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Federal Regulation on State Authorization of Distance Education

By Russell Poulin, WCET

In interpreting the language passed in the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) conducted a Negotiated Rule Making Process in 2010.  Proposed regulatory language was released for public comment in April 2010.  The language regarding ‘distance education’ was not part of that proposed language and was included as part of the final regulations released in October 2010.  (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-26531.pdf p. 66866)

Institutions must comply with any applicable state approval or licensure requirements in each state in which it ‘operates’ and be approved by that state by name.   Institutions are required to seek approval only in states that have regulations regarding distance or correspondence education.  Institutions must also provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student’s state.

Continued at: http://wcet.wiche.edu

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