MOUNT VERNON —Mount Vernon
Nazarene University was recently welcomed as an
institutional participant in The State Authorization Reciprocity
Agreement (SARA) initiative. The SARA initiative is an agreement among
member states 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.
Marshall A. Hill, Executive Director of the National Council for State
Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, congratulated and welcomed MVNU as
an institutional participant in SARA.
“A great deal of work has gone into the development and
implementation of the SARA initiative. We know that SARA will increase
administrative efficiency and lower the costs of obtaining authorization
to provide postsecondary distance education in states that join. These
benefits will result in increased access as institutions like yours are
able to more widely distribute academic programs and accept enrollments
from students in many other states,” Hill said.
Dr. Randie Timpe, Assistant to the President for Effectiveness and
Planning at MVNU, explained that as each state has their own
authorization process and application, the process can take up to 18
months, and can include costly fees.
“An institution that becomes an SARA participant then can speed the
process and decrease the expenditure of seeking individual state
authorizations,” Timpe said.
SARA is a completely voluntary initiative that benefits institutions
that offer online or other distance education courses to students in
several states because that institution may have less paperwork and
fewer fees to pay. The advantage is that it allows institutions to
enroll students in distance programs without having to go through the
individual authorization process, which can be time consuming and
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