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.
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.
At the upcoming NC-SARA board meeting, scheduled for November 1, 2018, the Board will consider 2 modifications to the SARA Manual and related polices.
Section 3: Institutions and Participation
Section 3.2, Provisional status for SARA institutions and
Section 3.3. Provisional status of an institution between renewal periods
Berkeley College, NC-SARA, OLC, Quality Matters, and WCET have formulated a set of questions to help students navigate their online education options and determine the environment that best suits their preferences, education goals, and work/life balance.
NC-SARA is pleased to announce that Massachusetts and Puerto Rico have now joined SARA. Massachusetts’ application has been approved by the New England Board of Higher Education; Puerto Rico’s application has been approved by the Southern Regional Education Board.
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.
Members of the NC-SARA board met in Denver on May 3, 2017. The agenda and materials prepared for the meeting are available HERE. The NC-SARA Board took the following actions:
The agenda for the May 3rd NC-SARA Board meeting is available HERE. Electronic copies of the meeting materials will be posted on the NC-SARA website early next week.