Higher Education

NC-SARA Board Elects New Officers and Committee Members

During the November 3, 2017 NC-SARA Board Meeting the Board Elected Officers and Executive and Finance Committee members

 

Officers (2-year terms, January 2018 through December 2019)

Paul E. Lingenfelter, Chair

            President Emeritus, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)

Teresa Lubbers, Vice Chair

            Commissioner, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Leroy Wade, Treasurer

          Deputy Commissioner, Missouri Department of Higher Education

 

NC-SARA’s FY 2017 Audit

Marshall A. Hill, Executive Director

 

NC-SARA’s auditors recently completed their audit of NC-SARA financial statements for the years ended June 30, 2017 and 2016. (NC-SARA’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.) The audit was done by the Denver office of RubinBrown, a national accounting and professional consulting firm working in more than a dozen industries – including non-profit organizations, colleges and universities.

 

Two Things: Next July’s USED Rules and HEA Reauthorization

“Coming in July” Rules

On December 19, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) published new rules regarding state authorization of distance education and student assistance general provisions (34 CRF – Parts 600 and 668, respectively); those rules are to become effective July 1, 2018. They contain many requirements that will affect institutions’ distance education work, including the provision of notifications to students about an institution’s state authorization status in every state in which it enrolls students; its accreditation status (including any adverse actions it may have received); and whether the completion of the institution’s pre-licensure programs would enable students to sit for licensure exams in the various states. Institutions must also provide expanded information about how students may lodge complaints against the institution. In this post, we’ll focus on the licensure issue.

NC-SARA Institutions Report Enrollments


We are pleased today to release two documents relating to SARA: NC-SARA 2017 Enrollment Report (available HERE) and a short paper that compares those reported enrollments to 2015 IPEDS distance education data -- NC-SARA Reported Enrollment Mirrors National Distance Education Data, with Some Notable Exceptions (available HERE).  Both reports were prepared for NC-SARA by Terri Taylor Straut, Senior Research Analyst at WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology).

Spring 2017 NC-SARA Enrollment Data Reporting Guide and Data Sharing Agreement

The NC-SARA 2017 Enrollment Data Reporting period will run from May 22 - June 14, 2017.  All SARA institutions are required to participate in enrollment reporting.  A link will to an institution-specific web form will be sent to all active institution contacts on or around May 22nd.  We encourage you to decide which person will be responsible for reporting and submitting your institution's information.  

 

SARA and ACICS-accredited Institutions

ACICS (the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools) is a national accrediting body that has been in the news for the well-publicized failures of some of the institutions it has accredited and accusations of lax accrediting practices. The US Department of Education has removed ACICS from its list of "recognized" accreditors, but a lawsuit over that action is pending in the courts. In the meantime, ACICS-accredited schools have 18 months to obtain accreditation by another recognized accreditor in order to maintain the eligibility of their students to participate in federal financial aid programs.

 

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