Jennifer L. Parks

Director, Midwestern Regional State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA)

Phone: 612-287-5131

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's degree from Dana College and her master's degree in educational policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jenny joined the Compact in September 2013.