Reciprocity Agreements

Information on State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

What is SARA?

“The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establish 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 (”

What are my benefits as a student?

Expands access to educational offerings; Should lead to better resolution of complaints from students in SARA states; Reduces a rapidly growing institutional cost that is in one way or another passed along to students; Should enhance the overall quality of distance education (

visit the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements website for more information

Emory & Henry College is a an approved SARA institution. 

SARA Requirements

For the purposes of SARA Emory & Henry College defines distance education to include on-line didactic and off-site experiential activities (i.e., clinical experiences, fieldwork, clinical rotations) that occur outside of the state of Virginia.

Emory & Henry College complies with all SARA requirements including the following:

Emory & Henry College has a student complaint resolution process, including but not limited to, acceptance of the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) oversight in resolving complaints from students taking distance education under the aegis of SARA. Click here to read our student complaint resolution process.

Emory & Henry College understands and accepts the scope of authorization provided under SARA according to the NC-SARA document. See NC-SARA website for policies and manual. The institution accepts oversight from SCHEV in all matters related to SARA.