Virtual College gains expanded recognition

Kansas, Fort Hays State University and the FHSU Virtual College are now part of a national higher education network, which guarantees students that the education they receive from FHSU is fully accredited in other states.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which Kansas joined in November, is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that provides a national standard for graduate and undergraduate programs, according to

"SARA provides our students with a peace of mind, allowing them to go forward knowing that their program is recognized across the country," said Dennis King, director of the Virtual College.

Ranked No. 1 in best online bachelor's in nursing programs by at least one online ratings agency, and by others as No. 1 for most affordable online graduate schools for master's degrees in 2015, along with many other accolades, FHSU's Virtual College is striving to make its programs even more efficient for their students.

The agreement centralizes program recognition across state lines and benefits the students, both virtual and on campus, by allowing them to receive accreditation for their programs online and in other states.

"FHSU is in a good position," said King. "We want this to be as seamless and easy as possible for our students."

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