Final Report of the Distance Education Commission: Advancing Access through Regulatory Reform

In a move that will help transform the delivery of distance learning, a diverse group of higher education and state leaders, accreditors, and regulators led by former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley today unveiled plans for a new interstate reciprocity system that will significantly streamline regulations and allow universities and colleges to more easily offer online courses across the country.  The Commission on the Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education’s report seeks to free higher education institutions from the maze of costly, inefficient, and inconsistent regulations and laws in different states that often make it difficult to offer online courses to students who reside outside an institution’s home state.  The plan also sets in place consumer protections to safeguard students.

Publication Date: 
Monday, April 15, 2013
Commission on the Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education