State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement
Friday, Sept. 20, 2-4 p.m.
The Presidents’ Forum of Excelsior College, The Council of State Governments, the Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education and the four regional higher education compacts have been working to develop an effective framework to simplify and streamline the process for authorizing online degree programs operating across state lines. Learn more about the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, a voluntary agreement for both states and institutions intended to allow states and institutions to work together to easily offer online degree programs across state lines, during this education session.
Marshall A. Hill, Ph.D.
Executive Director, National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
Paul H. Shiffman, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Strategic and Governmental Relations and
Executive Director of The
Marshall A. Hill, Ph.D.
Dr. Marshall A. Hill is Executive Director of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of distance education. His involvement with SARA spans work with the Presidents’ Forum/ Council of State Governments drafting team, the development of SARA agreements with the country’s four regional higher education compacts, and membership on the National Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education. Prior to assuming his NC-SARA position in August of 2013, he served eight years as executive director of Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. Hill earned a B.A. in music from Utah State University in 1968, followed by an M.A. in music from the same institution in 1969. In 1972, he earned a Ph.D. in music education, with a minor in higher education, from Florida State University.
Paul H. Shiffman joined Excelsior College in 2002, and he currently serves in a dual capacity as the Assistant Vice President for Strategic and Governmental Relations and Executive Director of the Presidents’ Forum. Dr. Shiffman is charged with developing concepts and programs with a particular focus on advocacy for and delivery of online learning and adult distance education. He also leads an independent policy institute, The Presidents’ Forum, comprised of a national membership of higher education leadership, focusing on policy, regulatory and fiscal issues associated with adult serving and distance learning institutions. Dr. Shiffman earned a B.A. (Psychology) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a M.Ed. (Educational Administration) from Georgia State University, and an Ed.D. (Educational Psychology) from Temple University.