State Authorization for Distance Education

SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) is an agreement among the member states that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education programs and courses. It is intended to make it easier for students to take distance learning programs and courses offered by postsecondary institutions across state lines.

SARA is overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Agreements (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional education compacts. Members of NC-SARA are states, not institutions. Membership is voluntary; therefore, not all states are SARA members. The state of Hawaiʻi is a member of NC-SARA through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

All UH institutions are required to participate if offering online and distance learning programs and courses outside of Hawaiʻi.

Approved University of Hawaiʻi SARA Institutions

Hawaiʻi Community College
Contact:
Joni Onishi
Phone: (808) 934-2512.
EMAIL: jonishi@hawaii.edu

Leanne Urasaki
Phone: (808) 934-2647
EMAIL: lurasaki@hawaii.edu
Kauai Community College
Contact:
Frankie Harris
Phone: (808) 245-8203
EMAIL: frankieh@hawaii.edu

Valerie Barko
Phone: (808) 245-8336
EMAIL: vabarko@hawaii.edu
Kapiʻolani Community College
Contact:
Melissa Nakamura
Phone: (808) 734-9152
EMAIL: mchar@hawaii.edu
Leeward Community College
Contact:
Kay Ono
Phone: (808) 455-0269
EMAIL: kayono@hawaii.edu
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Contact:
Sarah Simmons
Phone: (808) 956-8866
EMAIL: shutz@hawaii.edu
University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu
Contact:
Gloria Niles
Phone: (808) 689-2497
EMAIL: gniles@hawaii.edu
Windward Community College
Contact:
Charles Sasaki
Phone: (808) 235-7443
EMAIL: sasakich@hawaii.edu

A list of member States and participating Institutions, may be found at the NC-SARA website.

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