Get a Handle on new regulations coming to online education programs

State Authorization: Strategies for Online Providers

The latest developments in the state authorization of online learning include court decisions, the establishment of a national commission and an emerging national reciprocity strategy. But what does all of this mean for your institutional efforts? Are these initiatives going to be helpful or will they mean more roadblocks ahead?

Change? It’s hard to keep up with the twists and turns in state authorization. The latest announcement in late July by the Department of Education that it would not enforce provisions of the original regulations (600.9) might suggest the heat is off institutions. CAUTION is advised. If your online programs cross state lines to reach students, you still face regulatory scrutiny in many states.

This two-part seminar, featuring Dr. Bruce Chaloux, a major player in national efforts addressing online learning requirements and executive director and CEO of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), provides the accurate, comprehensive information you need to keep your programming on track.

You’ll gain a greater understanding of emerging national strategies, such as the State Authorization Reciprocal Agreement (SARA), and a sense of what’s ahead for the rest of 2012 and 2013.

New Information to Manage Online Learning Requirements
Mixed signals and institutional scrambles have been the rule since new federal regulations for online education were introduced in 2010. In State Authorization: Strategies for Online Providers, Dr. Chaloux brings clarity to the seemingly ever-changing regulatory landscape.

Part One, which aired on Feb. 1, covers such practical concerns as:

  • What you should have already done about online authorization – and what to do if you haven’t
  • What to consider before seeking approval from a specific state
  • How to engage and respond to state authorization agencies
  • What specific challenges confront multiple-state programming
  • What happens if you delay action.

Part Two, which aired on Sept. 19, provides the most up-to-date information on this important and highly complex topic after a busy summer on the state authorization front.

This special, two-hour recording will help you:

  • Understand the impact of recent court decisions and the latest federal action
  • Learn how current federal regulations and state authorization affect online learning requirements
  • Understand how SARA – the proposed model for national, reciprocal state authorization – could work and what that implies for your organization
  • Start considering “What happens next?” for your institution
  • Begin developing strategies to guide your institution through state authorization challenges
  • Enjoy access to available resources and best practices to support your institution as it confronts state approval issues

Part 2 also focuses on new Federal rulings. Dr. Chaloux goes into more detail on emerging state authorization initiatives, and new challenges facing online providers. Additionally, it draws upon the experiences of participants and institutions from the first seminar.

When you order a copy of this two-part seminar, you’ll receive for a full 3.5 hours of recorded material. You’ll also get the transcripts from both seminars and all the supplemental materials.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CDs of the seminars onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.

State Authorization: Strategies for Online Providers also includes an exclusive LinkedIn discussion group available only to seminar participants.

Plus, you will receive:

  • Background information
  • A guideline for next steps
  • Do’s and don’ts
  • Sample documents
  • Additional resources
  • A discussion guide for facilitators

Who Will Benefit:
If your institution offers out-of-state–based online education, someone in a leadership position needs to attend this intermediate- to advanced-level seminar to make sure your organization has the information and tools you need to prepare for the future. It’s particularly helpful for people in the following positions:

  • Deans, directors and leaders in e-learning/online learning/distance learning units
  • Department heads
  • Program directors
  • Online programming academic unit leaders
  • Administrative personnel responsible for securing state authorization.

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