VA Hosts SARA Advisory Committee Meeting
Distance Education Trends, Challenges and Best practices


On November 8, 2018, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia hosted its fourth annual SARA Advisory Committee Meeting in Richmond, Virginia, for 59 educators and compliance professionals from 44 of its SARA-approved institutions, as well as 13 other attendees that included guest speakers and representatives from SARA-related agencies.

As Marshall Hill, NC-SARA Executive Director, often stated, “The easy stuff is over.” This sentiment was echoed at this year’s workshop by presentations that covered distance education trends, challenges and best practices. Changes in federal regulations and compliance, data reporting and distance education program maintenance have become the focus of SARA-approved states and institutions, instead of membership. Discussions were also held on topics such as the SREB region’s Cost Benefit Analysis and International Compliance.