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Out of State Learning Placement Reporting

Out of State Learning Placement Reporting

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NC-SARA requires institutions participating in SARA to report certain learning placements in every state or territory other than their own. Reporting the learning placements, referred to as out-of-state learning placements (OOSLP), is required for institutions participating in SARA.NC-SARA

Though learning placements occur in a variety of disciplines, they are particularly common in certain fields, such as health-related disciplines and education. They are often a required part of obtaining a degree and/or license to practice a particular profession. Institutions do not report their in-state learning placements to NC-SARA. Only out-of-state learning placements are reported.

These activities are an important part of many academic programs and the number and extent of such placements are of great interest and concern to educators, practitioners, licensing bodies, and state regulators.

Data Submission

Below you will find a reporting guide, sample submission form and a blank submission form for you to download and use when submitting your OOSLP data. Please take the time necessary to review the reporting guide as well as the sample submission to ensure that your submission is completed accurately.

Reporting Guide Sample Submission Blank Form

Please send your completed OOSLP submission to stateauthorizationsFREEMississippi 


Learning placements include activities such as clinical rotations, student teaching, internships, and other similar activities. Out-of-state learning placements can be simply defined as learning placements that occur in a state other than the home state of the institution.

  • The placement is outside the home state of the SARA institution.
  • The placement involves the physical presence of the student at the out-of-state
  • One or more of the following is true:
    • The placement is an activity required for degree completion.
    • The placement is an activity required for professional licensure.
    • The placement is offered for credit.
    • The placement is offered for a fee.

When in doubt, report the OOSLP. The intention of NC-SARA is that institutions report relevant learning activity that occurs across state lines.

Yes, both undergraduate and graduate students are reported, combined into a single number. All OOSLPs that meet the criteria should be reported for on-campus and distance education students.

At this time, virtual learning placements across state lines are not reported to NC-SARA.

Please Note: Do not report learning placements that were intended to be in-person but
occurred remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Yes, an international student’s OOSLP would be counted only if the student was physically participating in a learning placement in a U.S. state, territory or district other than the home state of the institution. An OOSLP in another country is not reported.

Issues or Concerns

If you have any issues or concerns with your OOSLP data submission, please contact us at (601) 266-4466 or email stateauthorizationsFREEMississippi