§ 741.1. Definitions.
The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
Calendar yearJanuary 1December 31.
DepartmentThe Department of Education of the Commonwealth.
(i) Instruction offered by any means when the student and faculty member are in separate physical locations so that face-to-face communication is absent and communication is accomplished by one or more technological media. It includes real-time or delayed interaction using voice, video, data and/or text, including instruction provided online, by correspondence or by interactive video.
(ii) Instruction provided by synchronous video from an institution in this Commonwealth to additional campus sites of the same institution in this Commonwealth is not considered distance education.
(iii) Distance education is instructor-led and is not independent study.
Portal agencyThe single entity designated to serve as the interstate point of contact for SARA questions, complaints and other communications.
Postsecondary institutionAn institution legally authorized to award degrees at the associate level or above.
Regional compactA nonprofit organization with member states dedicated to advancing education in a region. The four regional compacts are the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, the New England Board of Higher Education, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
SARAState Authorization Reciprocity AgreementA voluntary agreement adopted by the regional compacts to establish National standards for interstate delivery of postsecondary education through distance education.
(i) Moneys charged by the institution for instruction.
(ii) The term does not include moneys charged as fees, such as technology fees, student services fees or activities fees if those fees are noted on the invoice and in publications as fees that are separated from tuition.
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