SARA welcomes the United States Virgin Islands! The Virgin Islands have affiliated with SREB and were approved earlier last week by SREB's SARA Steering Committee. Additionally, Florida continues to move toward SARA. Legislation which would allow Florida to join SARA, has passed both the House and Senate and has been presented to the Governor for signature. SREB's SARA Committee will continue to work with Florida and anticipate this will happen over the next few months.
NC-SARA is proud to announce the addition of two more states; Kentucky and Pennsylvania. On November 1, 2016, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) voted to welcome these two states into SARA bringing the national total to 44 states plus the District of Columbia. These newest additions attest to the success of the SARA initiative to provide Higher Education a better way for states to oversee the delivery of postsecondary distance education.
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.
SARA recently received attention from the NY Times, which reported on consumer groups’ appeal to NY’s Commissioner of Education, urging that NY not join SARA. In response, Paul Lingenfelter, chair of NC-SARA’s Board, wrote letters to the editor of the NY Times (see below ) and the Commissioner.
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.
NC-SARA has applied to the IRS for 501(c)(3) non-profit status under the federal tax code. Securing that status will require several changes in operations; our goal is to make those changes without any inconvenience to SARA states and SARA institutions.
To ensure that the first round of institutional enrollment reporting will not be affected by these planned changes, SARA institutions’ enrollment reporting to NC-SARA will be postponed until May, 2016, one month following the conclusion of required reporting of fall 2015 enrollments to IPEDS. Additional details will be provided in early spring 2016.
Boulder, Colorado – As of June 29, 2015, twenty-seven states have now joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) initiative, a key moment for SARA and higher education. In the past month, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Iowa, approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA) on June 1. Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma soon followed with approval by Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to join the Southern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (S-SARA) on June 29.
On March 12, 2015, Senator Kirk Watson introduced SB 1470, which would authorize Texas to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).