Map current as of 3/18/2016
Attention Out-of-State Students! Those who are enrolled in any type of program that leads to licensure and are located
in a state other than Kentucky must contact their state and the licensing board related
to their program to ensure that their state will recognize a degree earned from Murray
If you are a student interested in enrolling a distance education course or program, or faculty engaged in academic functions that may require state authorization, please contact the Distance Education Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the State Authorization Coordinator (email@example.com) to inquire about compliance.
In early 2016, Kentucky passed legislation to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA has established national standards for interstate offerings of online learning, distance education, and other academic functions such as internships and field studies for states within the membership.
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) establishes a state-level reciprocity process that will support the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people by making state authorization: more efficient, effective, and uniform in regard to necessary and reasonable standards of practice that could span states; more effective in dealing with quality and integrity issues that have arisen in some online/ distance education offerings; and less costly for states and institutions and, thereby, the students they serve. From www.nc-sara.org/about.
Student Complaints and Distance Learning
Any activity that occurs in another state and leads to university credit has the potential to trigger physical presence. (This includes internships, practica, clinicals, field trips, etc.) In that case, Murray State University must seek authorization for activities that are happening in that state. Generally, the main factor states use in determining if an experiential learning activity triggers physical presence is if it is credit bearing. However, those are not the only identifiers states use, and each state’s regulations vary greatly from state to state. Please contact our office to ensure that all out-of-state activities are compliant and answer the following questions:
- Is the activity leading to credit either now or in the future?
- Did the student or Murray State University arrange the activity?
- Is a site employee providing student oversight and being paid as a preceptor?
- Is the student’s program online or on-campus?
- What is the name and location (city and state) of the organization where the student is doing the activity?
- Does the program lead to licensure? (We must seek authorization through the licensing board. SARA does not cover these programs.)
- Janeen Winters
- State Authorization Specialist
- Regional Academic Outreach
- 209 IT Building
- Murray State University
- Murray, KY 42071
- (270) 809-3662