On February 27, 2015, Senator Marty Block introduced SB 634, which would authorize California to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
New Hampshire has been approved by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) as the first state in the region to join the New England State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (N-SARA).
Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Washington have been approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) as the first states in the compact’s region to become members of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA).
Russ Poulin has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a representative for upcoming negotiated rulemaking sessions to review proposed regulations concerning program integrity and improvement issues for the Federal Student Aid programs. Poulin serves as interim co-executive director and deputy director, research and analysis for WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). He and Marshall Hill, who has previously served on three such rulemaking sessions, will represent the field of distance education in the process.
In a report issued in December 2013, the California Legislative Analyst Office recommended SARA as a good way to solve the problem of excess complexity in interstate operation of distance education programs.