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LHU Joins National SARA Initiative for Distance Education Reciprocity

SARALock Haven University recently became an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, or the SARA initiative. The initiative is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. The intention is to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

SARA is voluntary for states and institutions. The initiative is administered by the four regional education compacts (Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). Membership is open to degree-granting postsecondary institutions from all sectors (public colleges and universities; independent institutions, both non-profit and for-profit) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Membership in SARA increases administrative efficiency and lowers the costs of obtaining authorization to provide postsecondary distance education. These benefits are resulting in increased access to higher education because institutions like LHU are able to make their academic programs more widely available and accept enrollments from students in many other states. For more information about the SARA please visit the organization’s website at

LHU Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Donna Wilson, said of the University’s inclusion in the initiative, “Compliance with federal regulations relating to authorization to deliver academic programs out-of-state had become time-consuming and costly. Recognition by SARA will make it easier to offer a range of distance education programs to students who live outside of Pennsylvania and, in addition, will facilitate our students’ access to clinical placements, internships, and other field experiences outside of Pennsylvania. We are pleased that PDE took the steps necessary to make NC-SARA membership available to LHU and other institutions in the Commonwealth.”  

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit, email, or call (570) 484.2011.

Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.    


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