Institutions engaging in regulated activities outside of their home states are required to be compliant with the regulations and laws of each state where the activities occur. An institution may achieve compliance either through a state’s authorization process or through a reciprocity agreement.
SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement)
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. By participating in SARA, institutions that are approved by their home states are permitted to offer online programs to residents of other SARA states without having to seek approval.
The State of Ohio has been a member of NC-SARA since March 2015. Case Western Reserve University was approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in NC-SARA on September 16, 2015. In August 2017, Case Western Reserve University was renewed to continue participation.
SARA Member States
As of August 2018, there are 52 SARA members (49 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands). View the map of SARA members.
As an institution participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Case Western Reserve University is authorized to offer online programs and courses to students in the following states:
District of Columbia
U.S. Virgin Islands
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Cleveland, Ohio. CWRU is authorized by the State of Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly called Ohio Board of Regents) and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Jack Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).