Distance Education Enrollments

Institutions participating in SARA report the number of exclusively distance education students enrolled in the institution, disaggregated by state, territory, or district in which the learning activity is taking place. This includes both degree and non-degree for-credit courses. These data are reported annually to NC-SARA in the spring and include the previous fall’s enrollment data, which institutions have reported to the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Out-of-State Learning Placements

Institutions participating in SARA report the numbers of their students engaged in certain out-of-state learning placements (OOSLP) in every state, territory, and district other than their own. SARA participating institutions report their OOSLP data (clinical rotations, student teaching, internships, etc.) disaggregated by state, territory, or district and the two-digit Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes as assigned by the U.S. Department of Education. These data are reported annually to NC-SARA in the spring and include the previous calendar year’s OOSLP data.

Consumer Protection (Complaints)

Provisions of the SARA Policy Manual, including those for consumer protection and the resolution of complaints, apply to interstate distance education offered by participating SARA institutions to students in other SARA states. Only those complaints resulting from distance education courses, activities, and operations provided by SARA-participating institutions to students in other SARA states come under the coverage of SARA.  Complaints about a SARA institution’s in-state operations are to be resolved under the state’s normal provisions, not those of SARA.  SARA consumer protection provisions require the home state, through its SARA Portal Entity, to investigate and resolve allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity by the state’s SARA-participating institutions, including the provision of false or misleading information.  The State Portal Entity is responsible for conducting the investigation and resolution of complaints that are not resolved at the institutional level.