Lansing Community College

What is State Authorization?

State Authorization allows Lansing Community College (LCC) to offer postsecondary distance educational activities. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states establishing similar national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary educational courses and programs, while also maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. Institutions participating in SARA can offer postsecondary educational opportunities in all 49 SARA member states - including the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico - without having to seek separate approval. Participation in SARA is voluntary and is intended to simplify the process for students who desire to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions in another state.

LCC is a participating member of SARA, and therefore authorized to offer postsecondary distance education to persons residing in member states in accordance with SARA established policies and standards.


As an out-of-state public institution, LCC is not under the purview of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, thus Bureau approval for LCC to offer distance education programs to residents of California is not required. Therefore, LCC is in compliance with California regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.

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