Norfolk State has acquired institutional participation in the National Council State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) through the State Council for Higher Education (SCHEV). Under the agreement, Norfolk State University will now be able to admit students to the online programs from any state that is recognized as a SARA state. The University will be able to operate in other participating SARA states without seeking independent authorization from those states. SARA helps to bring quality assurance and consumer protection to world of online learning,
What is SARA?
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 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 and administered by four regional education compacts.
Benefits for Norfolk State University students
As an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), the University is able to:
- Expand access to educational offerings
- Provide better resolution of complaints from students in SARA states
- Enhance overall quality of distance education