Maine students will be able to access a plethora of college courses thanks to a new partnership with a 36-state coalition

college-coursesMaine college students will soon have seamless access to hundreds of higher education courses in 35 states thanks to a multi-state program to which the state has just been accepted.

The New England Board of Higher Education announced that Maine has been accepted to the New England State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (N-SARA).

SARA is a 36-state coalition through which colleges and universities, as well as individual students, can access courses at institutions in other participating states. Reciprocally, Maine institutions also will be allowed to share their online offerings in other states in the coalition.

“SARA facilitates Maine’s interface with education opportunities across the country while bypassing the old case-by-case, burdensome course-approval system. Maine students benefit, and state red tape is minimized with no loss of accountability. It is a state consortium approach we value,” said Bill Beardsley, acting commissioner of the Maine Department of Education.

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