What is the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)?
- SARA is a state-level reciprocity process for
providing distance education opportunities across state lines.
- SARA allows
SLCC to offer online programs nationwide.
- SLCC has been
an approved SARA institution since 2016. USHE is the central point of contact
for Utah SARA institutions.
establishes a set of standards for offering online programs in member states
and territories. SARA also provides distance-learning students with a method
for filing complaints.
What Does Professional Licensure Have To Do With SARA?
- SARA obligates SLCC to communicate with
students about whether a program or course meets state licensing requirements
in the state where the student resides.
- We recommend that departments with programs
that lead to professional licensure post a clear disclaimer about licensure on
the program webpage and in the program catalog description.
- If a specific profession has a multi-state
licensure process or licensure reciprocity, we recommend sharing this
information with students on the program of study webpage and catalog
Why Do We Have To Do Licensure Notifications?
- SARA obligates SLCC to notify students who
reside out-of-state when they apply for a program or when they enroll in a
course that could lead to a profession that requires licensure.
- Out-of-state students must be notified about
licensure requirements in writing. An
email to the student’s bruinmail email account meets the SARA notification
What Do Internships Have To Do with SARA?
- SARA asks us to track out-of-state internships
or clinicals. SARA defines this as a
for-credit course (not a field trip or co-curricular opportunity).
- eLearning will contact departments in the
spring to ask for numbers for the previous calendar year. We encourage all departments to track
State Authorization Coordinator