Why is NC-SARA's Data Collection Important?
Collecting, reporting and analyzing data about the interstate delivery of distance education are important parts of NC-SARA's mission. Data collection and reporting help measure the impact of SARA. Within the enrollment report, the data helps answer the question of which institutions are enrolling online students and where those students are located. For the out-of-state learning placement report, the data is helping us to understand how many students are participating in out-of-state learning activities (now covered by SARA) and how those activities span various program areas. The reports that NC-SARA produces yearly on these topics are available for public consumption, as is the raw data; both are frequently cited in national publications.