State Authorization Network (SAN)
As a service to member colleges, DigiTex offers membership in the State Authorization Network (SAN) of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). SAN provides information, training, webinars, meetings, and other resources and activities to help colleges comply with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and other federal regulations and policies related to distance education. DigiTex pays SAN an annual membership fee of $8,000 and extends the resources from the organization to its member colleges at no cost. This consortial agreement saves Texas public community colleges $220,000 annually on SAN membership fees.
Membership in SAN does not include participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement that governs Texas institutions. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is the state portal agency for SARA. Any accredited, postsecondary institution with its principal campus or central administrative unit domiciled in Texas is eligible to apply. Click here for more information on the THECB’s application and fee process for SARA participation.
Special Meeting for SAN Members
Our friends at the State Authorization Network (SAN) generously offered to lead a special meeting for all DigiTex members on January 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM CST. Our members had a chance to meet and interact with some of the experts at SAN, as well as to learn more about professional licensure regulations and to network with other state authorization professionals around Texas. To read more about this meeting, access our flyer to the right. Or watch the recording below!
Resources Available through SAN
The State Authorization Network exists to help its members navigate the challenging waters of state authorization compliance more efficiently and effectively. To that end, the SAN portal features numerous resources to help you stay informed with timely updates. Among the many useful resources, you will find the following:
Newcomer onboarding training to acquaint you with the many resources available through SAN
Monthly coordinator calls featuring expert discussions of various state authorization topics & updates on recent legislative changes
Articles & White Papers
Articles, blog posts, & white papers on varied topics including military students & professional licensure requirements, among many others
eNewsletters containing updates about recent legislative changes to state authorization requirements, links to trainings, & more
Podcasts & Webinars
Access to the MIX/SAN Discussion boards for networking with other compliance professionals and asking your own questions
Reduced registration rates for many training and workshop opportunities
Many of these resources are available to SAN members only. DigiTex members can contact Heather Walker for logon information to the portal.
For a brief, visual explanation of the benefits of SAN and its resources, please access our infographic, and feel free to share it widely with other interested colleagues at your institution.
State Authorization FAQs
For additional questions about our consortial membership in SAN and how it can benefit you and your institution, please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
No, membership in SAN does not include membership in NC-SARA. If your institution wishes to join NC-SARA, please contact Jessica Acton at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for more information. If you need her contact information, please reach out to Heather Walker with DigiTex.
Individual institutional memberships in SAN cost $4,000 apiece. If each of the 55 community colleges in Texas were to purchase its own membership, the cost would be $220,000 total!
As a consortium, DigiTex is eligible to purchase a bulk membership for its members for only $8,000. This allows us to provide you, our member colleges, with a FREE membership in SAN.
Jessica Acton at THECB is the first contact for any institution that wishes to join NC-SARA. Contact Heather Walker for her information.
Many of the resources on the SAN website are only available to members, so you will need our DigiTex member logon information to fully access all resources. Contact Heather Walker to receive the logon information.