A special committee on SARA policy regarding methods of including multi-institutional consortia in SARA has begun work. It will recommend policies to SARA Regional Steering Committees and the NC-SARA Board in fall, 2016. The Committee will be chaired by
If an institution participates in SARA, does that mean it must accept transfer credits from other SARA institutions?
No. SARA has no impact on an institution’s policies and decisions about the acceptance of transfer credit. Those remain at the discretion of the institution, subject only to relevant state laws or requirements.
After extensive consultation with regional compact staff and others, under authority delegated by the NC-SARA Board the executive director has approved several modifications to the NC-SARA Policies and Standards. They are as follows: 1) clarification of the definition of “supervised field experience” (Section 1, item 26); 2) clarification of SARA states’ application of ”requirements, standards, fees, procedures,” and SARA states’ ability to apply general purpose laws relating to consumer protection, fraudulent activities and related matters (Section 2.5.g-h); 3)policies and procedures for SARA institutions that change their home state (Section 3.4); 4) clarified language on the limitations of SARA (Section 3.7) and 5) the use of the word “approved” in regard to SARA institutions (Section 3.14).
The Spring 2016 SARA reporting period will be May 9-20, 2016.
Drafts of the two documents that will be used by SARA institutions for their Spring 2016 data reporting have been posted on the NC-SARA website.
A DRAFT of the Data Sharing Agreement is available at: http://nc-sara.org/files/docs/NC-SARA_DSA_012516-DRAFT.pdf
A DRAFT of the Data Reporting Guide is available at: http://nc-sara.org/files/docs/NC-SARA%20_DataReportingGuide_012516_DRAFT.pdf
Both documents will be used in the reporting process.
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NC-SARA is pleased to announce that DePaul University, Chicago, IL, has become the 500th SARA institution. SARA now spreads across the country, with 29 member states. An additional six (AL, GA, MD, MS, RI, TX) have submitted applications to their regional compacts, with several others anticipating application in early 2016.
On March 12, 2015, Senator Kirk Watson introduced SB 1470, which would authorize Texas to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
On February 27, 2015, Senator Marty Block introduced SB 634, which would authorize California to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
New Hampshire is joining a growing nationwide network of states that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education.
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