BU to participate in SARA initiative

For Immediate Release: Jan. 26, 2017

BLOOMSBURG— The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) has recognized Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania as an institutional participant in the SARA initiative.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. It also allows students to participate in many types of field experiences in other SARA-member states. Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia participate in SARA. (SARA does not address professional licensing board approval for courses or programs leading to state licensing or certification.)

SARA increases administrative efficiency and lowers the costs of obtaining authorization to provide postsecondary distance education in states that join. The benefits result in improved access as institutions can make their academic programs more widely available and accept enrollments from students in other states.

All SARA institutions annually commit to several steps designed to ensure that courses and programs offered through the SARA initiative provide high-quality learning opportunities that can help students reach their goals.

SARA is administered by the four regional education compacts (Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). Membership is open to degree-granting postsecondary institutions from all sectors (public colleges and universities; independent institutions, both non-profit and for-profit) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.