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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

In order to expand access to students from other states, the University of Alaska Southeast participates in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), and is an approved SARA institution. 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. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA has established national consumer-protection standards for postsecondary distance education courses and programs.

Complaint Process: In compliance with SARA regulations, we have an established complaint process to address student-identified issues. The complaint process is published in the UAS Catalog at http://catalog.uas.alaska.edu/student-rights-responsibilities/resolution-of-disputes/.

Exceptions: State Participation: As of June 1, 2019, 49 states (all but California), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of SARA. More than 2,000 institutions participate.

Pursuing professional licensure outside Alaska: Prospective and current students interested in UAS courses, programs, certificates, or degrees that lead to professional licensure are responsible to verify their State Licensing Board’s requirements prior to enrolling, to determine if their program of interest meets state criteria. Students are advised to contact the State Licensing Board in their current state of residency, and/or, if applicable, their intended state of residency.

SARA in Alaska: The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education is the state portal for all SARA related matters.

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