NECHE Accreditation

Discipline Specific Accreditation and Other Agreements

The University of Southern Maine is a participating member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). What is SARA?

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and 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. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

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