What is State Authorization?
State Authorization is the process of gaining approval from other states to operate within their borders. The purpose of state authorization is consumer protection.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
Northern Arizona University (NAU) participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NAU is authorized to provide distance education, including online classes, continuing education opportunities, field trip experiences, and “experiential” activities to students located in other states that participate in NC-SARA. As of July 2020, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all states except for California are members of NC-SARA. Students located in California can participate in NAU’s distance education offerings.