State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and 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 based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. The Connecticut Office of Higher Education became a member of SARA in 2017, thus allowing Asnuntuck Community College to apply to be a member of SARA and to accept students from all SARA approved states.

Student Complaints

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Pursuant to federal regulations and the terms of SARA, the Office of Higher Education is responsible for the investigation and resolution of out-of-state students’ complaints against institutions of higher education based in Connecticut and offering distance education via SARA. Note that issues regarding student life, such as discipline, grading, etc., fall solely within the purview of the institution and are not generally investigated. Additionally, the Office of Higher Education does not investigate anonymous complaints or provide legal advice.  Currently, SARA institutions are to:

  • Apply the tuition refund policies of their home state to students located in other SARA states; and
  • For students located in non-SARA states, follow any relevant tuition refund policies of those states.

Within two years of the incident complained of, out-of-state students enrolled in a Connecticut institution via SARA may file a complaint in accordance with the following steps:

  1. The student must attempt to resolve the complaint by exhausting the institution’s established internal grievance procedures. These are usually published in the institution’s catalog, student handbook and/or posted on the institution’s website. Absent extenuating circumstances, the Office of Higher Education will not investigate complaints filed by students who have not first sought a resolution with the institution.
  2. If all remedies at the institutional level have been exhausted and the complaint is not resolved, the student may file a complaint with the Office of Higher Education. To file a complaint, please follow these procedures. All documentation for review related to the complaint must be provided by the student as part of the filing.
  3. The Office of Higher Education will process the complaint and provide copies of all documents filed with the complaint to the institution. The institution has 20 days to respond. After receiving a response and conducting an investigation, the Office of Higher Education will issue a findings report to all parties. The findings report is final.

If a Connecticut student is enrolled in a distance education program offered by a SARA institution based in another state, the student should contact the portal agency in that state to pursue the complaint process. Connecticut students enrolled in Connecticut institutions must first exhaust an institution’s established internal grievance procedures, and then should contact the Office of Higher Education prior to filing a complaint.

All correspondence, including institutional applications and student complaints, should be sent via email or post to: ctsara@ctohe.org

SARA Coordinator
Office of Higher Education
450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 510
Hartford, CT 06105
www.CTohe.org

NC-SARA Program Licensure Status
Professional Licensure or Certification

The US Department of Education regulations require disclosures to students enrolled in, or considering programs leading to professional licensure/certification, regardless of whether the program is offered on-campus or online.

These disclosures fall into one of three disclosure status notification categories as indicated below:

  1. The program curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure in your state.
  2. The program curriculum does not meet educational requirements for licensure in your state.
  3. We have not determined whether the program curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure in your state
Area Program Program Type Licensure required to gain employment in field Disclosure Status for All States Unless Otherwise Noted
Continuing Education Certified Patient Care Technician (Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant) Non-credit No
(but must be a CNA to work as a PCT)
3
Continuing Education Certified Pharmacy Technician Non-credit No 3
Continuing Education Certified Professional Coder (Certified Professional Coder Apprentice) Non-credit No 3
Continuing Education Dental Assistant (Radiation Health and Safety & Infection Control Exam Certificate) Non-credit Yes 3
Continuing Education Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technician Non-credit No 3
Continuing Education Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Non-credit Yes 3
Continuing Education Medical Interpreter Non-credit No 3
Continuing Education Ophthalmic Assistant Non-credit No 3
Continuing Education Personal Trainer Non-credit No 3
Continuing Education Sterile Processing Technician Non-credit No
(must attain within 2 years of employment)
3
Continuing Education Veterinary Assistant Non-credit No 3
Continuing Education Cosmetology Non-credit Yes MA = 1
All Other States = 3
Continuing Education Esthetician Non-credit Yes MA = 1
All Other States = 3
Continuing Education Nail Technician Non-credit Yes MA = 1
All Other States = 3
Continuing Education Real Estate (Residential Salesperson Licensure) Non-credit Yes 3
Academic Affairs Accounting AS No 3
Academic Affairs

Business Administration

AS No 3
Academic Affairs Communications AS No 3
Academic Affairs Communications: Broadcasting Option AS No 3
Academic Affairs Communications: Journalism Option AS No 3
Academic Affairs Criminal Justice AS No 3
Academic Affairs

Early Childhood Education

AS No 3
Academic Affairs

Engineering Science

AS No 3
Academic Affairs

General Studies

AS No 3
Academic Affairs

Human Services

AS No 3
Academic Affairs

Liberal Arts

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

Liberal Arts: Fina Arts Option

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

Massage Therapy

AS No 3
Academic Affairs

Registered Medical Assistant

AS No 3
Advanced Manufacturing

Technology Studies

AS No 3
Advanced Manufacturing

Technology Studies: Electro-Mechanical Maintenance

AS No 3
Advanced Manufacturing

Technology Studies: Electronics Technology

AS No 3
Advanced Manufacturing

Technology Studies: Machine Technology Option

AS No 3
Academic Affairs

Accounting Assistant

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Business Administration

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Certified Administrative Medical Office Skills

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Certified Phlebotomy Technician

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Early Childhood Administration

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Early Childhood Education Certificate

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler Certificate

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Entrepreneur

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Gerontology

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Health Career Pathway

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Health Information Management Technician

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Human Services Management

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Marketing

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Office User Specialist

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Registered Medical Assistant

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

Web Designer

Certificate No 3
Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology

Certificate No 3
Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Welding

Certificate No 3
Advanced Manufacturing

Electro-Mechanical Maintenance

Certificate No 3
Advanced Manufacturing

Electronics Technology

Certificate No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Art Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Biochemistry Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Biology Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Business Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Chemistry Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Communications Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Criminology Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Early Childhood Teacher Credential Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: English Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: History Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Mathematics Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Physics Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Political Science Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Psychology Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Social Work Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Sociology Studies

AA No 3
Academic Affairs

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Spanish Studies

AA No 3