SARA for Students

Issues SARA does not address

SARA does not deal with professional licensing board approval for programs leading to state licensing in fields such as nursing, teacher education, psychology, etc. We acknowledge the seriousness, pervasiveness and complexity of that issue; but, for now, SARA provides no solution. That is an additional challenge that will require future attention. Waiting to roll out SARA until those issues were resolved would, in our view, have delayed SARA implementation by several years.

SARA also does not deal with offerings provided free and beyond the scope of current regulation of the degree programs of accredited academic institutions (free, non-credit MOOCs, etc.). And while SARA does not deal in detail with non-credit instruction, if an institution participates in SARA, its for-credit and non-credit activities in SARA states are covered by the agreement.