolved internally, a complaint may be filed with the , or FAU’s accreditation agency .

Florida PRDEC

Complaint Process

Out of State distance learning students must first go through the FAU institutional complaint procedures and the State process. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome, he/she may appeal the complaint to the Florida PRDEC Council by sending an email to FLSARAinfo@fldoe.org

Complaint Requirements

  1. Complaint must be filed within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made.
  2. Complete the institutional complaint process prior to submission with the Council.
  3. Complaint must be a formal assertion in writing that the terms of SARA, or laws, standards or regulations incorporated by SARA, are being violated by a person, institution, state, agency or other organization or entity operating under the terms of SARA.
  4. You must be a student of an FL-SARA approved institution.
  5. If you are not a student, but have a concern about any of the above, you may submit a complaint.