The Lumina Foundation is putting $2.3 million behind a growing effort to reduce the regulatory burden on institutions that offer online courses to students across state lines, according to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
An outspoken advocate for affordable college tuition in Nebraska has left his post as director of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to lead an effort to make online courses more accessible.
The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, an initiative to simplify the process by which distance education providers are authorized to operate in individual states, has begun staffing its central and regional offices.
Kansas higher education officials on Tuesday expressed support for a national plan that they said would make it easier to enroll online students from other states.
Getting licensed to enroll just one out-of-state student in an online college course can cost a Nebraska school thousands of dollars and an exhaustive program review.
In the fall of 2010, the Department of Education issued a series of regulations including one specifically relating to "State Authorization."
Kansas public universities seek bill that they say would streamline process to offer online courses in other states (February 6, 2014)
Public universities in Kansas urged legislators on Thursday to approve a bill that higher education officials said would streamline their ability to offer online courses to out-of-state students.
Indiana has been approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) as the first state to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).