COVID-19 (Coronavirus) disruptiuon alert

Due to the disruptions to higher education caused by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB) is honoring the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance stating that it is "providing broad approval to institutions to use online technologies to accommodate students on a temporary basis." Please see the Department's guidance for more information.

Therefore, institutions not approved for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement will have the ability to accommodate students using online technologies on a temporary basis with no repercussions from the DLAB. This special accommodation will remain in place until May 31, 2020 and will be reconsidered at that time to determine if an extension to that timeframe is necessary.

The regional higher education compacts (Wisconsin is a member of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact or MHEC) have organized a network of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements or SARAs. Under these agreements, participating states will recognize the regulations of the home state of postsecondary institutions offering distance learning. Wisconsin law pertaining to Wisconsin institutions will similarly be recognized by other states participating in the reciprocity agreements, thereby exempting Wisconsin colleges and universities from bureaucratic hurdles and costs.

The Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB) was created under Wisconsin Act 208 to represent Wisconsin higher education institutions for SARA. The functions of the DLAB benefit students and improve efficiency, ensuring that Wisconsin public and private higher education institutions can offer high quality educational opportunities to out-of-state students and comply with requirements in serving these students in an efficient and cost-effective way by entering into a SARA.

Participating SARA States