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Alabama State University Extends Online ‘Footprint’

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Author: Hazel Scott

Release Date: Aug 02, 2017

Alabama State University is now able to extend its online “footprint” thanks to a recent approval by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, known as SARA.

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Alabama State University recently received an approval that will aid tremendously in the advancement of the University’s online education initiatives.

ASU has been approved as a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) school in the state of Alabama. 

SARA is a nationwide initiative of states that makes distance education courses more accessible to graduate and undergraduate students across state lines. SARA also makes it easier for states to regulate institutions and easier for institutions to participate in interstate distance education. Forty-seven states (plus the District of Columbia) are now members of SARA.

“This affiliation will allow Alabama State University to extend her footprint with online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which we feel will garner renewed interest in our programs of study,” said Dr. Carl Pettis, interim associate provost for Academic Affairs.

ASU recognizes the value of participating in SARA, including offering a wider range of access to programs and degrees by enhancing overall quality of distance education from an additional level of compliance and oversight, providing better resolution of student complaints and elimination of approval costs that are often passed to students.

“We are thrilled to have ASU as a SARA school. This new regional approach to state oversight of distance education will greatly ease licensing requirements, and costs and policy changes for the University by having reciprocal licensing in other states currently in SARA,” said Dr. William Person, dean of the Harold Lloyd Murphy School of Graduate Studies.  “It also will allow ASU to expand its recruitment of students from across the nation for our online courses and programs.”

ASU has been an early adopter of online learning. The University understands the importance that online access provides students whose ambition is to continue their education while juggling other responsibilities.

For more information about the SARA initiative, please visit link.

Online candidates can apply by visiting link.

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