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State Authorizations

Regulations

Individual States have the authority to regulate institutional activity (enrolling students, employing faculty or marketers, conducting internships, direct advertising, or performing other activities) within their state's boundaries as a form of consumer protection for their state's residents. Regulations vary widely from state to state. In 2010, the US Department of Education reminded institutions of higher education that each state is responsible for authorizing education offered to its residents from institutions outside the state. At that time, Federal regulation Chapter 34, § 600.9(c) stated that each institution for which students qualify for federal student assistance was required to demonstrate that it had approval to serve students from other states, as in the case of distance education. The federal regulation and compliance deadline was subsequently vacated (or "paused") for distance education, pending a new federal proposal. Yet, individual state regulations remain in effect and are applicable for institutions with activities within their state's boundaries. More information on the history of the regulations can be found on the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) site.

State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Given the state-to-state complexities and differences in authorization requirements, national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance education have been established through an agreement among member states called the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Virginia Tech became an approved institutional participant in SARA, in January 2015. Virginia Tech affirms its commitment to ensure that courses and programs offered through the SARA initiative provide high-quality opportunities that can help students reach their goals. The National Council for SARA (NC-SARA) website offers a list of benefits for students. States participating in SARA are also listed on the NC-SARA website and are being updated constantly.

Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity Agreement (SECRRA)

The Commonwealth of Virginia is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board and Virginia Tech is an institutional participant in its Electronic Campus and associated Regional Reciprocity Agreement. As a part of SREB's Electronic Campus, Virginia Tech upholds its commitment to quality program offerings to students. State members of the SREB are listed on the SREB website.

Approved SARA Institution

As a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) since January 2015, Virginia Tech affirms its commitment to ensure that courses and programs offered through the SARA initiative provide high-quality opportunities that can help students reach their goals. Learn more about student benefits on the NC-SARA site.

SREB's Electronic Campus

Virginia Tech welcomes students of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus. For more information on specific Virginia Tech online or blended programs, please visit our degree or certificate pages. Access in-depth information on Virginia Tech processes and procedures on our resources page.

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