State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories in the United States, which establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to simplify the process of taking online courses for credit offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a national council (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional education compacts.
Penn State has been approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to participate in NC-SARA and was accepted as a SARA institution on January 25, 2017; additionally, Penn State commenced their affiliation with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) on January 1, 2017. At this time, 48 of the 50 United States are SARA members, however, Penn State is individually approved to offer programs in the remaining two non-SARA states of California, and Massachusetts.