Snead State Community College Becomes First Alabama Community College to Join SARA


Snead State Community College is the first community college in Alabama to be approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) in a continued effort to enhance online learning for students. The Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved Snead State’s application for participation in late October.

Overseen by the National Council, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. By participating in SARA, Snead State can now provide online courses and programs to students who reside in 42 other states without having to navigate the authorization process for each individual member state.

“Participation in SARA makes it easier for us to support our students who relocate out of state before completing their program of study or those students wanting to take online courses in the summer semester while living in their home state. Snead State has seen an increase in the number of out-of-state transient students who are registering for our high-quality, affordable online classes,” said Michael Gibson, Associate Dean for Online Learning at Snead State Community College.

More than a dozen Alabama universities currently participate in NC-SARA, including Athens State University, Auburn University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama in Birmingham, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of North Alabama.

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