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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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State Authorization – Proposed Regulatory Language from Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee is discussing the return of the federal regulation requiring institutions to be authorized in each state in which it enrolls students eligible for Title IV financial aid. The Committee meets next week for what is supposed to be its final chance to discuss this issue.  Today (April […]

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Proposed State Authorization Regulations (Second Set): Provide Your Feedback

April 7, 2014 Provide your input on some proposed federal regulations regarding state authorization and distance education. If you are concerned, inform the Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee is discussing the possible return of the federal regulation requiring institutions to be authorized in each state in which it enrolls […]

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Putting a Student Face on Not Complying with State Authorization

In talking to institutions about state authorization, we often get asked about the consequences to the institution for not complying with the regulations.  Rarely do we get asked about the impact on students.  We became aware of some instances where students were directly impacted by state authorization and wanted to share their stories. Meet Claudia […]

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Ignoring state authorization? How long can you tread water?

As part of our coverage of the state authorization issue, we at WCET have met several regulators charged with enforcing those rules.  We asked Alan Contreras, who recently retired from Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization and is now a higher education consultant, to serve as guest blogger and to answer a question we get asked […]

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