State Approval Regulations for Distance Education
In October 2010, the U.S. Department of Education released regulations requiring institutions offering distance or correspondence education in other states to “meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering post-secondary distance or correspondence education in that State.” The Office of Academic Affairs continues to closely monitor this situation and believes that USG institutions that offer distance education programs should be determining which states they need to seek approval/licensure and then apply in each of those states.
We will continue to update this site as we gain more information.
State information is based on responses to Dr. Noble’s March 22, 2011 email to each state.
The USG primary contacts for Distance Education Regulations information have received an email regarding a matrix of requirements by state. The matrix is available in the Documents section of this website. The content of the matrix is based solely on our interpretation of the information received in response to Dr. Noble’s March 22, 2011 email to each state. Please continue to check the WCET blog posts and other resources that we will frequently post to this site to monitor updates by state.
At this time, each USG institution should begin to seek approval from those states in which regulations would require you to do so. We will continue to update the USG Distance Education website as frequently as new information becomes available.