This week, Kentucky and Pennsylvania were approved by the Southern Regional Education Board to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). These states bring the number of participating states to 44, plus the District of Columbia.
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.
Atlanta, GA — Delaware, District of Columbia, North Carolina and South Carolina are now members of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. Forty states plus DC — close to 1,000 institutions — now participate in SARA.
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.
SREB/iNACOL National Online Teachers of the Year are capitalizing on technology to engage students in exciting ways. In this report, the NOTY winners and finalists share experiences that can help all teachers integrate technology into the classroom to reach students effectively. Benefits include connecting with every student as an individual; differentiating instruction for individual students; and increasing access to courses. Looking ahead, NOTYs say that teacher preparation programs should introduce teachers to online strategies and that states need strong accountability measures to ensure high quality courses.
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.
Part-time college students made up 38 percent of undergraduates in SREB states by 2013. Many part-time students work to pay their living expenses as well as tuition, and the more hours they work, the longer it takes them to finish, on average. Part-timers are eligible for less financial aid, and they tend to file later, missing early deadlines.