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Education Dept. Again Delays State-Authorization Rules


The Chronicle of Higher Education. June 23, 2014.

The U.S. Department of Education has once more pushed back the deadline for compliance with a requirement that colleges be properly authorized by state governments, according to a notice to be published in Tuesday’s Federal Register.

In 2010 the department issued rules containing a provision requiring colleges to seek approval from each state where they enroll students online. A court overturned that portion of the rules in 2011. The regulations also contained state standards that were set to take effect in July 2014, after the department delayed the effective date by a year.

Tuesday’s notice announces a further delay, pushing the effective date of the rules back another year, to July 1, 2015.

The notice says that the department is making the extension “in order to provide states with additional time to finalize processes for those institutions to be able to comply” with the state-authorization provisions.