Media Mentions

State board fights calls to deregulate for-profit colleges

The Daily Cardinal | Nov 2, 2015
It’s been a long year for the Educational Approval Board.

The agency, which oversees for-profit education in the state, has been fighting against legislative efforts to water down its authority or eliminate the board outright, a move its staff believes would be dangerous for Wisconsin students.

CASC approved for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Sequoyah County Times  | Oct 21, 2015

Carl Albert State College has been notified by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) that CASC is now an institutional participant in the SARA initiative. 

According to CASC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jason Morrison, this allows online classes offered by Carl Albert State College to be accessible in almost every state in the nation.

llinois is ninth state approved for participation in the Midwestern-State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Education News | Aug 9, 2015

Illinois has been approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) as the ninth state to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA). Illinois joins Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,

Cowley College ranks first in South Central Kansas in online delivery

Winfield Daily Courier, By RAMA PEROO | August 5, 2015

Known as the first community college in the state of Kansas to receive membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Cowley College recently ranked first in South Central Kansas in online delivery based on quality and affordability of the online training according to the Kansas Board of Regents.

Tusculum College alliance to increase opportunities for distance learning

Kingsport Times-News | August 4, 2015
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Recent acceptance into a national organization for reciprocity agreements will make opportunities for distance learning across state lines more abundant at Tusculum College.

Tusculum College has been approved to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a nationwide initiative of states that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as making it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education.

A More Uniform Way of Recognizing Online Degree Programs Across State Lines, with SARA as a Focus

ACE - America Council on Education | CEAI - Center for Education Attainment & Innovation

GAINING APPROVAL TO OFFER POSTSECONDARY DISTANCE
EDUCATION ACROSS STATE LINES: The State-by-State Approach
In our country, a good deal of the oversight and regulation of education, including postsecondary
education, is carried out by the states. The states regulate in markedly different
ways, especially in regard to how they deal with out-of-state institutions that want to do
business within the state. That variety complicates the work of institutions that want to
enroll online and distance education students in states other than their own.

 

 

Six Common Myths about State Authorization for Distance Education

WCET Frontiers Blog

This week the WCET State Authorization Network is hosting its second State Authorization Compliance Workshop in Denver. In discussing the contents for this event, we started stumbling on some common myths that we keep hearing about state authorization and distance education. We thought we’d share a few of these with you.

Vt. signs reciprocity agreement for online classes

Rutland Herald
By Lola Duffort | June 30,2015

The state has signed an agreement that will make it much easier — and cheaper — for Vermont-based colleges to export their online courses to students nationwide.

Reducing costs while expanding reach, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

By Kelly Oehler | June 26, 2015

While the state authorization team feverishly works to gain authorization approvals for Ohio State, each application presents a new set of unique challenges. Although approvals serve primarily online programs, some states requires information that goes beyond just distance education. This includes sending all of Ohio State's programmatic activity. Compiling this information takes time and valuable resources. To ensure access and affordability to distance students, Ohio entered into the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) in March 2015. SARA and its members establish national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.  

Vermont joins agreement over online college courses

SFGATE June 22, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has joined an agreement that will make it easier and cheaper for colleges and universities to provide online courses in other states.

Vermont is among 24 states that have signed a "State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement" agreement, known as SARA.

Iowa to join interstate distance learning compact

The Gazette May 22, 2015 | 12:23 pm

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law Friday that he expects will help lower costs and streamline participation in distance learning opportunities by including Iowa in an interstate registration reciprocity agreement involving at least 23 other U.S. states.

Iowa governor to sign a bill supporting
online education and student consumer protection (May 21, 2015)

Gov. Terry Branstad has scheduled a ceremony Friday to sign a bill supporting online education and student consumer protection.

Senate File 501 would allow the state to register with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements without sacrificing Iowa’s consumer protection laws, backers say. The agreement standardizes distance learning regulations and eliminates a state-by-state authorization process. The streamlined system will generate revenue for Iowa’s educational institutions by increasing the availability of their online programs as well as saving $5.7 million that otherwise would have been passed onto students in tuition increases.

NM online classes will go out of state (May 18, 2015)

The ability of New Mexico’s public and private colleges and universities to offer online programs beyond the state borders just increased considerably and includes target states from coast to coast.

Indiana Achieves Milestone for Online College Learning (May 7, 2015)

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) announced that all campuses of the state’s public colleges and universities have signed on to participate in a voluntary agreement that makes it easier for students in Indiana and nationwide to take online courses offered by colleges based outside their home states.  A total of 34 Indiana public, private and for-profit colleges participate in the agreement—more than any other state in the nation.

N.H. joins national online reciprocity pact (February 20, 2015)

New Hampshire is joining a growing nationwide network of states that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education.

WSU approved for initiative that will make distance education more accessible (January 21, 2015)

Wichita State University has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas State Portal Agency to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

Leaders of a national movement to ease the regulatory burden on colleges and universities that offer distance education say the effort has passed its tipping point after more than a third of the states have joined in less than a year.

New Hampshire has become the 18th state to sign on for a program intended to make it easier for students to take online courses from schools in other states — on the heels of West Virginia, which joined in November. The program is managed by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA).

New Hampshire is joining a national effort to make education more accessible to college students across state lines.

On November 16, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) approved Kansas and Missouri to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA).

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