State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
Through reciprocity, an institution authorized under SARA criteria in its home state would be considered authorized in all other SARA states. Michigan became a member in August 2015, and Kellogg Community College became a SARA institution in April 2016.
Sara Requirements for Reporting Student Location
Under SARA, the college is required to track and report on the states in which students engage in educational activities. The Office of Institutional Compliance Reporting is responsible for reporting out-of-state placements on an annual basis.
Issues SARA Does Not Address
SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs in fields that require state licensure may need approval from the boards overseeing those professions in that state. Students attending an institution that is not approved by the appropriate boards in their state may be restricted from participating in clinical experiences or kept from sitting for the licensure exam.
The National Council for SARA and the four regional compacts that administer SARA require that any college offering courses or programs potentially leading to professional licensure keep all students informed as to whether such offerings actually meet state licensing requirements.
SARA also does not deal with offerings provided free and beyond the scope of current regulation of the degree programs of accredited academic institutions (free, non-credit MOOCs, etc.). Nor does it explicitly deal with non-credit instruction, although if an institution participates in SARA, it’s for-credit and non-credit activities in SARA states are covered by the agreement.