Higher Education

New York Approves Regulations - Moving Ahead with SARA

At the September 13, 2016 meeting of the NYS Board of Regents, New York State’s participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) was approved.  This action has New York institutions and students one step closer to enjoying the benefits of SARA participation such as providing set quality standards and safeguards, improving consumer protection, creating a more efficient provision of distance education to a broader market, enhancing the overall quality of distance education, and reducing rapidly growing institutional costs that can be passed along to students.

 

New FAQ Added

If an institution participates in SARA, does that mean it must accept transfer credits from other SARA institutions?

No.  SARA has no impact on an institution’s policies and decisions about the acceptance of transfer credit. Those remain at the discretion of the institution, subject only to relevant state laws or requirements.

Updates to Policies and Standards

After extensive consultation with regional compact staff and others, under authority delegated by the NC-SARA Board the executive director has approved several modifications to the NC-SARA Policies and Standards. They are as follows:  1) clarification of the definition of “supervised field experience” (Section 1, item 26); 2) clarification of SARA states’ application of ”requirements, standards, fees, procedures,” and SARA states’ ability to apply general purpose laws relating to consumer protection, fraudulent activities and related matters (Section 2.5.g-h); 3)policies and procedures for SARA institutions that change their home state (Section 3.4); 4) clarified language on the limitations of SARA (Section 3.7) and 5) the use of the word “approved” in regard to SARA institutions (Section 3.14).

 

Spring 2016 NC-SARA Data Collection

The Spring 2016 SARA reporting period will be May 9-20, 2016.

 
Drafts of the two documents that will be used by SARA institutions for their Spring 2016 data reporting have been posted on the NC-SARA website.
 
A DRAFT of the Data Sharing Agreement is available at:  http://nc-sara.org/files/docs/NC-SARA_DSA_012516-DRAFT.pdf
 
A DRAFT of the Data Reporting Guide is available at: http://nc-sara.org/files/docs/NC-SARA%20_DataReportingGuide_012516_DRAFT.pdf
 
Both documents will be used in the reporting process.
 
Please address comments or questions to: info@nc-sara.org

 

Our 500th SARA Institution

NC-SARA is pleased to announce that DePaul University, Chicago, IL, has become the 500th SARA institution. SARA now spreads across the country, with 29 member states. An additional six (AL, GA, MD, MS, RI, TX) have submitted applications to their regional compacts, with several others anticipating application in early 2016.

Welcome, DePaul!

Distance education efficiencies: An emerging state and institution partnership (April 21, 2013)

Distance education efficiencies: An emerging state and institution partnership (April 21, 2013)

Join Radio Higher Ed co-hosts Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon for a conversation with Dr. Marshall Hill, Executive Director for Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education.
 

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