State Authorization refers to the regulation of both (1) distance education courses and programs offered to residents of a particular state by an institution based in another state, and (2) various non-distance activities within a particular state by institutions outside of that state.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes one set of national standards and regulations for offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA is administered by four regional educational compacts and overseen by NC-SARA.

This reciprocity process will support the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people by making state authorization:

  • more efficient, effective, and uniform in regard to necessary and reasonable standards of practice that could span states;
  • more effective in dealing with quality and integrity issues that have arisen in some online/ distance education offerings; and
  • less costly for states and institutions and, thereby, the students they serve.

NC-SARA approved institution logoThe College of Saint Rose is a SARA participating member institution and is authorized pursuant to SARA to enroll students in online courses and field experiences (up to ten students per site) in SARA member states and territories.  However, please note that certain programs leading to professional licensure may be subject to additional state professional licensing requirements, which are not covered by SARA.

Complaint Resolution Procedures for Distance Students

Students Residing in a SARA Member State

Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by institutional policies and procedures, as outlined in the College Catalogs, and the laws of New York State.

 

Students bringing other complaints must first seek resolution through institutional policies and procedures outlined in the College Catalogs. Complaints that have not otherwise been resolved through contact with The College of Saint Rose internal offices may seek advisement from the New York State Portal entity:

 

New York State Portal Entity Contact:
Owen Donovan, PhD
Supervisor, Higher Education Programs
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234
518.474.1551
IHEauthorize@nysed.gov

 

Students may also seek advisement from the Portal Entity of the state in which they reside. Portal Identity names and contact information may be found on the SARA States & Institutions website.

Students Residing in a non-SARA Member State

Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by institutional policies and procedures, as outlined in the College Catalogs, and the laws of New York State.

 

Students bringing other complaints must first seek resolution through institutional policies and procedures outlined in the College Catalogs. Complaints that have not otherwise been resolved through contact with The College of Saint Rose internal offices may seek advisement from the state or territory entity listed, below.

State or U.S. Territory Agency
California California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
American Samoa American Samoa Department of Education
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands State Department of Education; State Higher Education Agency
Guam Boards of Regents
Republic of the Marshall Islands Scholarship Grant and Loan Board
Federated States of Micronesia Department of Education Department of Education
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Council on Education