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Northwest Missouri State University


State Authorization

About State Authorization | Online Courses | Internships/Practical Experiences

What is SARA?

What is State Authorization?

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 courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. Practical Experiences (including internships and student teaching) are also included. Northwest Missouri State University is a member of both the national (NC SARA) and regional (MHEC) chapters of SARA.

Why is SARA important to Northwest students and faculty?

  • Northwest Online
    • Northwest needs permission to educate students (online) located outside the state of Missouri.
  • Practical Experiences
    • Northwest students need permission to participate in practical learning experiences (internships, work experience, student teaching, etc.) outside the state of Missouri.

How should Northwest students and faculty use SARA to ensure compliance?

  • Northwest Online
    • If students living in another state wish to enroll in an online program through Northwest Online they must first check to see if their state of residence is listed as a member of SARA or that Northwest Missouri State University has approval to work with a student from non-SARA member state.
  • Practical Experiences
    • If a Northwest student wishes to complete an internship, work experience, or student teaching they must first check to see if their target state is listed as a member of SARA or that Northwest Missouri State University has approval to work with students from non-SARA member states.

Online Courses through Northwest Online

States require that Northwest Missouri State University be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently and Northwest is seeking authorization in most states.

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Questions on State Authorization for Online Courses may be directed to 660.562.1532.

 


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