The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.
Illinois Community Colleges have a separate process that is administered by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). The Illinois Community College Administrative Rules can be found here. Please contact ICCB for assistance at 217-785-0123.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Website
National Council for SARA
Administrative Rules (23 III. Admin. Code 1033) (August, 2015)
NC-SARA Policies and Standards
Midwestern Higher Education Compact SARA updates and resources
IBHE online complaint system
Learn more about the distance learning approval process for non-SARA out-of-state institutions
Illinois Institutions approved for SARA