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.
SARA staff have developed new FAQs based on questions received. These FAQs focus on SARA and the states and SARA and the physical presence standard. If you have a question, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montana has been approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to become a member of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). At the same time, Nebraska has been approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA).
Marshall Hill, executive director of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, was recently interviewed by Radio Higher Ed co-hosts, Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon.
The complex and confusing topic of state authorization of higher education institutions has grown even more murky over the past few weeks. Let’s clarify the current state of the issue.
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) appointed former Vice President of Government Affairs for Apollo Education Group Dr. John Lopez to direct the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) for the compact.
Staff members of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) have written an open letter (click to view) to the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) in response to a report, “Ensuring Educational Integrity: 10 steps to improve state oversight of for-profit schools” that NCLC published June 18, 2014.