On August 17, UMKC Online hosted the four top names in the field of state authorization and distance education for a one-day State Authorization Summit. Luminaries included Marshall Hill, executive director of NC-SARA; Cheryl Dowd, director of the WCET State Authorization Network; Russell Poulin, director of policy and analysis at WCET; and Leroy Wade, interim commissioner of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. The four guest speakers were on hand to discuss hot topics in the field of state authorization, including:
• Department of Defense MOU
• Current trends in state regulations
• New regulations proposed by the Department of Education
• SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement)
The State Authorization Summit kicks-off MoKanSan, the Missouri Kansas State Authorization Network, which brings universities and colleges in the two states together for networking and informational opportunities. Modeled after WCET’s State Authorization Network, MoKanSan disseminates pertinent information to its members regarding the latest news and updates for state authorization of distance education.