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) Approved Institution

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 SARA on September 16, 2015.  In September 2019, Case Western Reserve University entered its fifth year of participation.


SARA Member States

There are 52 SARA members (49 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

View the map of SARA States 

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:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado
Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont
Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
Territories: Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands


Non-SARA States


Case Western Reserve University is in compliance with the State of California to offer degree programs and courses per the following: 

  • Online As an accredited, private non-profit postsecondary institution, Case Western Reserve University is not required to register (seek approval) with California to offer online programs and courses.
Northern Mariana Islands  





Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Cleveland, Ohio.  CWRU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1913.  CWRU is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.  (view State of Ohio Certificate of Authorization)

The following are accredited programs which may be offered online or distance: 

  • 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).

For information concerning accreditation of all of Case Western Reserve University's programs, please click here to access the CWRU's Accreditation page.