Update on the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Update on the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

August 10, 2014

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is intended to broaden the availability of—and access to—accredited online degree programs by reducing state regulatory barriers while ensuring strong consumer safeguards. The agreement is finalized and states are starting to participate. This session provided an update on progress of the agreement, as well as a discussion about what your state needs to do to become a member.  



Marshall Hill, Executive Director, The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

  Download the presentation "SARA Overview and Update" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

Scott Jenkins, Program Director, Education Division, NGA

Travis Reindl, Senior Program Officer, Postsecondary Policy and Advocacy, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Paul Shiffman, Executive Director, The Presidents’ Forum at Excelsior College

  Download the presentation "Rationalizing State Authorization: Examples of the Cost of Compliance" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)


Speaker Biographies:

Marshall Hill

Hill worked with the Presidents’ Forum and CSG’s drafting team to develop the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. He also worked on the development of the agreements with the country’s four regional higher education compacts and was a member of the National Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education.

Scott Jenkins 

Jenkins focuses on postsecondary education, working with state policy leaders to transform higher education and workforce systems to improve student success, productivity and quality. He previously served as director of external relations for Western Governors University and the senior education policy director for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Travis Reindl

Reindl concentrates on postsecondary success through policy and advocacy. Prior to joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he completed a three-year stint at the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, where he oversaw postsecondary education work, concentrating on increasing postsecondary access and completion, finance, governance and accountability.

Paul Shiffman

Shiffman joined Excelsior College in 2002 and serves as the chief executive officer of the Presidents’ Forum and assistant vice president for strategic and governmental relations. At The Presidents’ Forum, he focuses on policy, regulatory and fiscal issues associated with adult serving and distance learning institutions. He was a principal drafter of the agreement.