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SARA Guide for Policymakers

This report jointly developed by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and Education Counsel offers state policymakers with an overview of what SARA is and what steps state leaders can take to move from design to implementation of reciprocity agreements in their states. The guide offers key questions for exploring participation, developing authorizing language and engaging stakeholders. Key steps include:

  • Conducting requisite groundwork, including assessing basic eligibility and planning for functional state responsibilities;
  • Applying for participation through the appropriate regional compact;
  • Implementing SARA in the state, including providing institutions with information about SARA and approving institutions for participation in SARA; and
  • Facilitating effective, ongoing SARA maintenance and development, including working collaboratively with all SARA stakeholders and conducting an annual review of participating institutions.

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