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SARA: National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

SARA is "an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards; interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.” While being a SARA approved institution does not remove the need for state authorization for all online programs, since not all states are SARA members, being a SARA approved institution allows SVSU to deliver online programs to residents in any SARA member state without seeking additional authorization from that particular state. Participation in SARA is intended to allow students greater access to SVSU courses and programs offered in other states.

Saginaw Valley State University’s Center for Academic Innovation and Online Learning Office will work with faculty and staff members across all colleges and departments within SVSU that have or might establish programs regarding existing and future distance education programs. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in his/her state of residence. For more information about SARA, please visit


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