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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 7DEGREE GRANTING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OTHER THAN TEXAS PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
SUBCHAPTER BAPPROVAL FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT (SARA) FOR PRIVATE OR INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND PRIVATE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
RULE §7.54Admission to SARA

All eligible institutions may apply to the Coordinating Board for admission to SARA under the signature of the institution's chief academic officer. Coordinating Board staff will review the application and make a determination to approve or deny the request to patriciate in SARA. Within the application, an institution shall make assurances that it:

  (1) Agrees to abide by the C-RAC Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education.

  (2) Agrees to be responsible for the actions of any third-party providers used by the institution to engage in operations under SARA.

  (3) Agrees to notify the board of any negative changes to its accreditation status.

  (4) Agrees to provide data requested by the board.

  (5) Agrees to cooperate with the board in the investigation of any complaints arising from the students its serves in other states through SARA and to abide by investigating authority's resolution of any such complaint.

  (6) All complaints must follow the institution's customary resolution procedure prior to being referred to the Coordinating Board. Grade appeals and student conduct appeals will be resolved at the institutional level without further appeal through SARA.

  (7) Agrees to notify all students in a course or program that customarily leads to professional licensure, or which a student could reasonably believe leads to such licensure, whether or not the course or program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides. If an institution does not know whether the course or program meets licensure requirements in the student's state of residence, the institution may meet this SARA requirement by informing the student in writing and providing the student the contact information for the appropriate state licensing board(s). An email dedicated solely to this purpose and sent to the student's best known email address meets this requirement.

  (8) Agrees, in cases where the institution cannot fully deliver the instruction for which a student has contracted, to provide a reasonable alternative for delivering the instruction or reasonable financial compensation for the education the student did not receive.

  (9) If approved, the institution must pay an annual fee to NC-SARA. This fee replaces any state fees that the institution would normally pay to other SARA member states. If an institution offers distance education to students in non-SARA participating states, it must pay required state fees.

  (10) If institutional membership is denied, the board will provide a written reason for denial. The institution may reapply at any time, having corrected any deficiencies, or may appeal the denial to the SARA director of SREB. If the denial is upheld by SREB, the institution may appeal to NC-SARA.


Source Note: The provisions of this §7.54 adopted to be effective November 25, 2015, 40 TexReg 8206

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