Colmon Elridge | Director, NCIC


State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Many of today’s colleges and universities employ online learning with varied degrees of onsite support for students on a national, and even international, scale. Regulatory requirements and evaluative measures, however, vary considerably from state to state, making interstate reciprocity difficult to achieve. This problem is costing states and institutions significant amounts of money.
CSG, The Presidents’ Forum, the existing regional higher education compacts and The Commission on the Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education have collaborated to advance an effective, practical framework to achieve interstate reciprocity in the regulation of distance education. This voluntary State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is intended to broaden the availability of and access to accredited online degree programs by reducing state regulatory barriers, while also ensuring strong consumer safeguards.
The agreement allows states and institutions to work together to address an existing patchwork of regulation across states while strengthening the states' roles in protecting students from unfair or illegal practices. With funding from the Lumina Foundation and the Gates Foundation a national office has already been formed and the agreement is ready for state and institutional participation.
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Status: First working draft complete and available for feedback.
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