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Reciprocity Through SECRRA & SARA

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Mary Lea Moore

Part Five in a Five Part Series on State AuthorizationState Authorization wordcloud

Follow up on 5 Things to Know About State Authorization at Ole Miss, State Authorization Is Not Only For Online Programs, Physical Presence Through Instruction, Property, Employment & 3rd Party Contracts, and Physical Presence Through Recruiting & Advertising

The four previous posts hopefully have provided some educational information about state authorization and revealed its tricky nature. While it is difficult managing different regulations in different states, hope is on the horizon.

The University of Mississippi is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). SREB jumped ahead of the game and organized a reciprocity agreement between SREB states for state authorization. This agreement is known as the Southern Regional Education Board Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity Agreement (SECRRA). SECRRA covers offering online programs in a SREB state, but it does not cover physical presence triggers. If Ole Miss activity is deemed a physical presence trigger, we must seek authorization or registration.

A national reciprocity agreement has emerged based on SECRRA. This reciprocity agreement is organized by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. SARA works like SECRRA but SARA does cover most physical presence triggers. To join SARA, Mississippi must become a member of SARA and then Ole Miss can “operate under” or “participate in” SARA. We would join SARA through our regional compact (SREB). Now, a state may choose to not join SARA. If that happens, we would continue to work directly with the state on state authorization.

For more information about state authorization, please contact Mary Lea Moore, mlea@olemiss.edu, 662-915-7089.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (http://nc-sara.org/)