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State Authorization & Distance Learning: Where are we now?
About the Event
On March 7th, UMassOnline in collaboration with the EDUCAUSE community Constituent Group: Blended and Online Learning will convene a distinguished panel of higher education experts for an update on state authorization and out-of-state schools. This has been one of the hottest topics in higher education over the past year, and the event is an opportunity to hear the latest developments and implications.
In October 2010, when the U.S. Department of Education first made explicit reference to distance learning and state authorization, in the final “Program Integrity” rules, the online learning boom and state-by-state jurisdiction seemed on a collision course. Most schools enrolled online students nationwide but lacked authorization beyond their home state, and state requirements were often far from transparent. The initial compliance deadline of July 1, 2011, risking loss of Title IV funding, looked impossible.
Through 2011, a variety of important developments took place. First, the Department of Education extended the compliance deadline to July 1, 2014, requiring a “good faith” effort in the meantime. SHEEO (State Higher Education Executive Officers), the association of state agencies, committed to producing an authoritative guide to state requirements, which it published in the Fall and keeps up-to-date. Finally, a federal judge threw out the new state authorization requirement, citing lack of due process but leaving state authority intact.
One result of the Act has been to focus attention on the many colleges and universities that now employ online learning and varied degrees of onsite support to offer study on a national and international scale. While new technology has been helpful in connecting students to education, the regulatory requirements and evaluative measures that govern authorization vary considerably from state to state, in part due to state policies originally designed to regulate in-state residential campuses. Fifty individual states, and the institutions that seek approval to offer courses within them, now engage in duplicative and inconsistently applied regulatory processes. As a result, reform is needed in the policies and processes of state regulatory review and approval for postsecondary educational institutions that offer degrees across multiple state boundaries.
The Presidents’ Forum, in conjunction with The Council of State Governments (CSG), has been jointly engaged in a Lumina Foundation for Education funded project entitled Multi-State Reciprocity in Postsecondary Approval and Regulation. Together, these organizations have initiated exploration of the possibility of an interstate reciprocity agreement, and begun developing a model compact designed to reform and develop more efficient, common, and shareable regulatory and authorization processes in postsecondary education.
Information Attendees Can Expect to Gain
In 2012, where are we now? Our panel will address the following key questions:
- How are state requirements evolving?
- What does “good faith” effort look like? What are the enrollment and cost implications?
- In how many states are schools securing authorization, and for what kinds of “presence?" Does the total vary by school type?
- How many schools are opting to bar enrollment from certain states?
- What is the latest on federal authority, and Department’s and APSCU’s appeals?
- What is the latest on interstate compact efforts?
The panel will also review the steps UMassOnline has taken to date, and plans for the future.
Must-Attend Event for Many
This event is for higher education leaders and administrators with responsibility for their institution’s distance learning strategy and compliance. The event also welcomes state and federal representatives. Attendance is also suggested for current and potential online learners enrolled in or evaluating online programs from out-of-state schools.
About The Speakers:
|Name||Last viewed||Times viewed|
|Anonymous||Aug 02, 2015 10:22||8917|
|Patrick Masson||Jul 09, 2013 11:28||6|
|Phil Saulnier||Jul 03, 2013 19:55||1|
|sedwards||Jan 07, 2013 10:42||7|
|Kevin O'Brien||Nov 16, 2012 09:13||54|
|John Long||Nov 15, 2012 17:36||2|
|Han Z. Aung||Nov 15, 2012 16:12||25|
|John Cunningham||Jun 29, 2012 12:13||1|
|Som Seng||Mar 27, 2012 13:09||52|
|Jeff Marshall||Mar 20, 2012 09:47||3|
|Jessica Fernandes||Mar 19, 2012 14:05||1|
|Amy Bergin||Mar 15, 2012 11:59||4|
|Pat Schmohl||Mar 09, 2012 16:33||5|
|Jennifer Hernandez||Mar 09, 2012 15:37||35|
|Lynn Zayac||Mar 09, 2012 11:42||3|
|Amy Thompson||Mar 08, 2012 11:20||4|
|Keith Lynip||Mar 07, 2012 13:43||10|
|Stefanie Henderson||Mar 07, 2012 10:33||2|
|Sterling Hager||Mar 07, 2012 09:17||2|
|Tim Lambert||Mar 07, 2012 08:28||1|
|Amy Yacus||Mar 06, 2012 16:39||6|
|Former CEO Udas||Mar 01, 2012 13:05||4|
|Christian deTorres||Feb 29, 2012 15:57||1|
|Louise Hamelin||Feb 28, 2012 07:48||3|
|Marcie Savoie||Feb 27, 2012 12:57||168|
|Kyle Stephanie Kraus||Feb 23, 2012 16:01||1|
|Dennis Maxey||Feb 13, 2012 07:56||2|
|Lisa Panagopoulos||Feb 09, 2012 15:22||2|
|John Trobaugh||Feb 09, 2012 08:58||1|
|Ravi Mekala||Feb 08, 2012 15:58||1|
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