Currently, 47 states participate in SARA, a system of intergovernmental reciprocity with a unique set of basic standards and procedures that institutions of participating states must adhere to for their distance learning programs. The reciprocity system ensures that institutions can easily implement distance learning programs in several countries, provided they meet the regulatory requirements of their home countries. The Home State Regulation contains standards for institutional quality, consumer protection and institutional financial responsibility. SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) is an agreement between Member States that sets comparable national standards for the intergovernmental provision of distance-based post-secondary courses and programmes. SARA applies only to distance education, which is not provided on ground or group activities (NCS 3 (4) and focuses solely on distance learning in the United States, which crosses national borders. SARA members are states that are not institutions or students. Sara does not replace state authorization and only state-accredited institutions can operate under SARA. SARA refers to the authorisation of courses and distance programmes delivered across national borders by institutions that already have admission to higher education in at least one state. States have the opportunity to become SARA members through their regional pact. There are four regional pacts, including: Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Despite initial resistance, Massachusetts is expected to become the 49th state to join the agreement before the end of the year. If so, California will be the only state that is not a member of SARA — a regulatory framework that makes it easier for colleges and universities to obtain state approvals to offer online training in the United States.
Shireman said, however, that he believed SARA had been “oversold” at 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.” If a California institution wants to offer online courses to students living in the state, they must currently 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. Peter McPherson, President of the APLU, was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Council for SARA (NC-SARA) and Paul Lingenfelter, former President of the National Directorate of Higher Education (SHEEO), was Chairman of the Board of Directors of NC-SARA, which played a central role in the development of the Commission for the Regulation of Post-Secondary Education, which was the framework of the reciprocity system. The Commission, led by former U.S. Education Minister Richard Riley, brought together a large number of heads of state, academics and academics, accreditors and regulators to address the challenges institutions face in compliance with government laws and regulations.