The State of Montana, a SARA member state, recently sent a letter to all institutions known to be operating online in the state, requesting that such schools notify the state of their current operational posture.
This letter was structured as an "application," which was confusing to schools in other SARA states, as SARA institutions do not need to "apply" to offer distance education in other SARA states.
Montana has clarified to SARA staff that this letter was intended to help the state determine which schools were, and which were not, operating under SARA in Montana. Response by SARA schools is not mandatory, but provides information useful to Montana in the period prior to 2015 SARA data collection.
SARA schools that offer distance education courses in Montana under SARA are encouraged to provide the state with this one-time courtesy notice. Once SARA data collection begins in 2015, states will be able to use the data system to determine which institutions are authorized to operate under SARA.