What is SARA & Why Does it Matter? Get The Facts

Updated by on Wed, 11/03/2021 - 08:59

Recognizing the growing demand for distance education opportunities, higher education stakeholders – including state regulators and education leaders, accreditors, the U.S. Department of Education, and institutions – joined together in 2013 to establish the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). These agreements are designed to streamline regulations around distance education programs and make it simpler for states to acknowledge other states’ work and decisions about institutional authorization – and also include important consumer protections to support distance education students.