State Authorization came to the forefront with the 2010 amendment of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). This action brought attention to the various existing state laws which governed educational offerings within each state and has resulted in states re-examining their regulations and their enforcement. This site is an attempt to help the member institutions of the North Carolina Community College System make informed decisions regarding state authorization activities.
This site includes information for both curriculum and continuing education/non-credit offerings, reciprocity agreements, state information resources, and a sample pathway to compliance with state authorization requirements.
Institutions must make the decision of whether or not to join SARA. This decision must be made on an individual basis after careful review of local factors such as student enrollment, faculty, advertising, service providers, etc.