State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement


Lewis University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. As a participating institution, Lewis University may offer online programming to students in other SARA member states without seeking authorization in that state. As a member of M-SARA (MHEC), Lewis University publishes information that facilitates out-of-state students seeking to enroll in online classes with us.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among its member states, districts and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by post-secondary institutions in a state other than the one where they reside. SARA is overseen by a national council and administered by four regional higher education compacts: MHEC, NEBHE, SREB and WICHE. The four SARA agreements of those compacts are collectively treated as a plural, the Agreements  This authorization contrasts with state authorizations which are limited to intrastate institutions and includes all delivery methods.

For a complete list of programs offered at Lewis in a fully online format, visit

State by State Online Nursing Authorization – Lewis University’s authorization status

Further questions about SARA can be addressed to the Office of the Provost at (815)836-5639.