state authorization

state authorization

salina area technical college has been approved to participate in the national council for state authorization reciprocity agreements.

this approval was granted in february 2020 and enables students from all but one state (california) to enroll in distance learning courses at satc.

national council for state authorization reciprocity agreements (nc-sara)

the state authorization reciprocity agreements, commonly known as sara, provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.  when states join sara, they agree to follow uniform processes for approving their eligible institutions’ participation.  they also agree to deal with other states’ sara institutions in a common way when those institutions carry out activities in sara states other than their own.

sara’s policies help protect students and provide benefits to both states and institutions carrying out distance education in multiple states.  as of april 2020, 49 states, the district of columbia, puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands are members of sara.  over 2,100 colleges and universities participate in sara.

professional licensure

sara does not cover professional licensing board approval for programs leading to state licensing in fields such as nursing, teacher education, psychology, etc. we acknowledge the seriousness, pervasiveness and complexity of that issue.  sara does, however, require that proper notification be given to students as to whether courses and programs will meet the professional licensure requirements in states where students are located.

regional education compacts

the midwestern higher education compact is a nonprofit regional organization assisting midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. mhec seeks to fill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote innovative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. member states are: illinois, indiana, iowa, kansas, michigan, minnesota, missouri, nebraska, north dakota, ohio, south dakota, and wisconsin.