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NC-SARA stands for the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

  • (NC-SARA)通常被称为SARA. 
  • SARA represents a reciprocity agreement in which member states agree to grant each other the right to provide online education in other member states subject to agreed upon limitations.
  • 目前有49个州是SARA的成员:有关SARA州的列表,请参阅 State Actions page
  • In states who are not participating in SARA at this time, the institution must look at the state specific statutes.
  • 密西西比州于2016年1月1日成为NC-SARA的成员.
  • USM于2016年3月31日申请并获接纳为SARA的参与机构
    • USM is authorized to offer distance education in all states listed as NC-SARA states (见密西西比NC-SARA页面).

      • All states are participants in the NC-SARA reciprocity agreement except California. 两个美国保护国也参加了NC-SARA:

        • U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

        • 其他有人居住的美国保护地(如.e. 美属萨摩亚,关岛,北马里亚纳 岛屿)不是NC-SARA的成员.

        • Both Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are sovereign states in free association 他们不是NC-SARA的成员.

        • 在加州,公共机构没有监管机构.  Private institutions are regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, which only regulates for-profit institutions.  尽管加州没有监管机构,但他们 have assigned the receipt of complaints to the California Department of Consumer Affairs; 投诉的表格张贴在 加州消费者事务部网站.

  • 作为参与机构,USM现在能够:
    • offer distance education (both online and limited field experiences) to students in any SARA State
    • advertise and recruit as long as we do not engage in any of the following activities within member states:
      • Create a physical location for students to receive synchronous or asynchronous instruction;
      • 为了教学目的,更多地要求学生在一个地点见面 than twice per full-term (quarter or semester) course for a total of more than six hours;
      • 设立行政办公室;
      • Provide information to students for the purpose of enrolling students, or providing students support services, form a physical site operated by or on behalf of the intuition in the state;
      • Offer a “short course” that requires more than 20 contact hours in one six-month period;
      • 为教学或非教学人员提供办公场所;
      • 保持本州的通讯地址或电话交流;
      • 进行实地考察或设在实地考察站、研究站的实地考察 or other physical site at which a faculty member or other institutional employee or contractor supervisors or otherwise directs two or more students in an activity exceeding 第5节规定的允许短课程长度.4 (as of 2/5/24-"no more 在六个月的时间里超过20个课时.)或参加班级会议 “会议不超过两次,总时间不超过6小时”.


To provide education to students residing in other states, which constitutes operating in another, higher education institutions must comply with the laws and regulation of each of the states in which students are located while completing distance education. Distance education includes online as well as supervised field experiences including 临床、实习、实习和实习. 根据国家标准第1(31)条 Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), operating is defined as "activities conducted by an institution in support of offering distance education degree or non-degree courses or programs, and non-credit bearing courses in a state, including but not limited to instruction, marketing, recruiting, tutoring, supervised field experiences, experiential learning placements, out-of-state learning placements 以及其他学生支持服务."

In addition to being authorized directly or operating pursuant to a reciprocity agreement, 一个机构还必须向国家专业执照委员会核实 if any program that they are offering that involves distance education requires preapproval before a supervised field experience is conduct and leads to licensure in the state 学生的所在地或他们完成监督的实地经验的地方.


Whether or not a higher education institution engages in an action that triggers “physical “存在”根据每个州的法律而有所不同. Among the activities considered 在确定是否触发了物理存在时:

  • hosting short-term, face-to-face, seminars or conferences where students meet in person
  • experiential learning within the jurisdiction (field experience, clinical, internship, 由学校组织的实习(实习)
  • owning property within a state
  • 以有组织的、持续的、实地的方式进行招聘 机构的雇员或代理人
  • entering into contracts/agreements with an in-state institution or in-state entity 为学生提供服务(例如.e. 图书馆、健身房、电脑中心等.)
  • requiring a student to take a proctored exam at a location or with an entity in the 由机构选择的州
  • 本州居民在当地媒体上看到的广告
  • 雇佣住在本州的在线教师
  • employing mentors, tutors, or preceptors in the state to aid individual students who are residents of the state
  • Courses offered by instructors not residing in Mississippi cannot include face-to-face 与其他州的学生会面.
  • 定义物理存在的方式根据状态和 是否需要在机构获得授权的任何州予以考虑 以遵守物理存在的限制.
  • Institutional participants to NC-SARA have specific physical presence considerations that must be considered, which are further specified in the NC-SARA section of this page.

如果触发了实体存在,则机构必须在这方面获得授权 state.

*State physical presence triggers apply if an institution that is an NC-SARA member exceeds their permitted physical presence in a state based on the NC-SARA guidelines (see NC-SARA paragraph below).


  • If the activities of an institution do not create a “physical presence”, an exception may apply allowing the institution to provide education to students in the state without 因为缺乏实际存在而获得国家授权.
    • 但是,下面的列表表示了创建异常的场景类型 例外情况因州而异:
      • Religious organizations
      • 由教育部批准的机构认可的组织
      • Non-degree granting programs
  • Please review the list of states below for more information concerning the University of Southern Mississippi’s compliance with this regulation and to obtain the contact 您所在州相关机构的信息.
  • We are evaluating and working to comply with the various requirements and are updating 此页作为附加信息收到.


虽然大学将尽合理努力安排被录取的学生 实地经验和实习,将由主办机构决定 是否允许学生在该工厂工作. Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the state certification body. 学生可向相应的认证机构咨询 occupation for more details. 成功完成大学的学习项目 不保证执照,认证或就业 in the relevant occupation.

注意:某些州在实习之前有具体的要求 within their state.  有关此类要求的更多信息,请参阅 国家具体实习法网页



南方大学和学校协会委员会对大学进行认证 九游会国际 ("USM") thereby enabling USM to award baccalaureate, 硕士、专科和博士学位. 请注意NC-SARA不提供互惠 符合国家专业执照要求. 联络大学事务委员会 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Southern Mississippi:By 邮寄地址:佐治亚州迪凯特南巷1866号,邮编:30033-4097或
Call 404.679.4500


If you have a complaint or want to review the options for filing a complaint, please see the following web page:

Complaint webpage


We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their state of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning 获得执照的学术课程.

有关州外专业执照的信息和指导,请访问 the 专业执照披露页面.


有关国家授权的问题,请发送电子邮件 stateauthorizationsFREEMississippi

有关专业执照的问题,请发送电子邮件 professionallicensureFREEMississippi