National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

Home Policies & Procedures National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

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. The purpose of SARA is to make it less challenging for students to take online courses and programs offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

SARA is overseen by a national council and is administered by the four regional compacts (SREB, NEBHE, MHEC and WICHE) and is voluntary for states and institutions. Each member state approves its in-state institutions for SARA participation. Institutional membership is voluntary and open to degree-granting institutions from all sectors of postsecondary education (for-profit and not-for-profit private and public) that are accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) shall serve as the state portal agency for purposes of SARA compliance. Once approved, SARA member institutions may offer distance education courses and programs in other SARA member states without additional state authorization.

Student Complaint Process

At OPSU we are working to improve all of our processes. We strive to make your college experience the best it can be. We realize that at times, we may appear to fall short in some areas. We believe the way to move beyond the occasional conflict is through considered and respectful communication. We have created our student complaint process to help you in communicating your concerns with those most able to help.

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NC-SARA Seal 2021

Oklahoma Panhandle State University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

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