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Link/File/Video: A More Uniform Way of Recognizing Online Degree Programs Across State Lines, With SARA As A Focus

Hill, Marshall. “A More Uniform Way of Recognizing Online Degree Programs Across State Lines, With SARA As A Focus.” American Council on Education, August 2015.

If we want distance education to play a substantial role in increasing postsecondary attainment in the United States, we need a better approach. The current process is too varied among the states to ensure consistent consumer protection, too cumbersome and expensive for institutions that seek to provide education across state borders, and too fragmented to support our country’s architecture for quality assurance in higher education—the quality assurance triad of accrediting agencies, the federal government, and the states.

ACE’s latest “Quick Hits” white paper is an updated overview of the history, goals, and recent developments in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements regarding online/distance education. Excellent national overview for anyone new to SARA.

In addition to making this content available in PDF, ACE put together a 2.5-minute “visual brief” that presents the core points in animated format.