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 agreement between two or more States that authorizes an institution located and legally authorized in a State covered by the agreement to provide postsecondary education through distance education or correspondence courses to students located in other States covered by the agreement and cannot prohibit any member State of the agreement from enforcing its own general-purpose State laws and regulations outside of the State authorization of distance education. 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. All states other than California participate in SARA (as an accredited public institution, LCC is exempt from approval by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education). 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.

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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.

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