For the first time, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) partnered with the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and the Sloan Consortium in providing recommendations on federal distance education policy.
Board members of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) assembled for their second meeting May 14 in Chicago to decide on a number of key action items essential to the initiative’s continued development.
NC-SARA is a young and still-developing initiative. There are two issues that have been previously discussed but not yet established in policy: a) the collection of data from institutions that participate in SARA, and b) the reporting of complaints lodged against SARA institutions for activities carried out under SARA provisions.
North Dakota has been approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) as the second state to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA). North Dakota joins Indiana, which was approved for membership in February. Additionally, four North Dakota and two Indiana institutions have been approved by the North Dakota University System (NDUS) and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), respectively, as the first institutions to participate in M-SARA.
Indiana has been approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) as the first state to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
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.