The language of the law is Part H- Program
Integrity in section 496 related to Regional
Accrediting Agencies directing them to
require, “an institution that offers distance
education to have processes through which
the institution establishes that the student
who registers in a distance education course
or program is the same student who
participates and completes the program and
receives the academic credit.”
In the section related to Accrediting Agencies
◦ They will need to add to their standards
◦ The will need to train their visiting teams
◦ They will need to monitor
May be Regulations by Dept of Ed.
◦ One sentence in a huge act all of which may need
◦ Regulations made by “Negotiated Rulemaking”
◦ Probably will start the process in Spring 2009
Regional Accrediting Agencies are talking
about this together.
“Distance Ed” Klonoski appointed by NEASC
as their rep in these conversations
Diane Goldsmith working with WCET – and
others nationally on the issue.
CTDLC Executive Council met with Barbara
Brittingham, NEASC’s Director of the
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
◦ Pedagogy NOT Technology for the response
◦ No undue financial burdens on institution or student
◦ Authentication is not the same as cheating/plagiarism
◦ Students interact with the institution in a variety of
ways outside the classroom, so we know our students.
◦ Belief that this is really about “diploma mills.”
This is the law that NEASC must follow.
Be prepared to address how your institution
approaches the issue through:
◦ faculty training
◦ instructional design
◦ assessment plans
◦ work with student service providers
◦ course monitoring
◦ or other methods which your institution believes
protects the integrity of your online classes and
◦ Diverse methods of assessment
◦ Step-based assessments
◦ Test banks with random question selection
◦ Use of chat/discussion forums where students
“fingerprint” their writing and thinking
Interaction amongst students/student
services staff and faculty
◦ Monitor grades
◦ Use of student services
Review NEASC’s guidelines for Evaluation of
Distance Learning (link in Nov. CTDLC
Watch for updates in the CTDLC newsletter
Let Diane Goldsmith know about any issues
that arise on your campus that might help
others – especially those with NEASC visits.