Does Your Distance Education Program Cross the State Line?

Is your institution aware of the legal issues and the requirements of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements?

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

There are a lot of details institutions need to be aware of today, and things to track in the future. New Federal regulations around SARA may become effective July 2018.  Where can you get information about SARA?  TXDLA has started the Texas State Authorization Network (TxSAN).  TxSAN, a service of TxDLA, purpose is to connect Texas people with each other and resources related to state authorization compliance. The immediate TxSAN goal is to inform TxSAN participants about essential state authorization elements.

There is an occasional newsletter and a monthly TxSAN online meeting with speakers presenting relevant information.  Plans are in the works for a pre-conference SARA workshop at the 2018 TxDLA Conference.  Other TxSAN events may be announced based on interest and need. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of TxSAN, or need more information contact Tom Dolan, or Ray Rose