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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: NEGOTIATED RULEMAKING 2012/2013
    In May 2012, the U.S. Department of Education announced their intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) (title IV Federal Student Aid programs). On April 16, 2013, the Department announced additional topics for consideration for action by that committee, including state authorization. This announcement included information about three public hearings at which interested parties may comment on the new topics suggested by the Department, and may suggest additional topics for consideration for action by the negotiated rulemaking committee. For anyone unable to attend a public hearing, the Department will accept written comments.

  • DAVID BERGERON'S "DEAR COLLEAGUE" LETTER FROM JANUARY 23, 2013
    This letter from the US Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education reminds postsecondary institutions and States that postsecondary institutions are required to have certain types of State oversight and approvals in order to participate in the Title IV Federal Student Aid programs and explains that the enforcement of these state authorization requirements for institutions was previously stayed to July 1, 2013.

  • DAVID BERGERON'S "DEAR COLLEAGUE" LETTER FROM JULY 27, 2012
    This letter from the US Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education provides guidance on the Department of Education’s most recent interpretation of the program integrity regulations in light of the recent Court of Appeals decision vacating the part of the State Authorization rule relating to approval of online learning.
     
  • EDUARDO OCHOA'S "DEAR COLLEAGUE" LETTER FROM APRIL 20, 2011
    This letter from the US Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education provides guidance on state authorization in the context of distance learning under the Program Integrity regulation.
     
  • EDUARDO OCHOA'S "DEAR COLLEAGUE" LETTER FROM MARCH 17, 2011
    This letter from the US Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education provides guidance on three areas of the final regulations published on October 29, 2010, addressing program integrity issues: state authorization, incentive compensation, and misrepresentation.
     
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: PROGRAM INTEGRITY RULES
    This issue of the Federal Register details the program integrity rules proposed by the US Department of Education in 2010, including those related to state authorization, distance education, student complaint processes, authorization fee structures, and more.


LAWSUIT AND COURT RULINGS ON FEDERAL REGULATIONS


HIGHER EDUCATION COMPLIANCE ALLIANCE

Reciprocity

COUNCIL FOR REGULATION OF POSTSECONDARY DISTANCE EDUCATION

  • DISTANCE EDUCATION COMMISSION
    Former U. S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and 20 other leaders have been invited to explore the regulation of postsecondary distance education on a new national commission organized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).
     

WESTERN INTERSTATE COMMISSION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

  • WICHE SARA – WORKING DRAFT (September 2012)
    Current public draft of WSARA, a version of the Presidents’ Forum/Council of State Governments’ model reciprocity agreement (SARA) modified by WICHE to better suit the implementation needs of their constituent states.
     
  • WICHE SARA – SUMMARY POWERPOINT
    Slides describing the effort across regional organizations of states (WICHE, MHEC, NEBHE, and SREB) to develop an implementation-ready cross-state reciprocity agreement on authorization of higher education institutions by state agencies, based on the work of the Presidents’ Forum and the Council of State Governments.
     

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COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERNMENTS

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Distance Education

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SREB – SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCATION BOARD

  • DISTANCE LEARNING POLICY LAB
    The SREB Distance Learning Policy Laboratory assists the 16 states in the SREB region with distance learning projects and outreach to students. A current focus is helping states respond to changes in federal regulations that require institutions with online programs to have approval in states where they enroll students.
     
  • SREB’S ELECTRONIC CAMPUS
    SREB's Electronic Campus is an "electronic marketplace" of online courses and programs from the South's colleges and universities. The Electronic Campus was designed to provide learning opportunities from accredited colleges and universities that offered courses and programs that exceed SREB's Principles of Good Practice.
     

SLOAN-C – SLOAN CONSORTIUM

 

Accreditation

CHEA – COUNCIL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ACCREDITATION

  • REGIONAL ACCREDITING ORGANIZATIONS (2012-2013)
    CHEA maintains this updated page of links, contact information, and areas of geographic authority of the six regional accrediting organizations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS); New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NSACS); Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS); and the two divisions of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
     
  • STATE USES OF ACCREDITATION – RESULTS OF A 50-STATE INVENTORY (September 2010)
    The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) contracted with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to conduct a fifty-state inventory of how states use accreditation; the resulting responses were used to prepare this report.
     

DETC – DISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING COUNCIL

  • DETC ACCREDITING COMMISSION
    The DETC Accrediting Commission identifies and accredits distance education and training institutions that have attained and maintained the standards deemed necessary to operate at a high level of quality.
     

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