Policy Watch
SARA - Is It Right for Your Institution?
Kia Stone, Coordinator of Compliance and Quality Assurance, Ohio University
Works collaboratively with university faculty and staff to support, improve and enhance distance learning effectiveness and maintain compliance with regulations regarding offering learning opportunities in other states. My areas of focus are State Authorization and Quality Matters. I am also the QMC and CRMC for the institution.
Janet Staderman, Asst Academic Director/Distance Learning Coordinator, University of Cincinnati
Assist strategic planning and decision-making within the scope of the Distance Education Department. Focus areas include Quality Matters, State Authorization and Online Student Orientation. Certified Quality Matters Coordinator, State Authorization Network (SAN) Coordinator and strategic partner of State Authorization Network-Ohio (SAN-O).
Jason Piatt, Director, Online Compliance & Communication, Kent State University
Jason oversees all aspects of state authorization for Kent State, as well as coordinating internal communications. Jason serves as the lead Quality Matters Coordinator for the Kent State University System and provides various outreach services. Jason also handles scheduling, registration, and communications to support these important outreach efforts.
A panel of institutional representatives will discuss their approach and strategy toward state authorization; vetting SARA with internal compliance administrators and general counsel; outcome with ongoing dual maintenance; and ultimate effect on ensuring consumer protection and quality assurance. Those who attend this session will discuss specific considerations regarding the SARA agreement, engage in a cost-benefit analysis, and participate in a Q&A for general state authorization questions.
Learning Objectives
Analyze specific SARA considerations and determine who to engage in the SARA conversation at attendees' own institution.
Develop a strategy for dual maintenance (SARA and non-SARA states), ensuring student access to distance education offerings.
Perform a cost-benefit analysis depending on attenddees' institutions' current state authorization status.
Audience: Faculty 
Audience: Administrator
Audience: Instructional Designer