Category Archives: licensure

What is Distance Education? – Definitions and Delineations

Close your eyes (not for too long) and answer the question: “What is distance education?” Did you envision the same concept and experiences as I did? Even though more than one-quarter of all higher education students in the United States and a roughly equivalent number in Canada now take at least one distance education course, […]

Call to Action: EVERYONE Should Respond to Teacher Prep Distance Ed Regs

If you have not paid attention to the proposed “Teacher Prep” regulations, it’s time to do so. Once again “distance education” is being treated differently by the U.S. Department of Education. Certainly, institutions with distance education programs that prepare students to become certified K-12 teachers should respond. In talks with Deborah Koolbeck (Director, Government Relations) […]

Teacher Prep Regulations and Distance Education: We’ll Soon Need Your Input

The U.S. Department of Education’s long-delayed “Teacher Prep” regulations look like they will soon be back in the limelight. In a subtle addition to the Department’s web page that tracks the progress of this proposed regulation, the following statement was recently added: “We have formally submitted a supplemental Notice of Proposed Rule Making to the […]

State Authorization & Supervised Field Experiences: Easier Than You Think

We welcome guest blogger Alan Contreras who is a former regulator for the state of Oregon and is the chief interpreter (not his official title) for all the details of how states and colleges are implementing SARA (the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) in their own settings. SARA allows some field experiences (face-to-face clinical, practica, interships […]

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Promotes Interstate Distance Ed and Telehealth

Thank you to Nancy Spector for her guest blog post. You can see her in the WCET Annual Meeting session on Interstate Agreements in State Authorization on Wednesday, November 11 at 3:30. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is embarking on an exciting new initiative.  In May 2015 NCSBN’s membership met in […]

What Can Happen If I Don’t Follow State Authorization Regulations?

Those of us in WCET’s State Authorization Network (SAN) and in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) leadership often get asked the questions: “Does anyone really enforce ‘state authorization’ in the U.S.?” “Why don’t I read in the higher education news about colleges being fined for ‘state authorization’ violations?” States are watching, regulating, and taking […]

Goodbye Lake Wobegone: Proposed Teacher Prep Regulations and Distance Ed

December 12, 2014 It was a quiet week in Lake Wobegone… …and then new Teacher Prep regulations were released. On December 3rd, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed new accountability regulations for teacher preparation programs.  Public comment will be accepted until February 2, 2015.  If implemented, these regulations will have a big impact on […]

Nursing Regulation’s Prelicensure Guidelines for Distance Education Programs

November 14, 2014 I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Nancy Spector over the past few years as the National Council of State Boards of Nursing works on the issue of prelicensure Nursing requirements across the states.  They have made significant progress in developing a “home state” model that will eventually require that only […]

State Authorization Negotiated Rulemaking: What Happened? What’s Next?

The U.S Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking process is designed to advise the Department on regulations that they are seeking to implement or change. Negotiators are chosen to represent the different constituencies that have an interest in the outcome. Thanks to support from many of you, I was selected to be the negotiator representing the […]

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. […]