SARA agreement to benefit online students

FAYETTE, Iowa (Sept. 22, 2016) – Upper Iowa University (UIU) was recently accepted as an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative. SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states and U.S. 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 postsecondary institutions based in another state.

“The SARA agreement will not only expand student access to our educational offerings, but should further enhance the overall quality of UIU’s distance education programming,” said Dr. Kurt Wood, UIU provost and executive vice president. “SARA reduces the substantial institutional costs that Upper Iowa has incurred to maintain individual state authorization, which in turn, will have a positive impact on the cost of tuition for UIU students.”

SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. UIU is a member of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). Founded in 1991, MHEC is a nonprofit organization serving Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit

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