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Distance Learning – Regulations and Compliance


Distance Learning – Regulations and Compliance

Wed. Jan 23, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Education Center/Library, Room 405

Distance  Learning:
Regulations &  Compliance

       Every U.S. state has its own set of rules, regulations  and requirements for chartering and authorizing institutions of  higher education. However, with the expansion of branch campuses  across state borders and accessibility of Internet-based learning,  rules, regulations and requirements are continually being reviewed  and revised.

       As Internet-based learning has grown in both availability and  sophistication, the institutions and other organizations offering  courses and programs increasingly find themselves battling against  an array of laws, regulations, rules and policies at the federal and  state levels, and among accreditors and other quality-assurance  organizations. This compliance – at best – can be costly, and – at  worst – has erected barriers to access.

       Between new Federal rules returning to the credit-hour  standard, and state laws that require schools that enroll learners  in 100% online courses to nonetheless secure a state license, there  is considerable fear, confusion and significant  misinformation.

       Join your colleagues from across the country where we  will provide you a summary of the state of all levels of  regulation as it affects distance learning and provide a roadmap for  navigating the complexities that surround the  field. 


Michael B. Goldstein currently serves as Co-Practice Leader, Higher Education with Dow Lohnes.

Topics Covered

Join our expert presenter as he addresses:
The basic regulatory structures that apply to distance learning.
The obligations of institutions to secure approvals from some – but not all – states.
The obligation of institutions to inform students where the school is allowed to accept enrollments.
The importance of property informing students regarding their ability to use their degrees to secure professional certifications, such as in teaching and nursing.

Suzanne Thomas (843) 792-1533
Office of Institutional Effectiveness
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