Sara Agreement

California will soon be the only state not to sign up to an agreement that will help colleges offer online education across national borders. Consumer advocates there, concerned about for-profit universities, hope it will stay that way. Sara is a voluntary and intergovernmental reciprocity agreement that sets comparable standards for the intergovernmental provision of distance education. Member States shall recognise participating organisations recognised in other Member States. The enrolment of residents of Member States through distance learning does not require authorisation procedures or additional institutional fees. Participating institutions only need to obtain authorization from the State of origin and not from any other State. Institutional participation is voluntary and limited to accredited institutions. Sara sets comparable national standards for the intergovernmental delivery of remote post-graduate programs and programs. It is intended to facilitate online courses offered by post-secondary institutions established in another state. For more information on SARA, a map of SARA Member States and participating schools is available at www.nc-sara.org. For more information on SARA and the current list of participating States and institutions, see www.nc-sara.org. www.nc-sara.org/content/benefits-institutions www.nc-sara.org/files/docs/SARA-Institutional-Application.pdf.pdf SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) is an agreement between Member States that establishes comparable national standards for the intergovernmental provision of remote programmes and post-compliance programmes. Sara only applies to distance learning, not in the field or group activities (NCS 3(4) and focuses only on distance learning in the United States that crosses national borders.

SARA members are states, not institutions or students. SARA does not replace state authorization and only state-recognized accredited institutions can work under SARA. SARA refers to the approval of distance learning programs and programs offered across borders by institutions that already have a graduation permit in at least one state. . . .