A recent report by the Children`s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law showed that California is currently the strictest for-profit institution of any U.S. state. SARA members are states, not institutions or students. Therefore, a state “joins” SARA or becomes a “member”, while a college or university “under” or “participates” SARA. At that time, the initial fee for institutions participating in SARA has expired and is not collected by Pennsylvania. As a result, the PA fee has been waived until further notice. Pennsylvania adopts rules to set reduced AP fees for institutions participating in SARA. These proposed new fees are listed below for your convenience. Each stage of SARA`s development required a lot of conversation and debate. Those involved came from different backgrounds, including national regulatory authorities, university executive agents (SHEEOs), accreditation bodies, regional pacts for higher education and institutional frameworks representing all sectors of higher education. While SARA is certainly not a federal initiative, we appreciate the opportunities we had to consult with the leadership of the U.S. Department of Education during the development of SARA.

Any institution with a degree established in the United States, with a compliant authorization from Congress, a state or an Indian tribe recognized by the state and accredited by an accreditation association recognized by the U.S. Secretary of State for Education is entitled to apply to its home state to participate in SARA if that state is a member of SARA. To be eligible for exploitation under SARA, distance learning must originate in the United States or a U.S. territory. California will soon be the only state not to sign up to an agreement that will help colleges offer online education across national borders. Consumer advocates there, concerned about for-profit universities, hope it will stay that way. Please note that clinical placements in New York State licensed professions trigger a physical presence in New York State and require prior authorization or exemption from the New York State Office of Professions. These include SARA non-governmental institutions. For more information, please contact the Office des professions at opprogs@nysed.gov or (518) 474-3817, number 360.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (CESC) has been appointed State Portal Agency (SPA) for Washington. The SPA is the lead agency of a state and is responsible for processing sara`s applications to participate in schools established in the state. “Now is the time for states to step on the plate and make sure their students are protected,” Shireman said. “I think California probably won`t give up that authority in the near future.” Despite initial resistance, Massachusetts is expected to become the 49th state to join the agreement before the end of the year. If that happens, California will be the only state that is not a member of SARA — a regulatory framework that will make it easier for colleges and universities to obtain state-level authorization to offer online education in the United States. It only relieves Commonwealth universities of obtaining permission from several states to enroll residents in other countries. . . .