MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross thanked the Wisconsin legislature for its passage this week of the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA).

The M-SARA bill, offered by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Joan Ballweg, creates a Distance Learning Authorization Board attached to the Higher Educational Aids Board. The new board would authorize reciprocity agreements related to oversight of postsecondary institutions that offer distance learning to out-of-state students.

“Increasingly, educational programs offered through distance learning are important pathways in the academic journeys and experiences of our students,” Cross said. “We appreciate the efforts of Sen. Harsdorf and Rep. Ballweg and the many other supporters of this bill who are helping improve students’ ability to access and participate in distance-learning programs that span the states.”

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