State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)


Elizabeth City State University has been approved by SARA North Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered in other states, to give them confidence that programs in other states are properly authorized and thus to improve the quality of online education. State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Manual

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) oversees SARA.With this membership, Elizabeth City State University programs are automatically available to students who reside in the 49 participating states.  At present, only California has not yet joined the NC-SARA initiative.  NC-SARA operates under the authority of four regional education compacts: the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, the New England Board of Higher Education, the Southern Regional Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. North Carolina is one of 16 states in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) compact.

Elizabeth City State University is only authorized to provide distance education to the 49 participating state and the U.S. territories that are fellow members of NC-SARA. Currently, the U.S. territories that are not members of NC-SARA are: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

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For More Information:

Trina Gregory, University Program Specialist
Distance Education
Elizabeth City State University 
Campus Box 924
1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Toll-Free: (877) 432-7662 
Fax: 252-335-3426