We are pleased to release two documents relating to SARA: the NC-SARA 2018 Enrollment Report (available HERE) and the NC-SARA Out-of-State Learning Placements Report (available HERE). SARA institutions each spring report their enrollment data to NC-SARA; this analysis covers the third annual reporting period.
At the upcoming NC-SARA board meeting, scheduled for November 1, 2018, the Board will consider 2 modifications to the SARA Manual and related polices.
Section 3: Institutions and Participation
Section 3.2, Provisional status for SARA institutions and
Section 3.3. Provisional status of an institution between renewal periods
Berkeley College, NC-SARA, OLC, Quality Matters, and WCET have formulated a set of questions to help students navigate their online education options and determine the environment that best suits their preferences, education goals, and work/life balance.
NC-SARA is pleased to announce that Massachusetts and Puerto Rico have now joined SARA. Massachusetts’ application has been approved by the New England Board of Higher Education; Puerto Rico’s application has been approved by the Southern Regional Education Board.
On June 1, DEAC, NC-SARA and WCET provided comments on the U.S. Department of Education's plan to refer the December 2016 rules regarding state authorization of distance education to a negotiated rulemaking panel.
SARA staff have received several questions regarding the state-mandated tuition refund policies of several (SARA) states and the applicability of those polices to SARA-participating institutions operating from other states.
At the NC-SARA board meeting on May 3, NC-SARA staff will recommend that NC-SARA create a searchable database of academic programs offered at a distance by SARA institutions.
In January of 2017, NC-SARA released the following blog post and related letter:
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.