ADEA State Update

Five Additional States Join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

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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).

The 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.

To 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 interactive map.[1]


[1] Please 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. 

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