SREB SARA Documents

Overview

SREB SARA Documents

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among its member states, districts and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions in a state other than the one where they reside. SARA is overseen by a national council and administered by four regional higher education compacts, MHEC, NEBHE, SREB and WICHE. The four SARA agreements of these compacts are collectively referred to as the agreements.

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NC SARA Institution Applications Updated
Institution Applications Updated as of August 22, 2017

The Institution Applications have been edited for clarity and consistency.  The new forms are linked below and can also be found on the NC-SARA website.  Updates include:

  • Agency has been replaced with Entity
  • Added: Institutional Accrediting Organization Field
  • Added: Secondary Institution Contact
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NC SARA: New Federal Rules Affecting Distance Education
Institutional Administrators of SARA-participating Institutions

Existing SARA Policies and Standards largely are congruent with the department’s draft regulations, and NC-SARA is particularly pleased the department recognizes an institution’s participation in a reciprocity agreement as evidence of state authorization and an appropriate way to protect students in distance education programs. The department’s final regulations,which we anticipate by November 1, 2016 to be effective July 1, 2017, will remain prominent in future policies and standards adopted by SARA.

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SARA Newsletters
Another SARA Milestone - August 2016

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.  

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NC SARA FAQs

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.