state authorization issues
Along with your work to create quality courses and train excellent online teachers, online education also brings with it a whole set of regulations. To make things more complicated, these regulations vary from state to state, with some states requiring nothing and others demanding filings and fees. This white paper provides guidance from Dr. Bruce Chaloux, CEO of the Sloan Consortium.
A growing number of colleges obtained the necessary approvals in states in which they serve distance students, but many have a long way to go. As an alternative to seeking approval, an increasing number of institutions no longer accept students from some states. These are the findings of a survey of nearly 200 colleges conducted jointly by three leading distance education organizations.
Navigating the ‘Patchwork Quilt’ of State Authorization Requirements Remains a Huge Challenge for Online Programs
State authorization of online programs is one of the biggest issues confronting higher ed institutions seeking to expand their reach to more distance learners. Since the introduction of federal regulations in October 2010 (section 600.9), institutions have been scrambling to respond to a myriad of state requirements.
Change? It’s hard to keep up with the twists and turns in state authorization. The latest announcement 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.