Topic: Distance/Online Education

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Puerto Rico Joins Distance Ed Agreement

SARA collaboration among states expands online options for students, reduces costs for institutions

Puerto Rico was approved by the Southern Regional Education Board to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

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Pie chart of SARA Institutions by region: 44% in SREB, 32% in MHEC, 13% in WICHE, and 10% in NEBHE

Texas Surpasses 100 SARA-Approved Institutions

“Texas is always happy to be the first; especially in initiatives that are good for both students and institutions,” said Rex Peebles, assistant commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. As the 48 states and territories in SARA work towards getting institutions SARA-approved, Texas announced that it is the first state to reach 100 institutions approved. Pennsylvania at 93 institutions, and Illinois at 84, remain a close second and third.

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Florida Joins Distance Ed Agreement

SARA collaboration among states expands online options for students, reduces costs for institutions

The state of Florida was approved by the Southern Regional Education Board to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

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West Virginia State University is 1,000th SARA Member
Major milestone in building nationwide access to distance learning

West Virginia State University is the 1,000th institution to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (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.  

Publication February 201620 pages

Direct From the Inside: KCTCS Direct2Degree Program

This document reports on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s 2013 Next Generation Learning Challenges grant to focus on breakthrough models for enhancing college completion. The KCTCS Direct2Degree program targeted low-income students in rural areas. 

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Publication 201316 pages(13T02W)

Confessions of the NOTYs: How Technology Helps Teachers Succeed

Winners and finalists of the SREB/iNACOL National Online Teachers of the Year award share ways to integrate technology into the classroom to engage students. Benefits include connecting with each student as an individual; differentiating instruction; and increasing access to courses. The teachers say teacher preparation programs should introduce online strategies and that states need strong accountability measures to ensure high quality courses.

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Publication June 20123 pages

Principles of Good Practice

The Principles of Good Practice were developed to assure students about the quality of courses and programs at SREB’s Electronic Campus. The principles draw upon the work of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and other organizations. All Electronic Campus courses and programs have been reviewed against the Principles of Good Practice by the offering colleges or universities and have been coordinated through the state higher education agency.

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