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 April 2020, 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of SARA. Over 2,100 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.
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.
|Jennifer Armour||Kansas Board of Regents||Kansas|
|Gretchen Bartelson||Northwest Iowa Community College||Iowa|
|Kathleen Fimple||Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education||Nebraska|
|Chris Foley||Indiana University||Indiana|
|Morna Foy||Wisconsin Technical College System||Wisconsin|
|Shellie Haut||Central Michigan University||Michigan|
|Robin Hemenway||Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota||Minnesota|
|Lisa Johnson||North Dakota University System||North Dakota|
|Mary Kochlefl||Xavier University||Ohio|
|Susan Landers||College of DuPage||Illinois|
|Nkechi Onwuameze||Illinois Board of Higher Education||Illinois|
|Ken Sauer||Indiana Commission for Higher Education||Indiana|
|Betsy Talbot||Minnesota Office of Higher Education||Minnesota|
|Laura Vedenhaupt||Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development||Missouri|