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.
“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.
The NC-SARA Board met in Minneapolis November 2-3, 2017. Fifteen of the 22 members attended in person; three participated by phone.
The agenda and Board Book for the meeting may be found HERE and HERE.
During the meeting, the Board heard reports on the progress of the SARA initiative and took numerous actions.
The Fall 2017 NC-SARA National Council will be meeting November 3, 2017 at the Radisson Blu hotel at Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. A copy of the board book can be found here.
The agenda for the next meeting of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is available HERE. The meeting will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Minneapolis, MN on November 3, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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).
NC-SARA has sent the U.S. Department of Education a comment on the definition of a "state authorization reciprocity agreement" contained in rules the Department issued in December, 2016. The letter is available HERE
NC-SARA is pleased to announce that Mary Agnes Larson will be joining our staff as Associate Director for Student and Institutional Support. Mary will start her work here in Boulder in the middle of September.
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The NC-SARA Board met in Atlanta on May 11, 2017. Eighteen of the 22 members attended in person; three participated by phone.
This was the first meeting for four new members: Kathleen Curry Santora, CEO of the National Association of College and University Attorneys; Peter Smith, Orkand Chair and Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, University of Maryland University College; Larry Tremblay, Deputy Commissioner for Planning, Research and Academic Affairs, Louisiana Board of Regents; and Michael C. Zola, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities. All four attended the meeting.