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).
The two documents, based on fall 2016 distance education enrollments reported to NC-SARA in the spring of 2017, summarize and analyze the reported enrollments of 1,477 SARA institutions. Those institutions reported combined out-of-state enrollments of 1,170,725 students. The majority (82.9% ) of reported enrollments were in SARA states; 17.1% were in the three states that were not SARA members at the time of reporting (CA, FL and MA).
The institutional response rate for the enrollment survey was 98.9 percent; non-responding institutions have been contacted and have committed to report in the future.
SARA institutions each spring report their enrollment data to NC-SARA. These analyses cover the second annual reporting period. An Excel file of the reported data is available HERE.
As of today, 48 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of SARA; in addition, Massachusetts has passed SARA-enabling legislation. More than 1,600 institutions participate in SARA.
Marshall A. Hill