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

A July 2019 calendar with July 12 circled in red

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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State Authorization Lawsuit: Court and Ed Department Need to Work Together to Avoid Causing More Confusion for Students and Institutions

A photo of a gavel on a keyboard representing a legal finding in a technology-based case.

As one of my favorite columnists, Dave Barry, used to say, “I am not making this up!”  Maybe what I am about to share isn’t as exciting to you as last week’s release of “Avengers: Endgame” or Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” episode, but I kid you not, we are living in real life plot twisting […]

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

Graphic that reads "State Authorization" in red. The names of each state are written around the phrase "State Authorization."

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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Developing a State Authorization Policy: It’s About the Journey

Today we welcome Lisa Siefker and Robert Griffiths from The Ohio State University to share their journey to educate their institution, assess practices, create and implement processes that connect the core mission of the university to institutional compliance for out-of-state activities for the entire university.  The WCET/State Authorization Network (SAN) presents SANsational awards annually to […]

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Don’t Wait Out the Federal Rulemaking: These State Authorization Related Federal Regulations are Currently Enforceable!

Picture of the capitol building from the front.

Dan Silverman, WCET/State Authorization Network Assistant Director, and I are taking a brief break from the coverage of Negotiated Rulemaking as it affects State Authorization. We remembered that we needed to make good on a promise we made last summer to more fully explain several other currently effective Federal Regulations that relate to the work […]

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ED Negotiated Rulemaking: First Reactions and a Preview

Set of guiding princples in a list: Fairness to all students. Incentivize, don’t punish, institutions for being innovative. Transform quality assurance standards to rely on educational outcomes. Simplify regulations around financial aid program eligibility requirements. Protect student and federal financial aid investments.

A fond welcome and thank you to Van Davis, Foghlam Consulting, for his analysis of what will be discussed in the U.S. Department of Education’s rulemaking process, which begins this week. As you will see, there sure is a lot on their plate! With WCET’s Russ Poulin on one of the subcommittee’s, we will be […]

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ED Negotiated Rulemaking: Suggested Principles for Addressing Issues

The U.S. Department of Education begins meetings of its negotiated rulemaking main committee and subcommittees next week. There are several issues that will have an impact on the technology-enhanced higher education community. These decision will affect your students, faculty, and your operations.In this post we suggest some principles to use in developing regulatory language around a […]

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The Year in Review – What WCET Frontiers Posts Did You Read in 2018?

The top 10 (10 is crossed out and replaced with 12) WCET Frontiers Posts of 2018: 1. Interpreting What is Required for “Regular and Substantive Interaction” – originally published in 2016 2. E.U. Regulations That Are Enforceable Against U.S. Higher Education Institutions 3. Professional Licensure Notifications & Disclosures for Out-of-State Courses/Programs 4. State Authorization for Distance Ed Federal Regulation to be Implemented 07/01/2018 5. Sweeping Changes Proposed by the Department of Education 6. My online course quality rubric has a first name. It’s O-S-C-Q-R! 7. Is Your Distance Education Course Actually a Correspondence Course? –originally published in 2014 8. The Department of Education’s Plans for Overhauling Accrediting and Innovation Regulations 9. House HEA Proposes Changes for Distance Ed, CBE, and State Authorization – originally published in 2017 10. UNLV Pays a Cost for Not Notifying Students About Charges for Proctoring Services 11. Distance Education Enrollment Growth – Major Differences Persist Among Sectors 12. Federal Regulations Groundhog Day

In 2018, the idea for a “Most Popular Movie” Oscar (thankfully) came and went, we debated whether we heard “laurel” or “yanni,” and J.R. Smith looks lonely on the Cavaliers’ bench after forgetting the clock in the NBA Finals. While we did not cover any of those events in WCET’s Frontiers blog, our stories about […]

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UNLV Pays a Cost for Not Notifying Students about Charges for Proctoring Services

image of text reading: The moral of this story: Just in case anyone doubts it…there is a cost for not being compliant!

Cheryl Dowd, Director of the State Authorization Network, and I have been presenting this summer about the status of the federal state authorization regulation. In those presentations we remind people about other federal regulations that remain in place. The one that has most surprised those in our audiences is the requirement that students be notified […]

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