Tennessee just joined SARA

So now ETSU is a member.  We're still trying to figure out exactly what that means, since all of our previous agreements are void. From Acenet.edu.

A new process of state oversight of postsecondary distance education has been created to redress these problems. It relies on state-level reciprocity, the same concept that keeps us from having to obtain multiple driver’s licenses. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among its member states and U.S. districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards and policies for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. (Participation in SARA is voluntary for both states and  institutions.) Developed over a several-year period by representatives of postsecondary institutions, state agencies of higher education, state higher education regulators, accrediting bodies, and various higher education interest groups, SARA relies on a common set of expectations, standards, and procedures designed to facilitate the expansion of distance education, support quality, and provide responsive consumer protection. U.S. states, districts, and territories may voluntarily join the initiative (similar to their recognizing one another’s drivers’ licenses). 
SARA covers many aspects of distance education, but it doesn’t solve all issues. While a certain degree of experiential learning accompanying online learning is covered, extensive experiential programs may not be. In particular, programs that prepare students for licensure in fields such as nursing, psychology, teaching, and other areas still require the approval of licensing boards in distant states. And if an institution wants to establish a campus or an administrative site in another state, it will have to go through whatever review and approval processes that state requires. For particular information on these complex issues, consult the FAQs and the Policies and Standards sections of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) website, www.nc-sara.org.

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