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State Authorization

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

OHIO UNIVERSITY IS APPROVED BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) establishes a state-level reciprocity process that will support the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people by making state authorization:

  • more efficient, effective, and uniform in regard to necessary and reasonable standards of practice that could span states;
  • more effective in dealing with quality and integrity issues that have arisen in some online/ distance education offerings; and
  • less costly for states and institutions and, thereby, the students they serve.

Current authorized SARA member states and U.S. territories include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

NC-SARA Complaint information can be found at:
http://nc-sara.org/content/sara-and-students

NC-SARA Physical Presence information can be found at:
http://nc-sara.org/content/sara-and-physical-presence-standard

NC-SARA Field Experiences information can be found at:
http://nc-sara.org/content/sara-and-institutions

Learn more about NC-SARA.


Professional Licensure

Important Note for Students: If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state in order to be eligible for a license. If you experience difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please con tact the program advisor or the compliance coordinator at Ohio University for help. Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.


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