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What is the State Authorization Network (SAN)?

In March 2011, WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) created the State Authorization Network (SAN) to serve institutions and organizations nationwide by providing training, support, and opportunities to collaborate to navigate regulatory compliance for out-of-state activities of post-secondary institutions.

By joining SAN, members will receive important State Authorization support in the years to come to compliment compliance through reciprocity (SARA), managing Federal compliance, as well as continuing to support institutions attaining compliance through traditional individual state process.

SAN members collaborate to address the problems, discuss solutions, and prepare for the future.

Currently, SAN maintains more than 100 memberships that include more than 700 institutions nationwide!  View our current SAN Participants.


Cheryl Dowd, J.D.  Director, (303) 541-0210

Dan Silverman, J.D.  Assistant Director,   (303)541-0285 

SAN Advisory Group


Beginning in 2018, SAN established the SAN Advisory Group.  The five member panel of SAN members serve the membership by making recommendations on programmatic issues of interest to the membership at-large.  The SAN Advisory Group meets virtually periodically and will attempt to create a face to face meeting opportunity to coincide with the NASASPS Annual Conference, which is a collaboration with SAN.

Anyone who is a staff member with a SAN member institution or organization can be nominated to serve on the Advisory Group.  Nominees do not have to be designated as the “SAN coordinator” for the membership. 

The 2019 SAN Advisory Group seeks one new member.  Nominations are closed.  Please look for participation opportunities announced in Summer 2020. 

If you have any further questions, please contact Cheryl Dowd, or Dan Silverman,

Advisory Group Members

The SAN Advisory Group consists of the following members:

Kathryn Cross – University of Louisville (KYVC) – 2 year term (2018- 2020)

Tyson Heath – Western Governors University – 3 year term (2018 - 2021)

Leeann Fields - University of Nevada - Las Vegas - 2 year term (2019 - 2021)

Terrence Scarborough – North Carolina  SARA (UNC – General Administration) – 3 year term (2018 - 2021)

Lisa Siefker – The Ohio State University – 3 year term (2018 - 2021)

Special Interest Teams

SAN members may apply to and participate in Special Interest Teams.

What is a Special Interest Team?

  • Small issue workgroup – 7 people on each team.
  • Meets virtually for a period of time (as needed to address the issue).
  • To discuss and research identified topics (issues of concern to SAN members).
  • Team members will do independent research to contribute to the team.
  • Provides deliverables as determined by The Team. Examples could include:  white papers, webcasts, task list, one pagers, etc. etc.

Special Interest Teams were developed with the advice and recommendations of the SAN Advisory Group.  The topics will continue to be identified for future Special Interest Teams.

2019 SAN announced the first two Special Interest Teams:

  1. Professional Licensure Research & Disclosures
  2. Data Protection & Privacy

Process for applying for a Special Interest Team:

  1. Prepare an application of no more that 200 words to include:
  • Which topic you would like to join.
  • Ability to actively participate through calls and carrying out independent research.
  • Relevant experience with, or knowledge of, the topic.
  • Why you would like to participate on the particular Special Interest Team.
  1. Send to Cheryl Dowd –
  2. Applications will be reviewed, and participants chosen by the Director and Assistant Director, with the advice of the SAN Advisory Group.

Application Period is now closed for the 2019 Special Interest Teams.  We look forward to sharing outcomes in the upcoming months.

WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies)

About WCET

WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) is the leader in the practice, policy, & advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET is a national, member-driven, non-profit which brings together colleges, universities, higher education organizations, and companies to collectively improve the quality and reach of technology-enhanced learning programs.  WCET was founded by WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) to meet a growing need to integrate distance learning and educational technology into the academic services of higher education institutions in the western region.  The WCET membership is a critical part of WCET|SAN.  WCET, an established organization for more than 30 years, provides information on relevant topic areas that are critical for compliance staff to engage in meaningful dialogue at the institution to develop institutionally unified compliance strategies. We invite you to learn more about membership and consider joining.

WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education)


Created in 1953, WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education)is one of four regional U.S. interstate compacts.  This dynamic federal compact, composed of 16 Western states and territories, maintains a diverse portfolio of programs and priorities that help students pursue higher education affordably and conveniently, accelerate region-wide sharing of ideas and resources, provide expert research and policy guidance, and prepare universities, colleges, and communities for social, economic and technological change. WICHE was a leader in establishing the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  WICHE maintains four departments:  Mental Health Program, Policy Analysis and Research, Programs and Services, and WCET. Learn more at