State Authorization; Authorizations & Regulations
Proposed Rule by the Department of Education to Delay Regulations on Program Integrity and Improvement (May 25, 2018)
Notice of Proposed Rule by the Secretary of the Department of Education to Delay the Effective Date of the Final Regulations entitled Program Integrity and Improvement. The Program Integrity and Improvement regulation, scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2018, requires distance education programs to become authorized to operate in each state where their students reside, among other provisions. The Secretary proposes to delay the rule’s implementation until July 1, 2020 and cites in the Department’s reasoning an American Council on Education letter that outlines issues with the state authorization regulations, such as the ineligibility of certain students for federal financial aid due to their out-of-state online coursework. Interested parties must submit their comments on or before June 11, 2018.