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University System Helps Students Financially With SARA

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The days of traditional classroom learning are changing, the North Dakota University System (NDUS) research found more students are taking classes online.

Which is why NDUS is helping lead the way in expanding online post-secondary education through the agreement SARA.

To say Dayton Farley,a student at  Bismarck State College, is busy is an understatement.

So, to study around his schedule, he takes classes online.   

"A lot of times if I'm at work, or at home or when I'm on the road for a game, or what it is, I can till log into class and it's right there for me," says Farley.

He works on campus, travels with the Bismarck Bobcats and studies Computer Literacy.

Dayton is like many students in North Dakota. NDUS's research shows a 7.9 percent increase in students taking classes online.

To allow more students, even in other states, to study online the board joined a national agreement, SARA.

"A lot of our energy programs, no one offers nationwide. And, you know, right now we wanna make sure that we're authorized to offer those to students in all 50 states and gives the students in other states much more choice," says Lane Huber of NDUS.

Tanya Spilovoy "Also, it makes it easier for a student who has to move because of work. That they can continue their studies in whatever state that they happen to live in," says the director of Distance Education Dr. Tanya Spilovoy. 

Only North Dakota and Indiana are involved in SARA. Students can take online classes at Bismarck State College, Minot State University, Valley City State University, Lake Region State College and Indian State University.

"Technology is becoming more prevalent everyday. So, it's just something that you're we're all really interested in. I just think it's great," says Farley.

Spilovoy says schools are calling NDUS to learn more and possibly join SARA. She says the hope is to have more that 20 states join within the next year.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement also, benefits colleges, by being allowed to offer classes to students in other states while avoiding numerous out of state class fees.


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