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State Authorization and Title IV Compliance: What Presidents and Provosts Need to Know

By Daniel Fusch

There has been a lot of attention recently to the Department of Education’s gainful employment rule; what has received less attention is the Department of Education’s two guidance letters announcing stepped-up enforcement of the state authorization rule, which will complicate Title IV compliance for all institutions that enroll online, out-of-state students (and not only the for-profit institutions that the rule is intended to regulate). This week, officials at Clemson University estimated that it would cost their institution tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours to comply.

Most institutions that are currently planning and growing large-scale online programs are hurrying to estimate the costs and proceed with the process of securing the necessary state authorizations. However, many institutions with more traditional programs have not taken action, either doubting that the rule applies to them or believing they have three years before the deadline to comply. Yet compliance is a very time-consuming process, and even institutions without significant plans for growing their online offerings are likely to find their Title IV compliance at risk if they do not take prompt action to secure state authorization. The rule applies to any institutions that enroll some online, out-of-state students.

To learn more, we turned to John Ebersole, president of Excelsior College and a lead voice in the ongoing debate around the state authorization rule. We asked Ebersole to clarify what presidents and provosts most need to be aware of related to how the rule will impact Title IV compliance, and what early steps institutions should be taking now to ensure that their compliance is not at risk.

Continued at: http://www.academicimpressions.com/news.php?i=208&q=8714d401869aS

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