March | April 2017

Learning Across State Lines


It soon may be easier for universities to offer online classes across state lines—and that also could be good for state higher education officials.
In April, teams of higher education leaders and policymakers from 47 states met in Indianapolis to learn about the new State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. 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.
“Technology is outpacing states’ ability to regulate in a number of areas,” said John Mountjoy, CSG’s director of policy, research and special projects. “Nowhere is this more apparent than in education—specifically online higher education. Through the work of CSG and our partners, states are on the cusp of adopting a new framework, which will enable adult learners around the country to quickly and easily pursue their education goals without the difficulty of state-to-state regulatory inconsistencies.”
State team members are identifying and exploring steps their states will need to take to extend reciprocal approval of online degree programs, including anticipated nonpartisan educational outreach and any policy changes that might be needed to achieve the objectives of the education compact. The four regional higher education compacts will coordinate the reciprocity agreements and support state implementation.

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