Category Archives: complaint process

The Announcement of the Delay was Delayed, but the Result is a Delay!

When is a “delay” not a delay? The Department of Education’s latest regulation on state authorization went into effect on July 1. The Department wanted to announce a delay of the effective date before last Sunday. They missed that deadline. The final notice of the delay was not published in the Federal Register until July 3. Not […]

Higher Education Act – Innovations, Definitions, and State Authorization

When passed in 1965, the Higher Education Act (HEA) was intended to “to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary and higher education.” Updated or “reauthorized” several times since then, the Act has historically housed most of federal resources and regulations for higher education […]

Federal Student Complaint Requirements – Is Your Institution in Compliance Today?

Does your institution have a well designed, easily understood, and compliant complaint process? Today we welcome Cheryl Dowd, Director of the State Authorization Network, and Jennifer L. Parks, Director, Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA), to review the federal student complaint requirements. They also provide recommendations for implementation of the complaint process notification and review […]

Call to Action: Comment on State Authorization for Distance Education Regulation

I encourage you and/or your institution to submit comments on the state authorization regulation proposed recently (press release, proposed regulations) by the U.S. Department of Education. In a recent post, I gave you a “first look” at the language, included some analysis about what is new, and commented on some implications. In this post, I will […]

Department of Education State Authorization for Distance Ed Regulations-A First Look

This morning the U.S. Department of Education released its proposed new regulations (press release, proposed regulations) for the state authorization of distance education programs. Institutional personnel and the public are invited to submit comments by August 24. This post will focus on the contents of the proposal. In this post, we will: Summarize the major […]

Update on the Five Types of State Authorization Regulations

Hello from Washington, DC and the NACUA (National Association of College and University Attorneys) Annual Conference. As part of my role on a state authorization panel, I was asked to give an overview of the Department of Education’s state authorization regulations. After the U.S. Department of Education’s recent announcement that it expects states and institutions […]

State Authorization “On Ground” Rule: No More Delays, More Confusion to Come

The final state authorization deadline for “on ground” programs approaches quickly A U.S. Department of Education regulation that outlines steps states must take in overseeing institutions within their own boundaries will take effect on July 1 of this year. It originally was slated to take effect in 2011, but has been delayed by a year […]

State Authorization – Changes Proposed to Regulatory Language at April Meeting

NOTE:  Since publishing this blog post, the Department released an updated document that includes proposed wording resulting from discussion at the April meeting. — Russ Members of the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee proposed many options for the federal rules that institutions would need to meet regarding the state authorization of distance education. […]

SHEEO State Authorization Survey: Updates and Trends

Thank you to our guest bloggers Marianne Boeke of NCHEMS and Sharmila Basu Mann of SHEEO.  Both of their organizations share the same building as WCET, and we have enjoyed working together with them on the state authorization issue.  With funding from WCET’s State Authorization Network, we’ve been able to support Marianne’s work in helping […]

USDOE Will Not Enforce Its Distance Ed State Authorization Regs, but Questions Remain

In a “Dear Colleague” letter issued on July 27, the U.S. Department of Education revealed that it will NOT enforce the controversial distance education provision of the state authorization regulations. To verify this news, Megan Raymond and I called Sophia McArdle of the U.S. Department of Education.  She is the new person responsible for interpreting […]