At the September 13, 2016 meeting of the NYS Board of Regents, New York State’s participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) was approved. This action has New York institutions and students one step closer to enjoying the benefits of SARA participation such as providing set quality standards and safeguards, improving consumer protection, creating a more efficient provision of distance education to a broader market, enhancing the overall quality of distance education, and reducing rapidly growing institutional costs that can be passed along to students.
Boulder, CO - On August 26th, 2016, the state of Utah was approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to join as the latest SARA state bringing the national total to 42 states plus the District of Columbia. This newest addition attests to the success of the SARA initiative to provide Higher Education a better way for states to oversee the delivery of postsecondary distance education.
Posted via Mary Roberson of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Minneapolis, MN — Wisconsin has been approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) as the eleventh state to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA).
The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is very pleased to announce that West Virginia State University is the 1,000th institution to participate in SARA, a nationwide initiative of states and institutions that makes distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and makes it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education while improving consumer protection.
NC-SARA has issued provisions affecting SARA institutions’ submission of their enrollment data for this spring. Institutions will report during the period May 9-20, using a secure link that will be sent to each SARA institution. There is no substantive change to the earlier draft release of the two documents relating to enrollment data submission (NC-SARA Data Reporting Guide and NC-SARA Data Sharing Agreement). To facilitate submission, however, rather than having institutions separately submit a signed data sharing agreement, institutional approval of the agreement has been incorporated by reference into the institution’s submission of its data.
After extensive consultation with regional compact staff and others, under authority delegated by the NC-SARA Board the executive director has approved several modifications to the NC-SARA Policies and Standards. They are as follows: 1) clarification of the definition of “supervised field experience” (Section 1, item 26); 2) clarification of SARA states’ application of ”requirements, standards, fees, procedures,” and SARA states’ ability to apply general purpose laws relating to consumer protection, fraudulent activities and related matters (Section 2.5.g-h); 3)policies and procedures for SARA institutions that change their home state (Section 3.4); 4) clarified language on the limitations of SARA (Section 3.7) and 5) the use of the word “approved” in regard to SARA institutions (Section 3.14).
In early December the National Consumer Law Council updated their prior critique of SARA. On June 23, 2014 Marshall Hill and Alan Contreras responded to NCLC’s earlier document. That response, which is still valid, can be found here. At present, 36 states have joined SARA, believing it will be beneficial to their students and institutions. As of December 18, 2015, 588 institutions participate.
Atlanta — This week, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi and Texas were approved by the Southern Regional Education Board to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). These states bring the number of participating states to 34, with over half the SREB states participating in SARA.