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Southern Wesleyan University to participate in NC-SARA

    08.24.16 | Academics Charleston North Augusta Columbia Greenville Adult Evening programs Education Business Inventive learning

    Southern Wesleyan University has been approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) as an institutional participant in an initiative that provides oversight to postsecondary distance education.

    According to Tyler Watts, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Southern Wesleyan, participation in NC-SARA will provide significant benefits to online programs the university offers.

    Previously, we would need to ensure that we were compliant with individual state licensure agreements if a student in a specific state wanted to enroll in our programs,” Watts said. “This required us to ensure that we were meeting up to 50 different licensure requirements. NC-SARA opens the doors of enrollment for students throughout the United States while ensuring they are being provided clear and consistent means of raising issues.”

    Southern Wesleyan offers online degree programs in Business Administration and Education: BS in business administration (hybrid and online with concentrations in human resources management, management and supply chain management), BS in early childhood and family studies, MBA (hybrid and online), MBA with health care administration concentration, MS in management and leadership (hybrid and online), and a master of education in classroom leadership (literacy, learning disabilities, gifted and talented and early childhood special education content area electives available).

    Watts added that NC-SARA also provides nationally recognized guidelines to help the university evaluate its distance education offerings and ensure that best practices are being followed.

    According to Marshall A. Hill, executive director of NC-SARA, the initiative is increasing administrative efficiency and lowering the costs of obtaining authorization to provide postsecondary distance education in states that join.

    Hill noted that SARA institutions must annually commit to several steps designed to ensure that courses and programs they offer through the initiative provide high-quality learning opportunities that can help students reach their goals.

    “As a result of our approval to become an NC-SARA institutional participant, students can enroll in our online programs with confidence knowing that we are ensuring access to quality educational offerings regardless of their location,” Watts said.

    With regional education centers conveniently located across South Carolina, as well as fully online programs for select degrees, Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. For details, go to swu.edu.