Federal Regulation and Distance Learning

For anyone tracking the impact of the Higher Education Opportunity Act on distance learning, I highly recommend this resource from WICHE. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been a model for inter-state cooperation…and a leading innovator on distance education. This article breaks down some of the key issues, including:

*Impact on Instituions
*Advocacy Resources
*Federal Timeline

From the WICHE site…

“On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released new “program integrity” regulations.  One of the regulations focused on the need for institutions to acquire authorization from any state in which it ‘operates.”  In a December 2010 webcast on this issue, Fred Sellers of the USDOE said that: “Under the Higher Education Act, for an institution in any State to be eligible to participate in Federal programs, it must be legally authorized by the State to provide postsecondary education.”  Note that, in this case, the term “Federal programs” applies to any federal funding, including federal financial aid programs.”


About bskluger

I have been an education technology practitioner for over a decade. This blog is a personal experiment with playing the role of observer. We'll see if I can pull it off without getting back into the fray.
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  1. Pingback: State Approval: USDOE Issues Second ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter « Focus on Adult Learning: Innovation through Inquiry

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