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2011State authorization 2


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2011State authorization 2

  1. 1. State Authorization – One Year Later Ongoing Efforts and Reciprocity Dr. Bruce N. Chaloux Southern Regional Education Board WCET 23 rd Annual Conference
  2. 2. Ongoing Efforts… <ul><li>President’s Forum/CSG </li></ul><ul><li>APLU National Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Efforts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SREB’s ‘Free Trade Zone’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WICHE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Congressional e-Learning Caucus </li></ul><ul><li>UPCEA </li></ul><ul><li>NASASPS </li></ul><ul><li>SHEEO </li></ul>
  3. 3. Presidents’ Forum/Council of State Governments <ul><li>Enhance the current regulatory environment with an interstate reciprocal agreement (new) making the regulatory process more efficient and encouraging expanded access for students. </li></ul><ul><li>Key Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Define agreeable and beneficial multistate requirements and processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a new statutory model providing states authority to participate in reciprocal compacts. </li></ul><ul><li>Create an efficient financial support mechanism for regulatory services and consumer protection. </li></ul>
  4. 4. CSG Compact…Emerging Issues and Challenges <ul><li>Establishing protocols that states can accept </li></ul><ul><li>Strong state/weak state authorization differences </li></ul><ul><li>Physical presence ‘triggers’ </li></ul><ul><li>Fee structure and increasing state focus on revenue generation </li></ul><ul><li>Broad and ongoing administration of the compact </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection/reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional acceptance (seems like a no brainer but is complicated…) </li></ul>
  5. 5. APLU National Commission on Distance Ed Regulations <ul><li>Organize a national commission to… </li></ul><ul><li>“ develop a sound and reasonable regulatory structure for distance learning in the country” </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to address </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Confusing and burdensome regulatory process in 50 states that would </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Slow the growth of distance education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Restrict innovation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase costs unnecessarily </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Broad national representation </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reciprocity…A Reasonable Pathway ( Permissible Under the Original Regulations) <ul><li>We continue to believe that we do not need to regulate or specifically authorize reciprocal agreements . If both States provide authorizations for institutions that comply with § 600.9 and they have an agreement to recognize each other’s authorization, we would consider the institution legally authorized in both States as long as the institution provided appropriate documentation of authorization from the home State and of the reciprocal agreement. In addition, the institution must provide the complaint contact information under 34 CFR 668.43(b) for both States.” </li></ul><ul><li>In making these clarifications, we are in no way preempting any State laws, regulations, or other requirements established by any State regarding reciprocal agreements, distance education, or correspondence study. </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Register /Vol. 75, No. 209 / Friday, October 29, 2010 /Rules and Regulations Page 66867 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reciprocity Approaches <ul><li>Keeps the focus on serving students and institutional quality (consumer protection) </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizes and values the approval of the home state (an educational ‘driver’s license’) </li></ul><ul><li>Builds on state knowledge of institutional capabilities in online programming </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizes the direction that state authorization appears to be headed </li></ul><ul><li>Saves time and money for state agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces institutional burdens and costs </li></ul><ul><li>Provides greater learning options for students </li></ul>
  8. 8. SREB’s Reciprocal ‘Free Trade Zone’ <ul><li>Institutions wishing to participate in the Electronic Campus are required to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand and commit to the ‘Principles of Good Practice’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have the approval of their home state SHEEO agency that the institution is committed to the principles and delivery of quality online programs and services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repose in the Electronic Campus database detailed information about courses, programs, services, institutional policies and procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update program data annually </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Establishing “Free Trade Zone II” <ul><li>Ask each state to re-affirm Free Trade Zone philosophy and reciprocity arrangement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Address changes necessitated by 600.9 (and expected in any new regs to follow) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address new issues/concerns, e.g. complaint procedures and data collection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Require states to opt in/out in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Review and amend (as needed) Principles of Good Practice/ Electronic Campus requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Establish protocols to work with other regional or national organizations </li></ul>
  10. 10. Which of the following statements best describes your institution's progress in addressing the state authorization regulation? (%) N=215 Almost All Institutions Have Done Something; Few Have Applied to a State Performed some initial steps: 40% Contacted some or all states: 26% Applied to one or more states: 28% More than two-thirds (69%) of the institutions have not applied to any state.
  11. 11. What You Need to Be Doing… <ul><li>Continue to pursue state approval in those states where you are operating and must have approval </li></ul><ul><li>Must have an ‘adequate’ complaint process in place or request and extension to July, 2013 explaining compliance plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must have documentation of all state extension requests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must provide information about the complaint agency in any state a student resides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>‘ Substantial misrepresentation’ (false information) includes failure to disclose state approval </li></ul>
  12. 12. Bruce Chaloux [email_address] 404.875.9211 Questions & Discussion