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State Authorization and Reciprocity

State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories in the United States, which establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to simplify the process of taking online courses for credit offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. It also simplifies the process of participating in clinicals, internships, or practicums outside of the state of South Dakota. SARA is overseen by a national council (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional education compacts.

Western Dakota Tech has been approved by the State of South Dakota to participate in NC-SARA and was accepted as a SARA institution on February 27, 2017. South Dakota joined W-SARA (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), which is one of the four regional education compacts who administer SARA) on November 11, 2014. At this time, 49 of the 50 United States are SARA members.

Western Dakota Tech is not is individually approved to offer programs in California. As such, students who move to California while actively pursuing a Western Dakota Tech online program may lose eligibility for Title IV and HEA funds.

Professional Licensure and Certification Requirements

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. At this time, Western Dakota Tech does not offer an online program that leads to professional licensure or certification and cannot confirm if programs meet the prerequisites for professional licensure or certification outside the State of South Dakota. Students will need to contact state licensing board relative to their program in the state they are seeking licensure from for further information. 

If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning the academic program. 

If you need assistance locating a state licensing agency, please contact the Vice President for Teaching and Learning: Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu or 605.718.2905.

Complaint Process

Students have the opportunity to file a complaint with Western Dakota Tech by following the processes below.

Step One: File a complaint with Western Dakota Tech.

Contact a Student Success Coach for assistance.

Student Complaint Procedure

Step Two: If your complaint is not resolved with your institution, follow the complaint process for the state of South Dakota.

To file a complaint with the South Dakota Board of Technical Education, follow the links below.

Technical Institute Complaint Process
Technical Institute Complaint Form

For more information about filing a complaint at the state level:

Nick Wendell | Executive Director
South Dakota Board of Technical Education
 800 Governors Drive | Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3261 (Office)


Step Three: If your complaint is not resolved at the state level, follow the complaint process for SARA.

SARA Complaint Process


Refund Process

Western Dakota Tech is a SARA institution. As such, students that reside in South Dakota or another state are required to follow the Western Dakota Tech Refund Procedure. 

Refund Procedure

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