State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
Under federal law, an institution of higher education must be authorized by each state in which it offers distance education. New Mexico Junior College is an approved participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) via the NM Higher Education Department and the 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 offerings 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. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.”
As a participating institution, NMJC Distance Learning Courses/Program will need to follow the Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education programs.