Higher Education

NC-SARA Institutions Report Enrollments


We are pleased today to release two documents relating to SARA: NC-SARA 2017 Enrollment Report (available HERE) and a short paper that compares those reported enrollments to 2015 IPEDS distance education data -- NC-SARA Reported Enrollment Mirrors National Distance Education Data, with Some Notable Exceptions (available HERE).  Both reports were prepared for NC-SARA by Terri Taylor Straut, Senior Research Analyst at WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology).

Spring 2017 NC-SARA Enrollment Data Reporting Guide and Data Sharing Agreement

The NC-SARA 2017 Enrollment Data Reporting period will run from May 22 - June 14, 2017.  All SARA institutions are required to participate in enrollment reporting.  A link will to an institution-specific web form will be sent to all active institution contacts on or around May 22nd.  We encourage you to decide which person will be responsible for reporting and submitting your institution's information.  

 

SARA and ACICS-accredited Institutions

ACICS (the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools) is a national accrediting body that has been in the news for the well-publicized failures of some of the institutions it has accredited and accusations of lax accrediting practices. The US Department of Education has removed ACICS from its list of "recognized" accreditors, but a lawsuit over that action is pending in the courts. In the meantime, ACICS-accredited schools have 18 months to obtain accreditation by another recognized accreditor in order to maintain the eligibility of their students to participate in federal financial aid programs.

 

Confusion about U.S. Department of Education State Authorization Rules

As many of you know, the Department recently released new rules on the state authorization of distance education. Those rules contain what we and many others have viewed as a troubling definition of a "state authorization reciprocity agreement."
 

Recent conversations that our friend and colleague Russ Poulin of WCET has had with Department staff indicate that we're misinterpreting what they intended with that definition.
 

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