Indiana becomes first state to adopt SARA

Indiana became the first state to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) this week.  SARA was developed as a joint effort between the Presidents’ Forum, the Council of State Governments, the Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education, and the four regional higher education compacts – the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). 

SARA is a voluntary agreement for both states and institutions seeking ways to more effectively and efficiently provide online education options to students. The agreement allows states and institutions to work together to address an existing patchwork of regulation across states while strengthening the states' roles in protecting students from unfair or illegal practices.  It is intended to streamline the regulatory process and will hopefully increase access to higher education while effectively protecting consumers.

States that wish to join SARA must make necessary statutory changes and demonstrate to their existing regional compacts that the state has sufficient processes in place for authorizing home state institution to wishing to participate in the agreement.  Indiana’s participation in SARA was formally approved by MHEC .

To learn more about SARA please visit http://www.ncsara.org.