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Celebrating SARA's 1,000th  institution
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Celebrating SARA's 1,000th Institution

August 11, 2016
For Immediate Release
August 11, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Shanika
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130, Boulder, CO  80301-2204
303.848.3278
jshanika@nc-sara.org

 
Boulder, Colorado – The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is very pleased to announce that West Virginia State University is the 1,000th institution to participate in SARA, a nationwide initiative of states and institutions that makes distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and makes it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education while improving consumer protection.  
 
"Welcoming West Virginia State University as our 1,000th institution is a wonderful benchmark for the SARA initiative. We're clearly meeting a need, and we're very pleased to see the benefits of SARA spreading to more and more students and institutions throughout the country," said Marshall A. Hill, Executive Director, NC-SARA.
Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution. The University, ‘a living laboratory of human relations,’ is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research. (Taken from http://www.wvhepc.edu/institutions/; accessed 8/10/2016)

“West Virginia State University boasts a 125 year history of providing access to a quality, affordable education, and joining as SARA 's 1,000th institution further solidifies our innovative teaching for generations of Yellow Jackets yet to come,” said
Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, President of West Virginia State University . “As a SARA institution, WVSU is committed to delivering distance learning to students across the globe, enabling each individual to find his or her passion and earn a college degree from which they can build a successful life.”  
 
Drs. Mark Stotler and Paul Hill of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the West Virginia state "portal" entity for SARA, were thrilled with the announcement.  “As one of the first states in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) compact to gain SARA approval, it is exciting to see one of our institutions recognized for this milestone,” Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, said. “West Virginia State University joins 21 other West Virginia colleges and universities participating in SARA, a valuable partnership to reduce the complexity of the regulatory process, minimize institutional costs and increase student protections for online education.” 
 
The announcement of the 1,000th institution is not only a successful milestone for SARA, but also a badge of honor for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the regional compact which includes West Virginia as a member state. SREB has worked tirelessly with its states and the other regional compacts to ensure the success of SARA and expand access to online education across the country. 
 
“As the 1000th SARA member, West Virginia State University represents a major milestone in making distance learning easy for students and colleges nationwide,” said Southern Regional Education Board President Dave Spence. “This is especially important for adult students who juggle other responsibilities, and we’re all pleased at how quickly states and institutions are joining.”
 
As of August 1, 40 states and the District of Columbia are members of SARA, with several other states in the process of applying for membership.
 
Here is the current breakdown of SARA institutions:



 
 
We welcome the continued growth of SARA.
Current status is always available at www.nc-sara.org.

About NC-SARA, MHEC, NEBHE, SREB, WICHE

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The initiative is administered by the country’s four regional higher education compacts (MHEC, NEBHE, SREB and WICHE) and overseen by NC-SARA. States and institutions that choose to participate agree to operate under common standards and procedures, providing a more uniform and less costly regulatory environment for institutions, more focused oversight responsibilities for states and better resolution of student complaints.
www.nc-sara.org
 
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact is a nonprofit regional organization assisting Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. MHEC seeks to fill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote innovative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
www.mhec.org
 
The New England Board of Higher Education promotes greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England. It works across the six New England states to engage and assist leaders in the assessment, development, and implementation of sound education practices and policies of regional significance; promote policies, programs, and best practices to assist the states in implementing important regional higher education policies; promote regional cooperation and programs that encourage the efficient use and sharing of educational resources; and provide leadership to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the economic well-being of New England.
www.nebhe.org
The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through Ph.D. SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Atlanta. SREB states currently participate in SREB’s Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity Agreement, and SREB is working closely with SARA to expand reciprocity nationwide. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
www.sreb.org
 
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and its 16 members work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy among states and institutions, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life. WICHE’s members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (the first of the U.S. Pacific territories and freely associated states to participate).
www.wiche.edu
 

 
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