Jennifer L. Parks
Midwestern Regional State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA)
Jenny Parks is the director of the Midwestern Regional State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA). Jenny leads the development, implementation, management, and oversight of M-SARA, which enables states in the MHEC region to enter into a voluntary reciprocity agreement for the purpose of authorizing colleges and universities to provide online and other distance-based courses and programs to students living in other states.
Jenny comes to the Compact from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) where she was the university compliance officer. While at UW-L, Jenny obtained approvals for the university to provide online courses to students residing in 46 other states. Jenny has also worked as a research specialist at Viterbo University; a research and assessment specialist for the Peoria (AZ) Unified School District; and a researcher and fellow with the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research. Jenny earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dana College and her Master of Arts degree in educational policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jenny joined the Compact in September 2013.