The New York State Board of Regents met Tuesday, February 10, 2015, and approved necessary actions for New York to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
Minnesota has been approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA).
New Hampshire has been approved by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) as the first state in the region to join the New England State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (N-SARA).
Board members of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) assembled on December 2, 2014 in Atlanta to decide on a number of items essential to the initiative’s continued development.
SARA staff have developed new FAQs based on questions received. These FAQs focus on SARA and institutions and SARA and the physical presence standard.
Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota were approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) on November 11, 2014, to become members of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA).
Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia have been approved by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), as the first states in the compact's region to become members of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Virginia has an effective operational date of October 17, 2014; Louisiana and West Virginia have an effective operational date of December 1, 2014.
The State of Montana, a SARA member state, recently sent a letter to all institutions known to be operating online in the state, requesting that such schools notify the state of their current operational posture.
SARA staff are occasionally asked for help in identifying good approaches to dealing with institutional closures.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) has adopted a Resolution in support of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and encourages its member jurisdictions to consider the new interstate agreements as an innovative policy solution that will increase degree attainment and reduce costs for students, states, and institutions.