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Notifying Students About Professional Licensure Issues

This past November, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) posted a blog of interest regarding professional licensure issues and student notifications. With distance education, it has become more common for a student in one state to enroll in an online nursing degree program from another state, for example, intending to become a licensed nurse in their home state. If an institution’s curriculum does not satisfy the requirements of the Board of Nursing in the state in which the student intends to work, the student’s success can be derailed, opening the institution up for legal and financial risk. For institutions participating in NC-SARA, it is required of any SARA institution that offers courses or programs that may potentially lead to professional licensure must keep all students, applicants, and potential students who have contacted the institution about the course or program informed as to whether such offerings actually meet state licensing requirements, according to the blog post. This must be done in one of two ways, according to the SARA Manual, Section 5.2: The institution may determine whether the course or program meets the requirements for professional licensure in the state where the applicant or student resides and provide that information in writing to the student, or After making all reasonable efforts to make such a determination, if unsuccessful, the institution may notify the applicant or student in...

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NC-SARA Updates

Brandie Elliott / University of Missouri-Kansas City At the MoKanSan State Authorization Summit in early January, Marshall Hill was on hand to discuss some upcoming changes and updates with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Puerto Rico has submitted the application to join NC-SARA and will affiliate with SREB. Hill expects them to be approved to participate in SARA within the next month or two. Massachusetts is currently working on their application and are likely to submit in 2018, but probably not before July. Communication is still occurring in California. There is no real time frame set up to see what type of application process California may inevitably submit to. Regarding data reporting, Hill said that not much will change. Institutions will continue to report their enrollment numbers as usual. However, there will be a separate reporting of experiential learning placements by state and by two-digit CIP codes. The reporting of experiential learning placement numbers will be voluntary in 2018; it will be mandatory in 2019. He suggested that if institutions do not track this information currently, that they take this year to set a process in place. “If institutions don’t know where their students are and able to demonstrate that, you are vulnerable to so many risks,” Hill said. “Not just a risk with non-compliance for SARA, but also a risk for non-compliance with federal...

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The State of SARA

Brandie Elliott / University of Missouri-Kansas City 49. That’s the number of states and territories, that are now members of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements). The latest territory to join SARA is the Virgin Islands, approved by the SREB SARA Steering Committee in early June. SARA-participating institutions are now able to accept students from the Virgin Islands to enroll into their distance education programs. The governor of Florida signed legislation on June 9 which allows Florida to join SARA. SREB’s SARA Steering Committee will continue to work with Florida as they get their regulations in place. The Florida Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating Council must meet now. Florida is anticipated to be a SARA member within the next few months. California and Massachusetts have not joined SARA yet but are working toward that end goal. In Massachusetts, SARA-enabling legislation has been introduced. In addition, SARA-enabling language has been included in the Massachusetts House Ways and Means budget, which was introduced in late May. California plans to introduce legislation in 2018. It is likely that California will likely join SARA in late 2018 or early 2019. A list of SARA states and institutions participating in SARA can be found on the SARA web...

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Pennsylvania joins NC-SARA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed legislation to affiliate the state of Pennsylvania with NC-SARA, effective January 1, 2017. By joining the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, students residing in Pennsylvania will have access to quality distance education from around the country. The University of Missouri-Kansas City is committed to providing rigorous and affordable education to all students, and now to students in Pennsylvania. Prospective students should visit UMKC Online Programs page to view all of UMKC’s online program offerings. With online programs in dental hygiene, nursing, and education, UMKC is a leader in arts and science education for the...

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