A Date with Data: NC-SARA Spring 2016 Reporting Guidelines

If your college is currently a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), the dates for reporting your Spring 2016 enrollment data are May 9-20, 2016. This means you GCC, JSRCC, LFCC, NRCC, NVCC, TCC, and WCC.

“Wait? What data reporting?” you ask. One of the requirements of all institutional members of NC-SARA is to share out-of-state distance learning enrollment data on an annual basis. NC-SARA has adopted the following policy regarding this data collection:

““Institutions participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) shall annually report to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements the number of students enrolled in the institution via distance education delivered outside the home state of the institution, disaggregated by state, territory, or district in which the students reside. The data shall be reported annually to NC-SARA one month following the due date for institutions to make their fall enrollment reports to the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).”

Drafts of the two documents that will be used by SARA institutions for their Spring 2016 data reporting have been posted on the NC-SARA website. You can find a draft of the Data Sharing Agreement at: http://nc-sara.org/files/docs/NC-SARA_DSA_012516-DRAFT.pdf.

A draft of the Data Reporting Guide is available at: http://nc-sara.org/files/docs/NC-SARA%20_DataReportingGuide_012516_DRAFT.pdf

Once finalized both of these documents will be used in the reporting process. If you have comments or questions, email them to information@nc-sara.org.

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