UNC Charlotte is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. UNC Charlotte’s last reaffirmation of accreditation was granted in 2002. The next reaffirmation of accreditation is scheduled for 2013.

UNC Charlotte complies with SACS policies and requirements regarding Distance Education, including those related to student verification/authentication. Each student enrolled in a UNC Charlotte online course is provided with, and must use, a secure login and password to access and participate in the online course. This method of student verification and authentication complies with SACS’ "Distance and Correspondence Education – Policy Statement."

UNC Charlotte online program courses may require one or more proctored tests or writing assignments. In Summer, 2010, UNC Charlotte opened a Distance Education Testing Center on the campus. Students in UNC Charlotte online programs may opt to have their proctored test administered in the Testing Center. There is no cost to UNC Charlotte Distance Education students for use of the Distance Education Testing Center; however, students are responsible for payment of the fees required to park on campus.

Students enrolled in UNC Charlotte online programs may also arrange to have their tests or assignments proctored by a qualified individual or organization located in closer proximity to them.  UNC Charlotte participates in the UNC Online Proctoring Network, which has been established to enhance the academic integrity of online courses by providing students with an easily accessible pool of qualified proctors located within as well as outside the state of North Carolina. 

The UNC Online Proctoring Network includes proctors who do not charge, as well as proctors who do charge, for their services. Students are personally responsible for payment of any proctoring fees if they choose to utilize a proctor who charges for this service. Students are also responsible for any parking fees that may be associated with their use of a particular proctor.

USDLA Certification

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to insuring quality in the design and delivery of its distance education programs. As part of our continual improvement efforts, Extended Academic Programs requested a review of the services it provides to our distance education students through the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).  As a result of that review, Extended Academic Programs was recognized by the by the United States Distance Learning Association with Quality Standards Certification for its commitment to provide quality service to the institution’s distance education students.

As a currently enrolled or potentially new distance education student with UNC Charlotte, we want you to know that we strive to provide you with services that are of the highest quality possible. To that end, Extended Academic Programs is committed to:

  • Conducting our unit’s activities in accordance with the highest ethical standards and best practices.
  • Providing you with the most current and accurate information possible so you may make sound choices for your educational objectives.
  • Continuing our efforts to facilitate your access to the effective delivery of resources designed to support a successful learning experience.

USDLA CertifiedThe USDLA/QS symbol certifies that an institution adheres to recognized standards of quality and performance, is responsive to its constituencies, and is committed to excellence in all aspects of its distance learning program.