Education Department quietly backs away from state authorization
- The Education Department announced Friday—on the third page of a five-page attachment to a letter sent to institutions—that distance education programs will no longer be required to get authorization in every state where they enroll at least one student.
- The decision comes on the heels of a June appeals court decision that upheld a lower court’s decision to overturn the rule.
- The letter noted that colleges will still have to get permission to operate in their home states and comply with other states’ current laws on authorization, and it is unclear at this time whether the Education Department will try to create another state authorization requirement.
From the article:
WASHINGTON -- In a reversal of one of the most sweeping and controversial portions of its program integrity rules, the Education Department said Friday that it will no longer enforce a requirement that distance education programs obtain permission to operate in every state in which they enroll at least one student. The change was announced quietly - on the third page of a five-page attachment to a "Dear Colleague" letter that the Education Department sent to institutions Friday - but will likely be cheered by many in higher education. ...
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