B-CU Global Online College Receives SARA Approval
B-CU is one of the first universities and the only private institution in the state of Florida to receive SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement). Bethune-Cookman University’s application was approved by the Post Secondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating Council at their meeting this past month. Participating institutions must: be a degree-granting institution, physically located in the United States (including its territories, districts or Indian reservations); hold proper authorization from Congress, a U.S. state or a federally-recognized Indian tribe; and hold accreditation as a single entity from an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and has formal recognition to accredit distance education programs.
B-CU’s Dean of B-CU Global Online College, Dr. Arletha McSwain shared the exciting news with faculty and administrators. “Thank you very much for always supporting and believing in B-CU Global Online!” she said. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) were developed from 2011 through 2013 and began operating in January, 2014. It requirements relate to the approval of distance education courses and programs offered across state lines by post secondary institutions that already have degree authorization in at least one state.
SARA centralizes the authorization process for each institution in a single state called the institution’s “home state.” Colleges or universities in a SARA state, therefore, only need their home state authorization to offer distance education to students in any other SARA-member state, subject to certain limitations. This achievement also came at a time of groundbreaking history for the online college, as Dr. Gale Gibson Gayle, Chief Online Learning Officer, returned from signing the first 2+2 transfer agreement with Florida Gateway College.
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About Bethune Cookman University:
Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.