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NH Becomes First State in New England to Allow Higher Ed Students to Take Online Courses in Other States

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New Designation Highlights Growing Importance of the Online Course in Today’s Academia.

The availability, and subsequent importance of taking an online course, or courses, in education appears to be gaining some major ground in New England—particularly with higher education in New Hampshire.

Recently, the New England Board of Higher Education voted to make the Granite State the first state in New England to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an effort designed to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by schools in other states.

The move makes New Hampshire the 18th state in the nation to sign on to SARA, which in essence allows institutions accredited in their own states to operate in other participating states without seeking independent authorization.

“New Hampshire will be a critical part of a[n] expanding network of proactive states that [are] working to benefit students and to strengthen institutions’ online program provision,” said NEBHE President and CEO Michael K. Thomas

Once a state joins SARA, that state’s accredited degree-granting institutions that offer online education courses can seek state approval to participate in SARA. When approved, these institutions are then able to operate in other participating SARA states without seeking independent authorization from those states.

While the move only applies to the state’s college and universities, it shows a growing trend of acceptance toward the benefits taking an online course in today’s academic world. It proves the point that online learning is here to stay, regardless of whether it’s in higher education or in K-12 learning.

Nowhere else is this more evident than in a place like Virtual Learning Academy Charter School. As the premiere virtual school in New Hampshire, offering both part time and full time courses to middle school and high school students, VLACS has shown consistent increases in enrollment since its inception. While different than online learning in higher education, many of the benefits are the same.

Contact us today to learn why an online education may be the right approach for you.

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