Indiana joins initiative to make taking online, out-of-state courses easier

The state has become the first to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, or NC-SARA.

Posted on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:34 p.m.

Taking an online class at an out-of-state university or college could become easier for Hoosiers.

Indiana Public Media reported Monday, Feb. 24, that Indiana has become the first state to sign on with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). The initiative will help create more uniform standards for distance-learning education. At the moment, institutions have to jump through hoops to comply with other states' varied higher education regulations.

Ken Sauer of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education told Indiana Public Media that he thinks being part of the program will have a positive impact on Indiana's students and higher education institutions.

"This will lead to students having more opportunity for quality education, more choices, as well as some confidence that the education that's being delivered is quality education," Sauer told Indiana Public Media.

NC-SARA is managed by four regional education groups and states that want to join must meet certain minimum standards to join, Insider Higher Ed reported

The initiative hopes to include 20 member states by the end of the year, Inside Higher Ed reported

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