Additional Requirements


Institutional Requirements

An excerpt from Section 5.2 of the SARA Manual is below. This explains the requirement of institutions to communicate professional licensure requirements in the student’s home state.

  • SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Any institution operating under SARA that offers courses or programs potentially leading 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.
    • For purposes of SARA, this must be done in one of two ways:
      1. 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
      2. The institution may notify the applicant or student in writing that the institution cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state, provide the student with current contact information for any applicable licensing boards, and advise the student to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student lives.

Data Reporting Requirements

Institutions are required to report data annually to NC-SARA. NC-SARA will provide each institution with a data reporting manual and data usage agreement to be signed by the institution. NC-SARA will not collect individually identifiable student data and will comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Data will be reported in the spring and include the number of students enrolled via distance education delivered outside the home state of the institution, disaggregated by state, territory, or district in which the students reside.