- Quality Assurance for Distance Education: Thoughts from SHEEO President Paul Lingenfelter (August 2011)
- The Federalization of Higher Education? An Address to the President's Forum Conference (March 2011)
- WCET Blog Post: SHEEO State Authorization Survey: Updates and Trends (October 2012)
- WCET Blog Post: 10 Steps to Begin the Process of State Authorization (May 2012)
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.
- FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE OF APRIL 16, 2013
- U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: PROGRAM INTEGRITY INFORMATION SITE
The U.S. Department of Education has created this site in order to ensure questions coming into the Department about the Program Integrity Regulations are consolidated and easily accessible to interested parties. The site also includes links to various resources with additional guidance pertaining to the Program Integrity Issues.
- 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
- APPEAL TO (FEBRUARY 21, 2012) AND RULING BY (JUNE 5, 2012) US COURT OF APPEALS
The USDOE appeals the decision of the District Court to the US Court of Appeals; the District Court ruling is upheld by the US Court of Appeals.
- U.S. DISTRICT COURT RULING (July 12, 2011)
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rules in favor of APSCU, vacating the distance education provision of the federal program integrity rules on a procedural technicality.
- LAWSUIT AGAINST THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (January 21, 2011)
Lawsuit submitted by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) against the US Department of Education (USDOE), in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, protesting the USDOE Program Integrity Rules authorizing the Federal government to enforce state agency regulations on the approval of postsecondary education institutions to operate.
- RELATED WCET BLOG POSTS
- FULL CHRONOLOGY OF LAWSUIT, COURT RULINGS, AND DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTERS (SEPTEMBER 7, 2012)
- DOW LOHNES ANALYSIS OF LAWSUIT AND COURT RULINGS (JUNE 5, 2012)
HIGHER EDUCATION COMPLIANCE ALLIANCE
- PUBLICATIONS RELATED TO THE USED’S PROGRAM INTEGRITY RULES
The Compliance Alliance’s central website repository on laws, regulations, resource pages, and publications related to the US Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rules.
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.
- STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT (SARA) – FINAL DRAFT (August 2012)
Crafted by the President’s Forum and the Council of State Governments (CSG) with funding from the Lumina Foundation, and informed by conversations with a wide variety of constituent organizations including the regional compacts for higher education, this paper presents the final draft of a reciprocity agreement that also provides legislative language to states and aims to outline an organizational and financing framework to support such an agreement.
- STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT (SARA) – WORKING DRAFT (April 2012)
Crafted by the President’s Forum and CSG with funding from the Lumina Foundation, this paper presents a working draft of a reciprocity agreement that also aims to outline an organizational and financing framework to support such an agreement.
- TOWARD A MODEL TEMPLATE UPON WHICH AN INTERSTATE RECIPROCITY COMPACT OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION COULD BE BASED (October 2011)
Created for the President’s Forum’s Multi-State Reciprocity project, this policy paper seeks to offer a basis for discussion and modification of a cross-state reciprocity compact.
- MULTI-STATE RECIPROCITY IN POSTSECONDARY APPROVAL AND REGULATION (September 2010)
Funded by the Lumina Foundation, this Presidents’ Forum project seeks to create a common template for the substance and processes of state approval, and, with the assistance of the Council for State Governments, to draft and educate policy makers about the benefits of model compact legislation that might support increased reciprocity and efficiencies among the states.
- ALIGNING STATE APPROVAL AND REGIONAL ACCREDITATION FOR ONLINE POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS: A NATIONAL STRATEGY (Fall 2009)
The Presidents’ Forum task force, created to define and devise strategies to remove unnecessary barriers to student access, produced this paper as a final report, which eventually led to the creation of the organization’s Multi-State Reciprocity project.
COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERNMENTS
- NATIONAL CENTER FOR INTERSTATE COMPACTS: MULTI-STATE DISTANCE EDUCATION RECIPROCITY COMPACT
Website containing up-to-date information about the collaborative project between the Presidents’ Forum and the Council of State Governments, funded by the Lumina Foundation, to draft a multi-state reciprocity compact aimed at reducing issues of duplicative and inconsistent state-to-state regulations.
- CSG KNOWLEDGE CENTER BLOG: INTERSTATE RECIPROCITY COMPACT
Council of State Governments (CSG) resource which collects all CSG blog posts concerning the development and implementation of interstate reciprocity agreements for state authorization.
- STATE AUTHORIZATION UPDATES ON RECIPROCITY & SURVEYS
A WCET blog providing periodic updates on the status of reciprocity agreement projects and State Authorization surveys.
- STATE APPROVAL: CREATING MODEL RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS
WCET Guest Blogger Paul Shiffman of the President’s Forum discusses his thoughts on creating model reciprocity compacts for postsecondary approval and regulation.
- STATE APPROVAL REGULATIONS FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION: A “STARTER LIST” WITH ADDENDUM (April 2011)
This publication from WCET, SREB, ADEC, and the University of Wyoming, constructed through research, surveys, and agency feedback, begins a compilation of all of the agencies and regulations for each state relative to their approval process for distance education programs.
- WCET’S STATE AUTHORIZATION NETWORK (SAN)
Information about the WCET State Authorization Network (SAN), a membership network of distance education authorizers from institutions, systems, and consortia across the US working collaboratively to navigate the multiplicity of state regulations processes for distance education.
- 2010 FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON STATE APPROVAL OF OUT-OF-STATE PROVIDERS
A site chronicling the history and current status of the 2010 federal program integrity rules.
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
- GOING THE DISTANCE: ONLINE EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES, 2011 (November 2011)
Based on responses from over 2,500 academic leaders, the ninth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, seeks to serve as a barometer of online learning in the United States.
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.
- RECIPROCITY: LEAPING OVER THE STATE AUTHORIZATION BARRIER (June 2012)
Archived presentation and presentation materials from the WCET webinar discussing the Presidents’ Forum/Council of State Governments model reciprocity agreement, The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
- STATE AUTHORIZATION UPDATE: WHAT’S HAPPENING AND WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? (March 2012)
Archived presentation and presentation materials from the WCET webinar discussing the status of state authorization (federal regulations, reciprocity, action items for institutions), with guest presentations from SREB and Dow Lohnes.
- STATE AUTHORIZATION & DISTANCE LEARNING: WHERE ARE WE NOW? (March 2012)
Archived presentation and presentation materials from the UMassOnline webinar discussing the status of state authorization for distance education entities.