The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) was established to help expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs.
Two critical components of our mission are:
- to assure students are well-served in a rapidly-changing education landscape, and
- to increase the quality and value of higher education credentials earned through distance education programs.
To do so, SARA participating institutions must meet certain requirements – many of which are focused on ensuring appropriate consumer protections for students.
Protecting Students & Demanding Quality
Read more about how the NC-SARA mission and policies support consumer protections in distance education in this 2-page overview.
Key NC-SARA Student Consumer Protections include:
- All SARA institutions must be accredited.
- SARA institutions must have U.S. oversight.
- SARA institutions must demonstrate healthy finances.
- SARA institutions are accountable for third-party providers.
- SARA institutions must adhere to high standards.
- SARA institutions must uphold stringent reporting and accountability requirements.
- SARA institutions are required to have transparency around professional licensure.
- SARA institutions must find ways to meet obligations to students.
- Student complaints are taken seriously.
- Compliance is non-negotiable.
To learn more about each of these protections, click here.
Looking Forward: Maintaining NC-SARA's Commitment to Students
We always welcome feedback for how we can continue to enhance our policies and processes to better serve institutions, states, and – most importantly – students nationwide. To share your thoughts, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.