CSG and Presidents' Forum Continue Work on State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

A drafting team convened jointly by CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Presidents’ Forum is continuing efforts to develop a compact to facilitate interstate reciprocity in distance learning.  A working draft of the compact, known as the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), was released earlier this week during a presentation at The National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) annual meeting. 

The compact it is seeking to assure that the member states in the agreement have authorization processes that meet broad, common standards (i.e. a floor for participation).  It also aims to shift the responsibility for authorization to the “home state” of the institution. Once an institution receives approval in its home state, it will not need to seek approval in other compacting states.  The ultimate goal is to save institutions from having to go through multiple and often times expensive approval processes, while also increasing access to high quality distance learning opportunities. 

Russ Poulin, a member of the drafting team, drafted a blog post entitled State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Draft Released: Seeking Your Feedback, which broadly outlines the goals of the compact.  To read Russ’ blog please click here.  To read the working draft please click here.