The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) was established to ensure that the SARA initiative provides a national solution, rather than four regional solutions. The four regional compacts, along with representatives of the National Commission, the Presidents’ Forum, and the Council of State Governments, sought applications and nominations for this board in July 2013 and from a list of more than 90 applicants and nominees selected an initial group of 22 leaders from various sectors of higher education and government to help guide the activities of SARA. This nationwide coordinating entity will assure that the four regional compacts establish uniform standards and procedures for accepting and monitoring states participating in each of their respective regional reciprocity agreements; thus, states participating in SARA through any one compact will be recognized as reciprocal partners with states participating in SARA through any another regional compact. And institutions will be assured that their participation in one region’s SARA initiative will carry full value in any other SARA state, from any other region.
The NC-SARA board includes the chief executive officers of the four regional compacts, four leaders from the National Commission and Presidents’ Forum/CSG efforts, and additional members to assure that the perspectives of all stakeholder groups will be represented, while keeping the board small enough to be workable and effective.
Bruce Chaloux was helpful to every step of the development of SARA and was to serve as a member of the National Council. He passed away in September 2013.