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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement - SARA

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.  When states join SARA, they agree to follow uniform processes for approving their eligible institutions' participation.  Participation in SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. To learn more, visit NC SARA.

New York State Education Department State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. To learn more, visit SARA NC

Current authorized SARA member states can be viewed on the SARA Interactive Map

NC-SARA Compliance Information

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC SARA)
3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder, Colorado 80301

T: (303) 848-3275


Information on Complaint Resolution Policies

Federal regulations require institutions delivering distance education courses to provide students and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with the state approval or licensing entity in the student's state of residency and any other relevant state official or agency that would appropriately handle a student complaint.

SARA requires the College to provide all students taking courses under SARA's provisions with information on the College's and SARA's complaint resolution policies and procedures. SARA applies solely to distance education activity conducted across state lines. It does not apply to distance education activities inside New York State. Only those complaints resulting from distance education courses or activities offered to students in other SARA states come under the terms of SARA. Complaints from in-state students are to be resolved under the College's provisions, not those of SARA. (For complaints from NY students, see Filing a Complaint) https://www.cobleskill.edu/academics/online-education/filing-a-complaint.aspx


Procedure for Filing Complaints (for Students Residing Outside NY)

Students seeking to file a complaint related to online course or online program delivery should report the complaint, in writing, to the faculty member (responsible for oversight of the course) or department chair (responsible for oversight of the program).  In both instances, a written response will be provided to the student within ten (10) calendar days of receipt of the appeal with a copy to the appropriate academic dean. 

Students who cannot reach satisfactory resolution through the aforementioned actions may submit their written appeal to the academic dean within fourteen (14) calendar days of receipt of the faculty member’s or department chair’s response. 

Students who feel that a satisfactory resolution has not been reached after appeal to the academic dean may forward their written appeal to the vice president for academic affairs within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the academic dean’s response.   The vice president for academic affairs will have the chairperson of the Academic Policies Committee convene a three (3) member review panel to make recommendations to the vice president for academic affairs. The decision of the vice president for academic affairs shall be final and not subject to further appeal. Notice will be sent to the student and the appropriate faculty member in writing.

Students who feel that a satisfactory resolution has not been reached after completing the institution’s internal complaint process as described above may submit their complaint to the NC SARA portal.


Professional Licensure

New York State prides itself in the high quality of its licensed and certified professionals.  For the protection of its citizens, each license and certificate have requirements that individuals must meet to be licensed or certified in New York State.  SUNY’s academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet or exceed these State requirements. This is a role SUNY plays in protecting the public.  Other states frequently have their own requirements, so if your goal is to practice in another state, this disclosure will help you check to see what that state requires.

Per U.S. Federal Regulations, §668.43 (2019 Rule), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Manual version 19.2, SUNY Cobleskill provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification.[1]

This disclosure is strictly limited to the SUNY Cobleskill determination of whether its Histotechnician Associates in Applied Science, Paramedic Certificate, or Paramedic Associates in Applied Science, that if successfully completed, would be sufficient to meet the educational minimum standard to take licensure or certification examinations in a State. SUNY Cobleskill cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming.  Such individual determinations are made by state licensing boards, and are fact-specific determinations.

This disclosure does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny your application. Furthermore, this disclosure does not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect your application for licensure and occur after this disclosure has been made. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity using the links provided to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.

SUNY Cobleskill has designed an educational program curriculum for the above-mentioned programs, that if successfully completed, prepares students for New York State licensure and certification exams. 

Please research your state requirements for Histotechnology at https://www.nsh.org/learn/certification

Please research your state requirements for Paramedic at https://www.nremt.org/Paramedic/Certification