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.
As of February 1, 2018, there are 50 SARA members (48 states plus the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands). To view the map of SARA members please [click here]
|AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of Columbia
U.S. Virgin Islands
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON A STATE, PLEASE CHOOSE BELOW:
The San Diego location of Case Western Reserve University's Case School of Engineering (CSE-SD) is exempt per the BPPE.
- Massachusetts is in the process of reviewing its existing regulations and possible membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
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 West Virginia.
Higher education institutions delivering courses by distance education are required to provide the contact information for official entities or agencies within each state designated to handle complaint resolution. States are required by the US Department of Education (34 CFR 668.43(b)) to have a complaint process available to any enrolled or prospective student.
Distance education students of Case Western Reserve University are encouraged to first attempt internal resolution by following the University’s Academic Grievance Procedure. Case Western Reserve University’s Academic Grievance Procedure (also referred to as Academic Grievance Policy) is outlined in the Case Bulletin (http://bulletin.case.edu/). See “Academic Policies” under the School of Graduate Studies and “Academic Policies and Procedures” under the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Students may also find the process outlined on the websites of both offices. For further assistance/questions concerning the University’s academic grievance procedure please contact the School of Graduate Studies (216.368.4390) or the Office of Undergraduate Studies (216.368.2928).
In the event a resolution cannot be achieved internally via the University’s Academic Grievance Procedure, students have the right to contact the appropriate external agency. Determining which agency to contact depends on whether the student resides in a SARA member state or a non-SARA state.
Please refer to the summaries below to determine which option to follow for Grievance Resolution.
|For Students Residing in SARA States:
||For Students Residing in non-SARA States:
- student grades
- student conduct violation
These complaints fall under the jurisdiction of institutional
policy and the laws of an institution’s home state.
For a graphic of the SARA Student Complaint Process click here
Disclaimer: The University does not represent or guarantee that programs which fulfill the State of Ohio's license requirements will fulfill the requirements set by professional licensure boards in other US states and territories.
Programs with experiential learning which lead to licensure (e.g., social work, nursing) are required to abide by states' licensing requirements. This includes the licensing requirements of states participating in NC-SARA.
Distance education students who are considering a program of study that may lead to professional licensure should consult the licensing agency or board in their residence state prior to beginning a course of study to determine whether the program will meet the licensure requirements of their state.
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 Ohio Board of Regents) and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Jack Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is fully 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).