- With guidance from the Council of State Governments, policy experts are working on a national framework for providing institutions with authorization in one state while allowing them to operate in any other state participating in an agreement.
- The group is expected to finalize its recommendations soon, though the changes would require legislative action in several states.
- Additionally, the Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education began meeting in June to find ways of making the state authorization process less costly while ensuring quality and consumer protections.
From the article:
State regulation of online programs has presented problems for both for-profit and nonprofit colleges seeking to enroll students across the country. The various standards and costs of licensing an online college create a complex and sometimes expensive patchwork of regulations that can be barriers for institutions. ...