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By Erika Neldner

Reinhardt University can now educate students across the country through online classes for six degrees.

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements welcomed Reinhardt University as an institutional participant this summer.

“Reinhardt has been serving online students in other states, but it has been limited to a certain number of states,” said Julie Fleming, vice president for enrollment management at Reinhardt. “By being a member of NC-SARA, we are able to serve students in all member states.”

Reinhardt’s online degrees, including Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Associate of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Business Administration, Associate of Business Administration, Bachelor of Healthcare Administration and the newest online degree, the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing – can be earned by any resident of the 49 member states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The detailed application process with the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, for which Reinhardt received acceptance, led to the NC-SARA approval.

A SARA is an agreement among its members states, districts and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online classes offered by postsecondary institutions in a state other than the one where they reside. SARA is overseen by a national council and administered by four regional higher education compacts. The four SARA agreements of those compacts are collectively treated as a plural, the agreements.