Distance Education and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

 

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes one set of national standards and regulations for offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA is administered by four regional educational compacts and overseen by NC-SARA.

New York University (NYU) is a SARA participating member institution and is authorized pursuant to SARA to enroll students in online courses and field experiences (up to ten students per site) in the SARA states and territories listed below.  However, please note that certain programs leading to professional licensure may be subject to additional state professional licensing requirements, which are not covered by SARA.  For more information about these requirements, please see the NC-SARA website.


 


Current SARA Member States, District, & Territories

Alabama

Maine

Oklahoma

Alaska

Maryland

Oregon

Arizona

Michigan

Pennsylvania

Arkansas

Minnesota

Rhode Island

Colorado

Mississippi

South Carolina

Connecticut

Missouri

South Dakota

Delaware  

Montana

Tennessee

District of Columbia

Nebraska

Texas

Hawaii

Nevada

Utah

Idaho

New Hampshire

Vermont

Illinois

New Jersey

Virginia

Indiana

New Mexico

Washington

Iowa

New York

West Virginia

Kansas

North Carolina

Wisconsin

Kentucky

North Dakota

Wyoming

Louisiana

Ohio

Virgin Islands

 

NYU is also able to enroll students in online courses in California, Florida, Massachusetts. If your school would like to place a student in any other US territories (other than the Virgin Islands), please contact Lina Janusas. Should a school wish to place a student in a non-classroom experience in either Florida, Massachusetts, and the US territories (other than the Virgin Islands), please contact the Multi-State Authorization Compliance Officer at lina.j@nyu.edu.

 

 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

For programs offering Continuing Education Units/credits (CEUs) through a distance education format, there are currently 13 states that have regulations requiring educational institutions to secure state authorization prior to offering CEUs to residents of their state. NYU has already secured approval in five of these states. Seven remain, from which enrollments should be restricted until further notice:

Although NYU is a SARA Member Institution, Please contact Lina Janusas at lina.j@nyu.edu for confirmation regarding CEU placement.

Alabama
Alaska
New Hampshire
Oklahoma
Oregon
Texas*
Utah
Wisconsin

Please include a disclaimer on your website that conveys this information. A sample statement could be, "Students from X, Y, and Z states are restricted from enrollment at this time."

A common question is whether or not a program can offer a student access to the CEU, but not grant credits to them if they are from a restricted state and still remain in compliance. Unfortunately, even without offering CEUs, individuals in restricted states won't be able to access the materials. The State Authorization issue has grown out of a consumer protection focus. Merely providing distance education to students in these respective states in exchange for payment, even without CEUs being granted, could trigger a state to notify the University of non-compliant activity. Restricting enrollments is best practice to protect the University from liabilities and potential fines for non-compliance. It is essential that (for now) individuals residing in these states simply be restricted from enrolling.  

*Distance learning students from Texas may enroll if schools post a conspicuous notice on the home page of their websites with the following information: 

  1. disclosure that the career school or college is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code;
  2. the name of any regulatory agencies that approve and regulate the school's programs in the state where the school is physically located and in which it has legal authorization to operate; and
  3. how to file complaints or make other contact with applicable regulatory agencies.