Because the SARA framework requires that all types of institutions – public or private, not-for-profit or for-profit – be treated equally, without different requirements or charges, consumer advocates fear that the state`s protection against non-appetizing profits will be “discarded” if California joins SARA, according to Soares. Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancery and other public institutions to immediately analyze the potential benefits and risks of participating in the state`s authorization of recipility, and the results of the field analysis as quickly as possible. States join NC-SARA. Institutions within states must apply to their national portal agency for permission. The decision to participate in the State Authorization Agreement (SARA) is left to the institution concerned and not all institutions in each participating state are members of LA SARA. SARA institutions must be accredited by an accredited organization that is “recognized” by the U.S. Department of Education and whose area of expertise, as defined by the department, covers distance learning. OhSU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). While she supports California`s membership in SARA, Soares said the process will not be easy.
Beyond the opposition of consumer advocates, California is one of the few states where there is no higher education coordinating body to lead a legislative initiative. The creation of such an organization would be necessary to allow California to join SARA, since a state organization must decide which institutions may or may not join SARA. The organization must also review and resolve all complaints against accredited institutions. “Now is the time for states to come to the plate and make sure their students are protected,” Shireman said. “I don`t think California will give up that authority in the near future.” Colleges and districts that enroll students living in other countries for distance education may be invited by these countries to enter government licensing agreements to enroll these students, which can be a burden on higher education institutions and can result in thousands of dollars in fees for a state, even for a single student. Robert Johnson, executive director of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, which represents an overwhelming majority of for-profit institutions, said many states have signed SARA “for very good reasons, including assurances that every institution must be approved and reputable.” (Note: this paragraph has been updated to correct the nature of the association`s membership.) California Students: The State of California allows all public institutions to offer distance courses to its residents. Each of the 50 states has different rules and rules on distance education offered by universities and universities outside the state. Often, these rules require that higher education institutions that provide distance courses to residents of other states must obtain permission or authorization from the other state.
Many of these rules also apply to clinical placements in the state. The regulations are a consumer protection measure against “bad actors” in the distance education sector and were highlighted in the program integrity rules adopted by the federal Ministry of Education in October 2010.