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Aurora University Online receives NC-SARA approval

Posted by on February 3, 2016

Aurora University OnlineIn January, Aurora University Online was welcomed as a participant by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) in the SARA initiative following the university’s approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). SARA is a nationwide initiative focused on establishing comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. At its core, the SARA collaborative is committed to making it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

For students in 35 participating states, the benefits will be immediate. All learners living in SARA-participating states now have access to AU Online programs.

“Aurora University is committed to community building and transforming lives through education. I am excited that our affiliation with SARA will enable us to build upon both of those principles and offer access to our exceptional courses, and outstanding faculty, to student learners beyond Chicagoland and even Illinois,” said Dr. Portia Ransom, academic dean of online programs at Aurora University.

Aurora University’s success in joining in the SARA initiative reflects the institution’s strategic commitment to expanding the reach of its engaging online learning programs well beyond its traditional market.

Leading the expansion is Dr. Donna Liljegren, dean of online enrollment and continuing education. “This approval allows us to work with diverse groups of learners around the country,” she said, “And we look forward to collaborating with them as they seek out new challenges and meet their personal and career goals.”

For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, visit