Participation with NC-SARA spurs some online enrollment growth, report says

Higher Ed Dive 

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
August 9, 2021
Dive Brief:
  • Colleges that participate in a multistate reciprocity agreement for online education see growth in the number of students who enroll in distance learning courses, according to a new analysis.
  • Institutions that work with NC-SARA — the organization that controls the U.S.’s sole such reciprocity agreement — enroll an estimated 46 more students annually in fully online coursework compared to colleges that do not, the report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association found.
  • For-profit colleges and those with existing significant online enrollments do not benefit any more than other institutions from joining NC-SARA’s network, according to the research.
Dive Insight:
The report, compiled by consultant Ithaka S+R with the support of SHEEO and funder Arnold Ventures, puts new focus on NC-SARA, which was developed out of the desire to find an easier way to enroll students in online courses across state lines.