California to Open a New Community College and Progress at the Other 114

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If you could start completely from scratch, how would you design an institution of higher education? The California Community College System plans to open its 115th institution in October. And it is an interesting answer to that question. Based upon their published materials and a presentation to Online Teaching Conference in June, Calbright College, which […]

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New Federal Regulations Ready for Your Comments – Accreditation-Related Regulations

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This is the second of two posts on the new regulations that the U.S. Department of Education released in the Federal Register earlier this week. The first post focused on state authorization and student notification issues. This post focuses on several issues under the purview of accreditation. Do read down through the list of regulations […]

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New Federal Regulations Ready for Your Comments – State Authorization and Student Notifications

A July 2019 calendar with July 12 circled in red

The Federal Rulemaking process has taken its next step. The U.S. Department of Education released in the Federal Register a portion of the proposed regulations. This first set of regulations focuses on accreditation and state authorization. The proposed language came out of the consensus language from the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee meetings that we covered extensively […]

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Negotiated Rulemaking: Accreditation, Student Identify Verification, Student Disclosures, and Other Proposed Regulations

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This is the fourth and final post in our blog post series on the results of the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking process. You may recall that there were many issues covered by the negotiated rulemaking committee and to our pleasant surprise, consensus was reached. With so many issues, we divided our review of […]

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Negotiated Rulemaking: What Happened with State Authorization and Licensure Notifications?

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In this second of our blogs dedicated to exploring the outcomes of the recent negotiated rulemaking sessions, Cheryl Dowd and Russ Poulin focus on the state authorization for distance education language that transpired from those conversations. They also share some integral changes to professional licensure notifications, as those requirements have been expanded to ALL programs […]

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Negotiated Rulemaking Reaches Consensus: An Overview of Processes, Issues, and Next Steps

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In this first of several blogs dedicated to sharing the meaningful outcomes of the three-month negotiated rulemaking sessions, Cheryl Dowd and Russ Poulin announce some exciting news and provide an overall assessment of the process and results from these important sessions. Enjoy! –Erin Walton, contract editor for WCET Consensus was a surprise! That is right, […]

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ED Negotiated Rulemaking: Innovation Subcommittee Completes Its Work and Makes Several Recommendations

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The “Distance Learning and Education Innovation” Subcommittee of the current U.S. Department of Education negotiated rulemaking process completed its work last week. While several reports highlighted that there was disagreement on issues, there has been less attention paid to the general agreement the negotiators were reaching on a long list of regulations under consideration. There […]

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ED Negotiated Rulemaking: Thoughts, Updates, and New Position Papers from OLC, UPCEA, & WCET

The Department of Education has a long list of higher education regulations under consideration in its negotiated rulemaking process. As the calendar of meetings winds down, the path to agreement on most issues remains rocky, but not impossible. Lost in the reporting about disagreements has been the (at least modest) progress that has been made […]

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ED Negotiated Rulemaking: Issue Summary and Seeking Your Input

WCET continues to cover the wide-ranging set of rule changes that are being proposed under the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking process. The Department is seeking input on several major changes on issues with special focus on accreditation and how to handle “innovation” in qualifying students for federal financial aid. Examples of what is […]

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The Department of Education’s Plans for Overhauling Accrediting and Innovation Regulations

List of topics to be considered: Accreditation. Barriers to Innovation. State Authorization. Regular and Substantive Interaction CBE New Items to “Watch.” Other.

On Friday, October 13, the U.S. Department of Education published the unofficial version of its plan to establish an “Accreditation and Innovation” negotiated rule making committee. The final version should be published in the Federal Register today and includes the call for nominations to serve on the committee and three subcommittees.  You may recall that […]

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