SECRRA (SREB`s Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity

Report
Texas Distance Learning Association
(TxDLA) Conference
State Authorization Reciprocity
Agreement (SARA) A Regional
and National View
Southern
Regional
Education
Board
Corpus Christi, Texas
April 3, 2014
SREB’s Electronic Campus
A gateway to e-learning opportunities
and online services for adult learners
wishing to start, continue, or
complete their education.
Southern
Regional
Education
Board
SREB’s Electronic Campus - Why
Often forgotten about – but part of the driving
force creating the Electronic Campus was
reciprocity for the courses and programs listed on
the EC – because they met the Principles of Good
Practice and had passed the review process.
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Regional
Education
Board
 ..first step in its creation was to conduct a survey. The
resulting report, SREB State Regulations as They Apply to
Distance Learning, found that “… there appear to be no
significant regulatory considerations that would halt the
development of such a regional approach.” Thus, in
January 1998, the Electronic Campus was launched.
SREB’s Electronic Campus (EC)
 Launched in 1998 with 100 courses.
 Fall 2013: Close to 10,000 courses
 March 2014: 2,312 degree programs
 All SREB states participate in EC
 Institutions are regionally accredited, not-forprofit and chartered in a SREB state
 State review and approval by SHEEO agency
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Regional
Education
Board
 Institutions meet Principles of Good Practice
and Common Standards
SREB’s Electronic Campus (EC)
State Approval Process
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Regional
Education
Board
SREB’s Electronic Campus Regional
Reciprocity Agreement (SECRRA)
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Regional
Education
Board
 In 2012 all 16 SREB states were asked
to re-affirm original reciprocity
arrangement in writing
 Voluntary for states and institutions
 Institutions participate only if state
participates
 RECIPROCAL…states not agreeing to
participate will be required to seek
approval in other SREB states
SREB’s Electronic Campus Regional
Reciprocity Agreement (SECRRA)
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Regional
Education
Board
 SECRRA reinforces the past Electronic
Campus arrangement (approval process,
Principles of Good Practice and Common
Standards)
 Limited to for-credit online courses and
programs activated on the EC
 SECRRA was the only regional
reciprocity agreement in the nation until
2014
 All SREB states to be participating by
Summer 2014
Moving from
SECRRA to SARA
Southern
Regional
Education
Board
• SREB is fully supportive of the national
State Authorization Reciprocity
Agreements (SARA)
• Thanks to Lumina Foundation
• SREB is committed to “leave no state
behind” during the transition from
SECRRA to SARA
• Cannot have a ‘competing’ process for
reciprocity
Moving from SECRRA to
SARA – Differences
• Consistent use of Physical Presence
• All degree-granting postsecondary
institutions from all sectors
• Student Complaint Process finalized
• Reduced authorization “costs” for
institutions
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Regional
Education
Board
Moving from SECRRA
to SARA – When?
• SARA implementation in SREB states
• Electronic Campus State Coordinators
will continue with current processes and
procedures in order to maintain
participation in SECRRA
• SECRRA and SARA parallel for the next
couple of years
Southern
Regional
Education
Board
TxDLA Conference
For more information
NC-SARA website: www.nc-sara.org
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