Distance Education


A career veteran of instructional design and student support will lead national nonprofit tasked with expanding distance education’s reach and quality

BOULDER, CO (May 15, 2019) — At a time when access to quality postsecondary education is increasingly critical, a nonprofit charged with increasing the reach of online and other distance education and strengthening protections for its students has selected a new executive with experience in both quality assurance and effective program design to succeed its retiring founding president.


Data Advisory Committee Update: Data Submission Requirements for Institutions Participating in SARA

Friday, December 21, 2018


On December 3-4, 2018 NC-SARA convened the Data Advisory Committee Meeting. This group of individuals reviewed the 2018 enrollment reporting, the voluntary out-of-state learning placement reporting, considered data reporting and collecting improvements, and helped refine protocols and definitions for the 2019 data guides.


Presidential Search Opens

Search Opens for Next NC-SARA President


The NC-SARA Board has made available information about its search for the next President and CEO of NC-SARA. After five and a half years with NC-SARA, Marshall Hill has announced his retirement from that position, effective July, 2019.


Notifying Students About Professional Licensure Issues

November 30, 2018

U. S. Department of Education (ED) regulations affecting state authorization of distance education, issued in December, 2016, that were to take effect on July 1, 2018, addressed with considerable complexity the obligations of institutions to make certain notifications to students enrolling in programs intended to lead to professional licensure. While those rules have now been delayed until 2020 (ED has scheduled additional negotiated rulemaking), the underlying issue of appropriately informing students whether their successful completion of the program in which they are enrolling will enable or qualify them to take professional licensing exams necessary to practice their chosen professional discipline in the location they intend remains.  

NC-SARA 2018 Enrollment and Placement Reports Now Available

We are pleased to release two documents relating to SARA: the NC-SARA 2018 Enrollment Report (available HERE) and the NC-SARA Out-of-State Learning Placements Report (available HERE). SARA institutions each spring report their enrollment data to NC-SARA; this analysis covers the third annual reporting period. 

Comments on NPRM

On June 1, DEAC, NC-SARA and WCET provided comments on the U.S. Department of Education's plan to refer the December 2016 rules regarding state authorization of distance education to a negotiated rulemaking panel.


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