Midwestern-State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, commonly known as SARA, provide a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. When states join SARA -- and membership is voluntary -- they agree to follow uniform processes for approving their eligible  institutions' participation in SARA. They also agree to deal with other states' SARA institutions in a common way when those institutions carry out activities in SARA states other than their own. SARA's uniform standards and policies provide benefits to both states and institutions carrying out distance education in multiple states. As of June 2018, 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of SARA. About 1,800 colleges and universities participate.

As of August 12, 2016, eleven states are participating in the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. South Dakota, also a MHEC member state, joined SARA through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Participation in SARA
48 + 2
States + Territories
1,700
Institutions & counting
$14.5M
FY17 Savings
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Jul
16-18

M-SARA Annual Meetings

An annual meeting of the Midwestern-State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA) Regional Steering Committee (RSC) members and State Portal Entities (SPE).

In collaboration with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) and the National Council for State Authorization Agreements (NC-SARA), the M-SARA Regional Steering Committee establishes and disseminates criteria for state participation and amends such criteria, as appropriate, over time.

M-SARA Regional Steering Committee
Gretchen Bartelson Northwest Iowa Community College Iowa
Stephanie Davidson Ohio Department of Higher Education Ohio
Kathleen Fimple Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education Nebraska
Chris Foley Indiana University System Indiana
Morna Foy Wisconsin Technical College System Wisconsin
Shellie Haut Central Michigan University Michigan
Lane Huber Bismarck State College North Dakota
Susan Huppert Des Moines University Iowa
Donald Madelung Governor's Designee Wisconsin
Michael Michaelis Fort Hays State University Kansas
Mary Niemiec University of Nebraska Nebraska
Nkechi Onwuameze Illinois Board of Higher Education Illinois
Ken Sauer Indiana Commission for Higher Education Indiana
Ingeborg "Bibi" Schultz Missouri State Board of Nursing Missouri
Betsy Talbot Minnesota Office of Higher Education Minnesota
Laura Vedenhaupt Missouri Department of Higher Education Missouri
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Emily Jacobson

Midwestern-State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Manager