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IU Online Newsletter - April 16, 2014
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April 16, 2014
Vol. 2, Ed. 3
Welcome to IU Online, an e-newsletter containing the latest news and information from the Indiana University Office of Online Education.
  1. SARA
  2. Online education by the numbers
  3. Update on IUB Sloan-C representative
  4. New certificate added to IU Online website
Over the past two years, the Office of Online Education has diligently worked to comply with state regulations regarding the delivery of Indiana University’s online programs to students who reside in states other than Indiana.
During this time, a program has been developed that is administered through the regional state compacts. This program provides a mechanism for states and institutions to participate in a reciprocity arrangement known as the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, or SARA.
Reciprocity allows participating states to agree to a set of common expectations, standards, procedures, and policies for regulating postsecondary distance education within their borders. It is a voluntary approach: states can choose to participate, or they can choose to continue to enforce their individual regulations. 
In order to join SARA, most states must first pass legislation permitting their higher education agencies or commissions to enter into the SARA program (several states do not require this type of legislation to participate). Then the states must apply to the program through their regional compact.
Once a state is accepted into the SARA program, individual institutions within the state must also apply and be accepted into the SARA program by meeting the minimum standards set by SARA. 
Indiana became the first state to be accepted into SARA last month, and this past week, Indiana University was accepted into SARA.
SARA's success will depend on the number of states that choose to participate. At this time, it is unclear how many states will decide to join. In the meantime, the Office of Online Education will continue to monitor SARA closely, while proceeding to seek authorization in all states.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our compliance officer, Ilona Marie Hajdu, at or 812.855.1017.
Learn more about Indiana's acceptance into SARA:
Learn more about IU's acceptance into SARA:
2. Online education by the numbers
In the spring 2010 semester, 12,574 Indiana University students enrolled at one of our seven campuses took at least one online class. By spring 2014, almost 20,000 IU students took one or more online classes.
The chart below shows these students as a percentage of total university enrollment over five spring semesters.
chart showing percent of IU students taking one or more online classes
3. Update on IUB Sloan-C representative
The Sloan-C representative for the Bloomington campus is Susan Hathaway, not Greg Siering as previously reported.
You may reach Susan by sending an email message to
View all Sloan-C campus representatives:
4. New certificate added to IU Online website
A graduate certificate in data science has been approved for distance education delivery and is now listed on the IU Online website. Learn more.
Find other online programs:
Office of Online Education Mission
As a steward of the tradition of excellence at Indiana University and in partnership with the campuses, the Office of Online Education provides leadership, coordination, and resources to the IU community to serve students and promote learning through quality online education.
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