On November 16, the Midwestern Higher Education
Compact (MHEC) approved Kansas and Missouri
to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA). On November 11, Arizona,
Oregon and South Dakota were approved by the Western Interstate Commission for
Higher Education (WICHE) to become members of the WICHE State Authorization
Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). Those five
states join 12 others (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana,
Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia) as
members of SARA.
SARA is an
agreement among member states, districts and 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. SARA is overseen by a National Council (NC-SARA)
and administered by four regional education compacts (MHEC, WICHE, the New
England Board of Higher Education and the Southern Regional Education Board).
members of SARA are states, not institutions or students. State membership is
voluntary; a state becomes a member of SARA, while a college or university
operates under or participates in SARA. States join SARA through their
respective regional compact.
view state authorization legislation introduced during the 2014 legislative
session, please visit the ADEA United States Interactive Legislative Tracking Map, and select “state
authorization” from the dropdown menu. As bills related to state authorization are
filed and introduced for the 2015 session, those bills will be added to the
be advised that on or shortly after January 1, 2015, the ADEA United States
Interactive Legislative Tracking Map will be refreshed. All legislation for the
calendar year 2014 session and the 2013–2014 session will be removed, unless
the final governor action has not been completed or the state allows carryover
bills (measures that were not final enacted during the last session or year but
may be carried over to the next session for consideration). However, newly
filed and introduced legislation for the 2015 session will remain on the map.
Of course, as new bills relevant to academic dentistry are introduced, the
bills will be added to the map.