Regulating Online Postsecondary Education: State Issues and Options

The National Governors Association (NGA) has recently released an issue brief on the regulation of distance learning.  In Regulating Online Postsecondary Education: State Issues and Options, the NGA provide some background and the current “State of the States” regarding state regulation of online and hybrid programs.  After giving a overview of recent developments, the brief provides some guidance for states as they move forward:

As states consider a number of options for changing their authorization policies and practices for online postsec- ondary programs, governors should consider requesting a review of existing laws and regulations in this area. The review would be designed to identify opportunities for simplifying and streamlining the process and to explore the possibility of joining an interstate reciprocity agreement for authorization. The review should address questions that include the following:

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Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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