Sara Agreements

The National Authorization Agreement (SAR) is a national initiative to establish comparable national standards for the intergovernmental provision of remote post-secondary training and programs. SARA is a voluntary agreement between regional compacts (SREB, NEBHE, MHEC and WICHE) and Member States. Each Member State approves its governmental institutions for SARA`s participation. Institutional affiliation is voluntary and is open to accredited educational institutions in all sectors of post-secondary education (owner, public, private). After approval, SARA member institutions may offer distance education programmes in other SARA member states without additional authorisation. For more information on SARA and the current list of participating states and institutions, see Shireman, however, stated that he believed SARA had been „oversold“ in colleges, because they still had to organize government agreements for online training in professions requiring state licenses, such as Z.B, teaching or nursing. „I think many institutions in California are under the illusion that joining SARA would end their online enrollment or make it easier for them to enroll students in other countries,“ he said. „But the reality is that there`s no magic for SARA, and there are a lot of regulatory problems that it doesn`t handle.“ For more information on SARA, a map of SARA Member States and participating schools, see: Currently, if a California institution wants to offer online courses to students living in the state, they must enter into agreements with each country in which they wish to work. This can be a long and costly process, Soares said.

She said part of SARA would deny the need for such agreements and the institutions would save tens of thousands of dollars. The costs of an institution participating in SARA consist of two parts. The first is a necessary SARA fee, which is paid to the National Council for SARA.